The Unpaid Carers programme is an award winning programme receiving highly commended for Workforce Initiative Award of the Year in 2020 and winning System Led Support for Carers at the 2019 HSJ Awards.
Many carers are ‘hidden’ and provide the majority of care without formal support. Being a carer can be stressful and have a major impact on your health, relationships, education and employment. With this in mind we are working with NHS England to ensure that identifying carers and supporting them is further embedded within our work. This includes developing ways to support the existing and future workforce who balance caring responsibilities, signposting and identifying service standards for all organisations – not just in the public sector.
Primary Care Quality Markers
For many carers, the biggest priority is the health and wellbeing of those they care for and as such they are more likely to neglect their own health and are known to put off treatment for themselves – with this in mind we are working closely with primary care professionals, including GPs and practice nurses to give carers the support they need.