Not enough people in an unpaid caring role are identified as carers. This means carers go without the support they need, which then puts carers' own health and wellbeing at risk.
It can also lead to avoidable admissions into and delayed discharge out of hospitals.
Update: 24 March 2017
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The Toolkit to identify and support carers
NHS England – the organisation who runs the NHS in England – released a really useful Toolkit in 2016 that could help local areas identify and support carers.
NHS England has left it up to local health bodies called Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to decide whether to use it.
Not all local CCGs are using this freely available Toolkit – meaning carers face a postcode lottery.
We all know about the pressures on hospitals, particularly over the winter months. Recent research has shown that carers are more likely to have a long term health condition than people not in a caring role.
We also know that most carers say their caring role has had a negative impact on their health. This puts their own wellbeing at risk and could have an impact on the person (or people) they care for. The NHS and social care services are likely to be impacted too as they could be called upon to provide unplanned care.
Thank you for taking action by writing to your local CCG
Identifying and supporting carers is part of the solution to the pressures the wider health and social care systems are under.
By supporting carers to look after their own health and wellbeing, we can help carers to continue in their caring role for as long they want to.
This can only happen if carers are identified and supported. The more people that the CCG hear from, the more likely they are to listen.