Just over one in ten patients on any GP practice list is a carer, although many go unrecognised. In order to help we have collated a range of resources (including toolkits) published by Brent Carers Centre and other external agencies that you may find useful. This includes separate resource sections on “Dementia” and “Mental Health”.
You may also find some of the resources available on the Downloads for Health & Social Worker Professionals page useful.
Brent Carers Centre’s Carer Information Guides and Booklets
Brent Carers Centre have Carer Information Guides and Information Booklets that cover a wide range of topics, whether it is a young carer, a person new to caring, problems with debt, fuel bills and/or combining work and caring.
This interactive toolkit website is designed to look at how to improve outcomes for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic carers (including young carers) and their families.
This web-site contains a range of online resources (including e-learning packages) to help GP practices support carers, including improving carer identification.
SCIE is a leading social care improvement agency and this interactive web-site contains useful resources (incl. e-learning resources and Social Care TV films) designed for people who work in the health and social services sectors.
Just over one in ten patients on any GP practice list is a carer, although many go unrecognised. Carers look to GPs and other members of the Primary Care Team for support both for themselves, and also for the people that they care for.
This guide will help you to understand who carers are, why they need your help, how you can involve them in patient care, and how your practice can give them the support that they need and deserve.
Resources on Dementia
DemTalk is the online toolkit for effective communication with and for people living with dementia. It offers free advice and shares ideas about how everyone can make communication easier and better.
Here is a short film created by nurses at Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust to raise awareness of dementia among health workers and social workers professionals.
Here is a series of videos produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence on dementia.
The Triangle of Care for Dementia describes how meaningful involvement and inclusion of carers can lead to better care for people with dementia.
Resources on Mental Health
The issues of confidentiality and information-sharing between health professionals and carers are difficult and complex to resolve. This guide, published by The Royal College of Psychiatrists, describes some of these problems, together with examples of good practice which may help address them, and hopefully provide more positive results for all concerned.
The Triangle of Care for Mental Health describes how meaningful involvement and inclusion of carers can lead to better care for people with mental health conditions (other than dementia).