“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.
- Please can you tell us that you are a carer if you have not done so already either by filling in
- the form under update your personal details or informing one of our receptionists and we will add a code to your notes (on the GP computer system) to show that you are a Carer.
- On occasions proxy access allows carers to access health services on behalf of dependants they care for. This is explained in more detail under Online access to your records, including how this is obtained.
- Please also see direct help in the section below which includes general support from the practice, but also some specific support under practice self-referral support which may be of help.