Consultation on support for carers

Views on how support for unpaid carers can be improved are invited in a Department of Health survey.

Unpaid carers (also called informal carers) are people who look after family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill health or disability, or care needs related to old age.

Carers freely give their time and energy to support friends or family members – but caring for others should not be to the detriment of the carer’s own health and wellbeing.

The Department of Health wants to design a new strategy which reflects carers’ lives now, the health and financial concerns they have, and which gives carers the support they need to live well whilst caring for a family member or friend.

To help in the development of the strategy, the DoH want to hear from carers, those who have someone caring for them, voluntary groups, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support carers.

The survey can be completed via the link below.

Closing date for submissions: 30th June 2016.

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