A new information leaflet for carers – available in GP surgeries across Leicestershire – has been launched.
We along with clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) for East Leicestershire and Rutland and West Leicestershire have been working closely with the Carers Delivery Group and local carers’ services to develop the leaflet.
The new Supporting Carers leaflet, funded by a Better Care Fund grant, provides advice for carers on how to get support in their role as well as contact numbers and tips from local carers.
The free leaflet has been developed in response to feedback from carers’ forums and the latest adult social care service user survey.
Over 6.5m people in the UK are carers and we want all unpaid carers who are caring for someone who lives in Leicestershire or Rutland to feel valued.
“When people identify themselves as a carer to their GP, they will be given practical advice and information on how to access the support they need to continue in their caring role as well as maintaining their own health and wellbeing.Person:Councillor Richard Blunt, cabinet member for adult social care
Unpaid carers are classed as those who look after, help or support someone who wouldn’t be able to manage everyday life without their help and are not employed to do so.
Carers make an invaluable contribution to our society, but don’t always see themselves as carers.
“It is important for them to think about their own health and wellbeing by accessing the support they need. They can register as a carer at their GP practice and benefit from the information and support available to them.Person:Dr Richard Palin, chair of East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG
Carers play a vital role in supporting the health and wellbeing of the person they care for. This leaflet will help carers find helpful information, practical tips and advice. It is helpful, for example, to tell your GP practice you are a carer so we can take account for your needs as a carer. By registering as a carer with your GP practice, they may also be able to offer flexible appointments, yearly health checks and flu jabs.Person: Dr Chris Trzcinski, West Leicestershire GP