Here is an explanation of the Government’s Carers Strategy and how it links in with the Brent Carers Strategy, as well as a compilation of useful online resources for Commissioners.
JUNE 2016 UPDATE: THE DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ARE IN THE PROCESS OF CONSULTING WITH FAMILY CARERS, AS THEY CONSIDER THEY NEED A NEW CARERS STRATEGY SETTING OUT HOW MORE CAN DONE. UPDATES WILL BE PUBLISHED ON OUR NEWS PAGE.
Government’s Carers Strategy
In 2010 the Government published its’ Carers Strategy entitled “Recognised, Valued and Supported: Next Steps for the Carers’ Strategy“, setting out its plans to help and support carers (i.e. people who look after someone who is old, ill or has a disability). The Strategy identified the following 5 outcomes the government wishes to achieve by 2018:
(a) Carers will be recognised and supported as expert care partners;
(b) Carers will be able to have a life of their own alongside their caring role;
(c) Carers will not be financially disadvantaged;
(d) Carers will be supported to stay mentally and physically well and treated with dignity; and
(e) Children and young people will be protected from inappropriate caring and have the support they need to thrive.
Click here to download a copy of the Carers Strategy and/or the easy-read version.
In setting out these outcomes in 2010 the Government identified the following priority areas for the next 4 years (up to and including 2014):
- Priority 1: Support people who look after someone to identify themselves as carers, get the services and support carers need as soon as possible, and involve carers both in planning services in their area and individual care packages for themselves (to get the help that is right for them).
- Priority 2: Help carers to have a good education and to be in employment.
- Priority 3: Make sure carers and the people they care for get the right help and support, enabling them to have a family and community life. This is known as “personalisation”.
- Priority 4: Support carers to stay well both mentally and physically.
Acting on these priorities to achieve the five outcomes is the overall goal of the Government’s Carers Strategy.
2014 Update on Government’s Carers Strategy
On 30 October 2014 published the “Carers Strategy: Second National Action Plan 2014 – 2016” explaining the progress on supporting carers since 2010 and identifying the main actions for the next two years up to and including 2016.
Brent Carers Strategy
In response to the Government’s Carers Strategy of 2010 NHS Brent and Brent Council published “Brent Carers Strategy 2012-2014: Supporting Carers“, highlighting their commitment to local community services meeting the needs of the carers and the cared for.
Downloads for Commissioners
Here is a range of resources available to help Commissioners design and develop services to achieve the outcomes set out in the Government’s Carers Strategy.
Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are under enormous pressure to meet financial targets and priority areas for improvements within the NHS. This guide demonstrates how commissioning for carers can help CCGs deliver desired outcomes and make savings across health and social care.
NHS England have developed this toolkit and suite of products to help commissioners to deliver what carers say is important to them in ways that have been shown to work effectively and efficiently in practice.