Information for Healthcare Professionals

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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 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.

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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.

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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.

Outcomes would include: the identification of more Carers, a greater understanding of their needs and the challenges they face, knowledge of services available for Carers, and appropriate referral routes.

Carers’ Champion Training

This is a one-day workshop (6 hours) with lunch included. If you have three or more staff that would like training, this can take place at your place of work, otherwise, look out for dates of training taking place at the Carers’ Support Centre.

The main aim of this workshop is to develop an action plan for your individual practice and provide your Carers’ Champions with:

  • An understanding of their role as Carers’ Champions
  • A greater understanding and awareness of Carers
  • An awareness of support available to Carers and referral pathways
  • Information and knowledge to increase their confidence in their ability to help your practice support and identify Carers
  • Knowledge of how to involve Carers in patient care
  • A template for auditing the support your practice offers Carers
  • Guidance on the first steps to implementing their action plan

Team Talks

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.

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GP Carers' Registration Form    PDF    Word

Carers' Referral Form    PDF    Word    Online

Consent Form - Sharing Information with a Patient's Carer    PDF    Word

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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: Key Principles for Clinical Commissioning Groups (Carers Trust)

Commissioning for Carers 2013 (Royal College of General Practitioners)

The Community Pharmacy: A Guide for General Practitioners and Practice Staff - July 2013

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Caring News (September to November 2018)

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