INVESTORS IN CARERS
Do you look after a relative, friend or neighbour who is ill, frail, disabled, has a mental health concern or problematic substance use and who could not manage without your help? If so, then you are a Carer and there are a number of ways you could get help and support.
Carers are being urged to register as a Carer with their GP surgery as part of Investors in Carers scheme, an initiative by Hywel Dda University Health Board.
The Investors in Carers (IiC) scheme is an accredited award framework for GP Practices within the Hywel Dda Region (Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion & Pembrokeshire). The scheme is an initiative by Hywel Dda University Health Board that aims to measure standards of good practice delivered by GP Practices to support carers. To achieve the Bronze Investors in Carers Award, GP Practices are required to have the following:
- Information for Carers
- A dedicated Carers Information Board
- taff training
- Registration/referral process
There is a leaflet (here) and form (Welsh here and English here) for you to download and take to your GP surgery. They will make a note on your records that you are a Carer and may be able to help you with flexible appointments, a health check-up etc. This will vary between practices so it is best to speak with the Carer Lead, if the surgery has one, or the Practice Manager. You will find more information on their notice board in the surgery.
For further information about the Investors in Carers Scheme in Pembrokeshire please contact Julie Campbell Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org tel 01437 769422 or for regional information contact Pennie Muir email@example.com tel 07715 802631.
Investors in Carers short film
For more information about the Investors in Carers Scheme and why it is important to register with your GP surgery as a Carer have a look at this short video: http://www.wales.nhs.uk/sitesplus/862/page/73136
Some useful websites for Carers:
Pembrokeshire Carers Information Service - further information here
Carer drop-in outreach support sessions from Crossroads Care are available at the following GP surgeries too - timetable here – you are welcome to drop by for advice and support.
Action for Children run the Young Carer service in Pembrokeshire.
Website here Tel: 01437 761 330 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Carers Wales is an organisation working for a better deal for Carers in Wales.
They have a web site with useful details of financial and practical help and events.
Carers Rights Guide 2013-14. Download a copy here and financial support here
Information to help Carers who might be wanting to return to work here
Carers Trust works to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems.
NHS Choices has a section for Carers with information and advice