IDENTIFICATION OF CARERS
The Practice keeps a record of all known carers, as well as those being cared for. It is important that the Practice team recognises the role that carers play in co-coordinating the care and support required by dependant patients. Carers should be actively involved in discussions of treatment and expected outcomes; together with the recognition of the impact caring has on them as an individual.
The Practice Carer Lead is Mrs Maureen Kenny, Patient Services Administrator.
Definition of a Carer
“A carer is someone, who without payment, regularly helps a disabled, mentally or physically ill or frail relative, friend or neighbour.” (Help and Care)"
The Practice aims to identify all carers within the Practice, to ensure that carer and caree have their physical and mental needs assessed by a health care professional. To ensure that a suitable social services assessment and referral has been carried out. To give guidance and support by signposting or referring to appropriate support agencies as needed. To identify to the carer who the carer’s nurse lead is within the Practice and how to contact them if required.
Carers can be identified from numerous sources including conditions which may indicate the need for a carer, repeat prescriptions, identification during routine consultations and home visits, new patient health questionnaires, applications concerning Disability Allowance, hospital discharge summaries, Primary Health Care Team meetings, advertising within the Practice.
A young carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps to look after a relative who has a disability, illness, mental health condition, or drug or alcohol problem . The majority of young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister . They do jobs in and around the home, such as cooking, cleaning, or helping someone to get dressed and move around. Y oung carers under 16 can ask social services for a carer’s assessment whenever the person they are looking after is having an assessment of their own, and can ask social services for a carer’s assessment whenever they like.
The Young Carer’s Charter was drawn up by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and sets out the rights young carers feel they're entitled to.
Once a carer is identified, written consent must be obtained for this detail to be recorded. The consent of the person cared for should also be sought in order to share clinical information with the carer. When identified, the appropriate Read codes should be input to the patients EMIS records i.e. Carer 918A, Cared for 918F.
Having identified a carer, it is most important that they are offered referral to the various support agencies such as, Social Services for statutory assessment of their needs, and respite care, the National Strategy for Carers, local carers support groups, and services within the Practice i.e. counselling.
EXTRACT FROM PRACTICE LEAFLET
Are You a Carer?
If you are please let us know - we may be able to help you.
There is a wealth of information on our Practice website www.princeofwalessurgery.co.uk or the NHS Choices website www.nhs.uk/Pages/HomePage.aspx about carers and caring.