How can we improve support for carers?
Department of Health – Citizen Space
Carers freely give their time and energy to support friends or family members and many rightly take pride in providing essential support for those close to them. Caring for others should not be to the detriment of the carer’s own health and wellbeing and carers can receive support in a number of ways – including from social services, the NHS, or the benefit system.
The Department of Health thinks that it needs a new strategy for carers setting out how it can do more. One which reflects their lives now, the health and financial concerns they have, and gives them the support they need to live well whilst caring for a family member or friend.
To help it develop the strategy, the Department of Health wants to hear from carers, those who have someone care for them, business, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support carers.
Listen to Alistair Burt, Minister of State for Communities and Social Care and lead Minister for carers across Government, launching this listening exercise and talking about why consulting on the carers strategy is so important.
If you would like to submit a separate response, or if you have any questions about this call for evidence, please contact the Department of Health at Carers@dh.gsi.gov.uk