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 have:
- encouraged practices to become more carer aware and support them with the identification of their carers.
- worked with practice to develop new resources, standardised pathways and policies for carers
- promoted carers health and well-being e.g. ensuring carers get flu vaccines, health checks and a voice in their GP practice.
- recruited and offered 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.
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