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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

Working with carers: guidelines for good practice

There are at least six million unpaid carers in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and 1.25 million provide at least 50 hours of care a week.1 One in five households contains a carer.2 Sixteen per cent of carers are over 65, and half of those being cared for are 75 or older.3 Many are ‘round the clock’ carers. Carers are the bedrock of the care and support system; the vast majority of care needs are provided by unpaid carers at home.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Paths to personalisation in mental health: a whole system, whole life framework

This is a revision of the framework first published in 2010, and is a whole system guide that provides information, guidance and signposts in respect of personalisation and personalised services and support for people with mental health needs. The framework is organised in 12 broad sections: person-centred systems and approaches; information and advice.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:11

Who cares? Information and support for the carers of people with dementia

This booklet for carers gives information about dementia, caring for someone with dementia and the help available to carers. Original edition researched and written by Maggie Jee and Liz Reason.  This edition has been developed with the valuable assistance of Help the Aged, Age Concern (England), the Alzheimer's Society, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers, Dementia Voice and the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. Please note that there may be changes in the benefits system and in social services after publication of this booklet, so you are advised to check benefits and services issues w

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

Older carers and involvement in research: why, what and when?

This briefing paper describes the views, experiences, motivations and plans of six older carers who decided to stay involved in research following their participation in a one year project at the University of Nottingham funded by Macmillan Cancer Support.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:10

Telecare implementation guide

The main aim of this guide is to provide a useful resource for commissioners, managers and practitioners in a wide range of statutory and voluntary sector organisations to implement telecare for the benefit of people living in their local communities.

The guide provides supporting information and checklists to be read in conjunction with The Department of Health Guidance 'Building Telecare in England' (July 2005).

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

Carers in your workforce matter

Carers can be defined as someone who ‘spends a significant proportion of their life providing unpaid support to family or potentially friends. This could be caring for a relative, partner or friend who is ill , frail , disabled or has mental health or substance misuse problems.1 Such carers are not to be confused with paid carers (often described as Care workers, Senior care workers, community support, outreach workers and personal assistants). However, those employed in such roles may also be carers in their own time for friends or family.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09

Involving service users and carers in social work education

Context: In 2003 the Department of Health introduced a new qualification for social workers. Previously a diploma, for the first time the social work qualification became a three-year degree course, a move which reflected the difficulty and professionalism of the job. Also for the first time, universities and colleges offering the degree were required to involve service users and carers in the design and delivery of the programme.

Thu, 07/20/2017 - 15:09