Why Support Carers?
(See Resources for further information, statistics and references)
- Carers save the UK economy £132 billion a year.
- Three in five people are Carers at some point in their lives in the UK.
- One in ten of the population are Carers (6.8 million).
- Surveys have shown that 72% of Carers in the UK said they had suffered mental ill health as a result of caring, while 61% said their physical health had worsened.
- Supporting Carers reduces admission and readmission of the cared for person into hospital, and significantly delays the need for the person being cared for to go into residential care.
Carers are often unaware of the support available to them. GPs and other Healthcare Professionals are the people most likely to come into contact with a Carer. Carers have the health of the person they care for to manage as well as their own.
If a Carer knows where to get information and support, they are more likely to seek advice in advance of a future crisis.
Working with GPs and the Hospital
The Carers’ Support Service has a dedicated team of Key Workers who work with GP practices based on their locality, with the aim of improving and promoting the health and wellbeing of Carers in North Lincolnshire. Free Information, support and training is available to health service providers such as GP practices, pharmacies, community health teams and charity organisations.
Our Hospital Liaison Officer, Bev Herron, has the same aim, but working solely within Scunthorpe General Hospital and Great Oaks.
For more information on how we can support you and your team, please contact the Carers’ Support Service on 01652 650585.
Free Training Opportunities
Carer Awareness Training
This training can be delivered in one hour. The aims are:
- To improve staff awareness of Carers and their particular challenges
- To improve Carers’ health and wellbeing by being identified promptly
- To ensure Carers are recognised as expert partners
- To inform professionals and staff about the support and services available to Carers
This is an opportunity to access invaluable training and continued professional development. Training can be delivered to individuals, groups, whole organisations or departments and, importantly, at a time that suits you at your place of work.
We are aware that not all practices find it easy to make time to access our training. We are available to talk to you and your team during your scheduled meetings. This usually takes 20 minutes.
The talk will cover the roles of our staff, the services available for Carers, what your practice can do to help increase the number of Carers being identified, and how to refer a Carer for support services.
Please contact us if you would like to access any of the training or if you have any questions about how we can best support you.