“Across the UK today 6.5 million people are carers (including young carers under the age of 17), supporting a loved one who is older, disabled or seriously ill.”
“Why we are here” Carers UK website. Retrieved 14 February 2023.
Who are carers?
A carer is a person of any age (including children) who provides unpaid support (excluding statutory allowances such as Carer’s Allowance) to a partner, relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t cope without their help. This could be due to old age, frailty, disability, a serious health condition, mental ill health or substance misuse. Parents of children who are disabled or who have a serious health condition are also considered to be carers.
We know the valuable and essential contribution carers make to the health and care system but with this care giving we also know how this can impact on the health and wellbeing of carers. Carers can feel unsupported and isolated when it can be unclear about where to go for information or support. Young carers may experience educational difficulties with enforced absence and lateness due to their caring role.
Our support and please tell us if you are a carer
We know the significant contribution to the health and care system carers make but also value the care given to our individual patients who require care. We want to support carers both in their caring role and in maintaining their own health.
- We have brought together local and national information for carers please see under Supporting carers.
- Here at Burnham Health Centre, we are aiming to identify all our patients who are Carers. Please can you tell us that you are a carer if you have not done so already either by filling in the form below or informing one of our receptionists. Why this can help with the care we give is explained below, including information on support in the surgery.
Carers Identification Form
Please complete this form and return it to the Health Centre receptionist. You will then be registered in our Health Centre records as a Carer. With your permission we can also refer you to your local Carers’ Support organisation. If you live in Buckinghamshire this will be Carers Bucks. If you live in Slough, it will be Slough Carers Support.
Carers Identification Form v2
Carer’s Access Agreement Form
You will need to give this form to the person you care for. By completing this form, the patient gives consent for their carer to access their medical records and information relating to their care e.g., test results. Please ask the person you care for if they wish to complete this form and return the completed form to the Health Centre receptionist.
Carer’s Access Agreement v2
Burnham Carers’ Support Group
All carers are welcome to attend the Burnham Carers’ Support Group which is run jointly by Carers Bucks and Burnham Health Promotion Trust. The group meets on the last Friday of the month between 12 and 2pm at Burnham Youth Centre, Minniecroft Road, Burnham, SL1 7DE (Next to the Health Centre).
More information about the Burnham Carers’ Support Group and other local services is available from Burnham Health Promotion Trust, a registered charity, which has its office here in Burnham Health Centre. Tel. 01628 661441 or email [email protected]
Carers Bucks support
From Carers Bucks
“Do you look after someone who, due to illness, frailty or disability, cannot manage without you? If so, you are a carer and support is available. “
“Carers Bucks works in partnership with GP practices in Buckinghamshire, helping them to identify and support unpaid carers within their patient population and, as such, Burnham Health Centre is working with Carers Bucks to support carers who are patients at the practice. It is, therefore, very important that you have told the practice you are in a caring role, so that they can add you to their carers register. Being on a surgery’s carers register enables GP practice staff to be aware of your caring situation and the challenges that can sometimes accompany that role. It doesn’t mean you are entitled to preferential appointments, but the surgery should attempt to be flexible where possible.
Many GP surgeries, including Burnham Health Centre, now have a dedicated Carers Champion at the practice – a member of staff who is the main point of contact for caring-related topics and who liaises regularly with Carers Bucks.
As a carer, you are entitled to a free flu jab, too, so please do ensure that your GP practice is aware of your caring role so that they can fully support you.”
For more information, contact Carers Bucks on 03007772722, email: [email protected] or visit www.carersbucks.org.
Slough Carers support
From Slough Carers Support
“Slough Carers Support are able to provide support if you care for someone who is ill, frail or disabled. They provide:
- A Free Discount Card
- Help you to stay informed
- Help to improve your health and wellbeing
- Point you in the right direction to connect with others in a similar place to you”
Please contact Slough Carers Support for further information on: Tel: 01753 303428, Email: [email protected] or visit www.sloughcarerssupport.co.uk