In 2019 Derbyshire Carer Association launched new roles in Health Liaison, working alongside Health settings in order to promote more “Carer friendly” practice within GPs and Hospitals.

We are continuing to build links across the Health sector and are focused on finding Carers earlier on their journey. From our experience a Carer will wait an average of three years before asking for help or support and by that time can often be in crisis. This also means Carers are missing out on support and benefits within this early period. Carers deserve to be better informed and prepared to care for their family and friends.

We are encouraging Health professionals within Hospitals and GPs surgeries across Derbyshire to actively join us in finding “hidden” Carers, ensuring a clear pathway of signposting and support, to enable interventions that directs people caring much earlier to Derbyshire Carers Association.

Signposting to us ensures conversations are held about care giving for family/friends, promoting the wellbeing for carers, their mental health, providing timely emotional and financial information to improve the lives of Carers, and those they care for.

In order to ensure that Carers receive the right support at the right time and in the right place, Carers demonstrating eligible needs should be referred to the local Carer support organisation to have their immediate wellbeing needs addressed.

Information
Below are some useful documents

Derbyshire County councils Carers emergency card application form - carers-emergency-card-application-form.pdf

The Royal College of General Practitioners has produced a patients guide to GP services - rcgp_version patients guide to GP.pdf

Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust have produced guidence on sharing information with family and Carers - sharing-information-with-family-and-carers-handbook.pdf

 

 

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