|Caring can be exhausting|
NHS England has published the Integrated approach to identifying & assessing Carer health & wellbeing. Developed in collaboration with a wide range of partners and which forms part of NHS England’s ongoing Commitment to Carers.
The ‘integrated approach’ provides a toolkit that clarifies the new duties on NHS organisations under the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014, provides a template Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to support joined up working locally, and includes numerous examples of positive practice of work that have proven successful in supporting carers and their families.
Carers are twice as likely to suffer from ill health as non-carers. More than half of those who provide more substantial care have suffered physical ill health as a result of caring, and 70%+ of those caring round the clock have suffered mental ill health at some time.
Taking an integrated approach to delivering support for carers allows the NHS to develop new models of delivering care and allows different services to work together & respond more flexibly to the needs of individual carers and their families.