In response to the CQC’s report Under Pressure – safely managing increased demand in emergency departments, Giles Meyer, CEO of Carers Trust, said:

“We know how vital it is that health and social care systems work together to reduce winter pressures on the NHS, so it is disappointing the CQC found that voluntary sector organisations, like Carers Trust Network Partners, were generally not well engaged with winter planning.  

“Carers Trust Network Partners are specialist local charities who support thousands of unpaid carers, and are well placed to work in partnership with the NHS and social care to help reduce demand on emergency departments. Our experience shows that involving carers in care planning, and local carers organisation in discharge planning, leads to better outcomes for both carers and patients. These measures all greatly reduce the risk of patients returning to hospital.

“Local carer organisations’ support carers by providing home from hospital services, emotional support, advice on caring, and by giving carers a much needed break, lowering the likelihood of carers’ own health deteriorating.”

 

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Carers Trust response to Committee Chair rejecting Government non-response on employment support for carers

Giles Meyer, CEO, Carers Trust, said: 

“What hope is there for England’s five million unpaid carers who are having a hard time juggling work and their caring roles, when the very committee overseeing the Department for Work and Pensions suggests the Department needs to ‘go away and try again’.

Carers Trust response to Children and Young People's Mental Health Green Paper

Giles Meyer, CEO, Carers Trust, said: 
“It is unclear how young carers’ mental health will be improved and supported based on the government’s response to this consultation. It feels very limited in its ambition.

Carers Trust responds to Care Quality Commission’s Beyond Barriers report

Speaking today, Giles Meyer, CEO, said:

“The findings of the CQC’s Beyond Barriers report are not a surprise, based on what Carers Trust regularly hears from local carers services and unpaid carers: local health and social care systems are not working together effectively for older people.