Information for Healthcare Professionals
Why Support Carers?
- Carers save the UK economy £119 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 (7 million)
- Surveys have shown that 83% of Carers said caring had a negative impact on their physical health and 87% said it had a negative impact on their mental health.
- 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.
- 38% of admissions into nursing or residential care are a result of Carer stress.
- Carers are 40% more likely to suffer from stress and depression then someone who is not a Carer.
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.
Supporting Carers: An Action Guide for GPs and their Teams (developed by the Royal College of General Practitioners in Partnership with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers)
Supporting Carers: The Case for Change (The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care)
Commissioning for Carers 2013 (Royal College of General Practitioners)