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The Carers Centre can work with GP Practices across the city to support their clinical and non-clinical staff with carer awareness training sessions.

1 in 10 patients on a GP practice list are likely to be an unpaid family friend carer.

A healthy, well supported carer can care for themselves better and the person they look after; reducing the need for support further down the line from primary and secondary care for themselves and the person they care for.

The Carer awareness training session takes an hour and includes:

* Who carers are and what it means to be a carer

* Why carers can become more vulnerable than non carers

* What a caring role looks like

* Young carers and their experiences

* Benefits to supporting carers within primary care

* Conversation starters for talking with carers

* What service the Carers Hub offers

* How to refer

It can be helpful to have a dedicated carers champion to link directly with us here at the Carers Centre and with our primary care carers link worker.

We supply posters/leaflets and up to date information on carers events.

We supply GP practices with carer information packs and also have a version available online

https://www.thecarerscentre.org/information-pack/

Furthermore, NHS England have a framework of quality markers to support GP practices to be carer friendly and we can support practices to reach these markers – the markers are a series of practical ideas that have been developed in partnership with carers, primary care teams and other key stakeholders. Collectively they provide a framework for improving how general practice can better identify and support carers of all ages, to improve carers health and promote positive wellbeing.

More information can be found here

https://www.england.nhs.uk/publication/supporting-carers-in-general-practice-a-framework-of-quality-markers/

For more information and support please get in touch with our Primary Care Carers Link Worker

Sarah Hirchfield

Sarah.hirchfield@thecarerscentre.org

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