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Pembrokeshire GP Practices Invested in Carers

In April this year eleven GP practices in Pembrokeshire achieved the Bronze level of the Investors in Carers Scheme by successfully demonstrating they have processes in place to effectively identify carers, provide appropriate information and signposting to further support.

The Investors in Carers scheme was rolled out across the county following a pilot scheme with three surgeries in 2008. The project was led by the Carers Development worker from Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services (PAVS), delivered in partnership with the British Red Cross Ceredigion Carers Support Service and funded by the Rural Development Plan for Wales through PLANED.

Practice managers and staff from the practices attended initial training which covered carers’ issues, an overview of the scheme and an introduction to the Bronze level along with their evidence folders. The surgeries were divided between the PAVS and Red Cross workers for follow up meetings, any training sessions and assessments. 

Carers are now invited by the surgeries, which reached the Bronze level for the Investors in Carers scheme, to register with the surgery and receive the newsletter as well as relevant information for carers. They will also be forwarded to Social Services for a carers assessment on request.

Peter Llewellyn, Head of Strategic Partnership, of Hywel Dda Health Board, said: “Sometimes the carers well being can be overlooked so it is really pleasing to see so many of our GP surgeries receiving an award like this.”

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