Carers Trust, Simplyhealth and Business in the Community have launched a new research project to highlight the challenges faced by unpaid carers with a health condition.

The research will specifically address unpaid carers’ experience in thinking about, applying for and being in employment. There is a lack of understanding in the UK about what carer-friendly workplaces look like and how they work in practice.

By taking part in the survey you will help provide invaluable insight into workplace challenges and how the workplace environment can be improved for unpaid carers with a health condition.

If you complete the survey you will in with a chance of receiving a £100 Love2Shop voucher. And each time the survey is completed Simplyhealth will donate £5 to support unpaid carers through Carers Trust.

Take the survey if you're an unpaid carer with a health condition and if you're either in work, thinking of working, or applying for work. Deadline: 17th June.

Department of Work and Pensions figures shows carers with health problems are more likely to exit employment. Those who provide intense levels of care are between two and three times more likely to suffer from ill health as well.
 
This UK-wide research will examine carers’ experience of balancing their health needs and employment needs as well as analyse what dedicated support already exists, and how it is working for carers in the workplace to support their health and wellbeing.

Please share the unpaid carers health and employment survey here with friends or colleagues so we can make as big an impact as possible in identifying how to better support unpaid carers around employment. You can use the graphics below to promote the survey.

The research findings will be published later this year. They will lead to a set of recommendations for employers that will help them better understand what support is needed to help unpaid carers balance caring with work. 
 
It will also be used to demonstrate the need for increased support across governments to help unpaid carers better balance their health and wellbeing with paid work.

Any questions please email: Policy@carers.org.