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My mum, my dad, my daughter and the NHS

Talking from her own personal experiences, the author puts forward her view on what carers want from the NHS. 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

Working with carers in the next decade: the challenge

This paper outlines two challenges to community nurses as they work with unpaid carers. These reflect a changing culture in the way that healthcare will be delivered in the coming decade. The first of these challenges is a shift towards focusing on outcomes for both service users and adult carers. Outcomes evidence the impact a service has on a person's life. The second is the increasing focus on the concept of carers as partners in care. 

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

From independence to interdependence: integration means 'think family'

This article reviews current policies and their impact on carers' lives, and highlights the potential limitations of a more personalised approach to care. Using some key research findings and illustrative case studies, the article argues that we should build on the achievements of the personalisation reforms, but not limit our ambition to offering individuals more choice and control over their services. Instead, there should be a focus on individuals achieving ordinary life chances and families achieving emotional and financial sustainability.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:13

New approaches to supporting carers' health and well-being: evidence from the national carers' strategy demonstrator sites programme: report summary

The National Carers’ Strategy Demonstrator Sites (DS) programme was developed by the Department of Health (DH) as part of the commitments made in the 2008 National Carers’ Strategy (HMG, 2008). The DS programme, delivered across England, comprised 25 partnerships. With a delivery period of 18 months, each site was expected to develop new, innovative services for carers, or to extend existing provision if effective arrangements were already in place.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

Handle with care

Despite being an integrated part of the social care system, people with caring responsibilities often find their needs neglected by the NHS. Reports on research into developing an effective code of practice.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

New Deal for Carers: revision of the Prime Minister's 1999 Strategy on Carers : Income Task Force report

The Health & Social Care (H&SC) Task Force, the membership of which is set out in annex B, was one of four such task forces established to develop proposals for measures to be included in the new Carers’ Strategy . This report comprises proposals developed by the group which were put to the Interdepartmental Group chaired by David Behan, Director-General Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships, Department of Health, which oversaw the development of the strategy as a whole.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Supporting the supporters

A recent study commissioned by the NHS Service Delivery and Organisation research and development programme (SDO) aimed to identify gaps in existing knowledge about the need for services to support mental health carers and what was meant by effectiveness and efficiency in these services. Consultation with key stakeholders was a major part of the study. This article focuses on the main findings of the consultation. Flexibility and responsive were identified as key characteristics of the ideal support service.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Focus on carers and the NHS: identifying and supporting hidden carers: good practice guide

There are many different organisations working with and supporting carers. This guide can be used by a wide range of professionals in different ways. Whilst the case studies provide examples of the partnership work promoted by Carers Centres, the methodologies given can be used in other partnership work across carers’ services, as well as within health and social work services.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Is NHS Direct meeting the needs of mental health callers?

Background: NHS Direct is a new service that offers 24-hour advice from trained nurses. The National Service Framework for Mental Health and the National Strategy for Carers both mention NHS Direct as an important source of support for people with mental health problems. Aims: This paper reports findings from an evaluation of the Department of Health's NHS Direct mental health initiative.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Mental health services for older people towards an integrated approach

This article describes how Thurrock Council Social Services Department and South Essex Mental Health and Community Care NHS Trust launched a joint initiative to develop an integrated service strategy and implementation plan for older people's mental health services in Thurrock. The main principles of the approach were: service user and carer involvement, the active participation of mental health professionals working directly with service users and carers, representatives from all key agencies involved in the planning process.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10