NHS North Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is committed to improving the lives of carers.
In order to improve the lives of carers in our area and to further enhance the services already provided by GPs and hospitals, the Derbyshire Carers Association (DCA) have launched a Carers Pledge. Fully supported by the NHS North Derbyshire CCG this initiative was developed after the DCA consulted carers throughout Derbyshire, who have highlighted the need for more support from their local GP Practices.
A carer is a person of any age, adult or child, who provides unpaid support to a partner, child, relative or friend who couldn’t manage to live independently or whose health or wellbeing would deteriorate, without this help. This could be due to frailty, disability or serious health condition, mental ill health or substance misuse.
Derbyshire Carers Association recognises that if carers are to care safely and remain in good health, they will need information, support, respect and recognition. That is why the Carers Pledge has been designed, in order to give carers a ‘voice’ by improving two-way communication and support enabling them to continue in their caring role.
DCA aims to support the provisions within the Care Bill and to continue to help transform the lives of carers, giving them the same access to support as the people they look after. All of our Carers Pledge signatories are also committed to supporting carers in making decisions about their own care, and empowering them to take responsibility for their own health and well-being.
In recognition of the invaluable contribution that carers make to society, a DCA spokesperson said:-
“The vital contribution carers make should be recognised and carers’ needs should be fully assessed and supported. It is estimated there are over 6 million carers in the UK; in addition, 1.4m carers spend more than 50 hours a week caring for others, this equates to a full-time workforce larger than the NHS! The collaborative Carers Pledge, now strengthened by the support of North Derbyshire CCG, will help us to recognise these ‘hidden’ carers and give them all the support they need.”
If you would like to see the pledge wall please visit derbyshirecarers.co.uk > Our Services > Carers Pledge.
Or make a pledge with us – email@example.com. Call 01246 222373