Carers UK carries out an annual survey of Carers to collect evidence on a whole range of issues affecting carers’ lives. This year over 7,000 people shared their views and experienc-es on what life is like for carers in 2017.
Developed by Herefordshire Council and Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and co-produced with Careers. It seeks to mitigate the challenges Carers face by:
changing the way that universal services are provided
newly commissioned Carers’ service to supplement existing universal services
helping Carers find information and support within their own communities
providing extra resource where Carers have a higher level of need
information, advice and signposting
A Joint Carers Strategy for Herefordshire 2017 - 2021
The Carers Action Plan 2018-2020 sets out how the government will improve support for Carers in England over the next 2 years. It is structured around the following themes:
services and systems that work for Carers
employment and financial wellbeing
supporting young Carers
recognising and supporting Carers in the wider community and society
building research and evidence to improve outcomes for Carers
The needs of carers will also be central to the forthcoming social care green paper due to be published in summer 2018.
National Carers Action Plan 2018 - 2020
Between 18 March – 31 July 2016, the Department of Health put out a call for evidence, How can we improve support for carers? They wanted to hear directly from carers about the most helpful, effective and important ways the health and care sector could improve support. 6,802 people and organisations responded with Carers accounted for 77% of these. The five priorities in the Action Plan are informed by the results of the call for evidence.
It is the statutory duty of Herefordshire Council and Clinical Commissioning Group, through the Health and Wellbeing Board, to produce a joint strategic needs assessment (JSNA) of the health and social care needs of the local area.
The JSNA should provide the basis for service planning and commissioning decisions by the local authority and health organisations.
For specific information about unpaid Carers in Herefordshire see P.34 of the report.