The county council's carers’ health and wellbeing service has been highlighted in a new NHS report as a good example of an organisation working closely with GPs to provide backing for the often-unsung heroes.
The service is backed by the county council, along with health partners, and involves wellbeing workers from Voluntary Action South Leicestershire (VASL) linking up with the GPs to offer advice and support to carers.
Carers play a vital role, but they often put the person they are caring for first, but we want to emphasise there is support available. Often, carers will have lesser needs and by getting that support to them now, it delays those needs becoming greaterPerson:Councillor Dave Houseman, cabinet member for adult social care
The accolade comes just a few days before the start of Carers Week 2016, which runs from 6 - 12 June.
A host of events are being held and further details available by calling Support for Carers on 0845 689 9510 or by visiting www.supportforcarers.org with the national awareness campaign focusing on building carer-friendly communities and more information at www.carersweek.org
The role of the support network for carers has also been praised by Dr Kam Singh, from the Thurmaston Health Centre.
He said: “The service has been invaluable to our practice and very well received by our patients. It means I can focus on their clinical needs knowing that the carers’ support service is providing more holistic care.”
Carers may also be eligible for an assessment and more information is available at www.leicestershire.gov.uk/carers-assessment