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Carers strategy assessed two years on

Much of the 150million earmarked by the government to help carers never reached them. Where PCTs did pass on funds it has made a crucial difference. The author reports. [Journal abstract]

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:23

Contributory factors

Looks at how Hertsmere Primary Care Trust and West Herts community health council are developing an initiative to involve patients, carers, families and general practitioners. They invited a fifth of patients to get involved in a shadow patients' forum and was heartened by people's eagerness to give something back.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12

Supporting and involving carers: A guide for commissioners and providers

The guidance looks at best practice for local commissioning partnerships to provide services to support carers of individuals with a drug problem. The document also covers how best to include carers (where appropriate) in the drug treatment of the individuals they are concerned for – citing the evidence base that demonstrates involving carers can improve outcomes for users. The guidance as a whole is predicated on the assumption that commissioners and services providers involve and consult carers in every stage of service design and delivery.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:12