We know that medical practice settings are often the first point of contact for patients and their carers, thus are in a good position to provide access to information and support for their carers.
Approximately 1 in 9 patients registered with a practice in Nottinghamshire are carers according to the definition set out by the Care Act 2014.
Carers Federation are:
- encouraging practices to become more carer aware and support them with the identification of their carers.
- working with practice to develop new resources, standardised pathways and policies for carers
- promoting carers health and well-being e.g. ensuring carers get flu vaccines, health checks and a voice in their GP practice
This includes the recruitment and ongoing support for a designated Carer Champion who will be a day to day point of contact for carers and professionals in each practice.
Identifying Carer in Medical Practices
Medical practices are ideally positioned to identify carers. A GP is often the first point of contact for a patient and their carer. Ensuring a carer gets the right information and support from the beginning will often have a positive impact on the overall care of the patient and health needs of the carer.
In Nottinghamshire South we use a simple ID and referral tool which starts the pathway to support and information for carers both within the practice and out in the community.
You will find the below card in the majority of Nottinghamshire South medical practices. The form will take less than 30 seconds to complete and will be handed back to member of staff who will register that carer and, where requested, send a referral for support to the Carer Hub Provider.
If you or a carer you know have any specific information or communication needs and require information about our services in an alternative format please let us know.
Contact us on 0115 962 9310