Carers contribution to the wellbeing of others is invaluable; without unpaid carers the state would need to spend significantly more on health and social care. It is a known fact that Carers tend to neglect their own health; their priority being to look after the one they care for.
Carers should be recognised as expert partners as they are the ones who most understand and know the people they care for. Their relationship with the cared for can enhance patient care and help identify any problems. Without the input of the carer vital information may be lost. Involving the carer will lead to good patient care.
Over 80% of carers have seen their GP in any year; a far higher proportion than any other professional support team. Primary care is often the initial point of access for further support for carers and as such has a significant role in identifying carers. It is clear that supporting carers benefits both the carer and the cared for.
Having a named member of staff as a Carers Lead will raise awareness about carers amongst the practice staff who will then understand and acknowledge the role.
Belmont Medical Centre
Kington (The Meads)
Ledbury Market Street