A record number of GP practices in Wiltshire were awarded the coveted Investors in Carers gold and gold plus awards at this year’s Carer Support Wiltshire Investors in Carers GP Accreditation Scheme annual awards evening. The awards recognise and celebrate those Wiltshire GP practices who have gone above and beyond for unpaid carers. This year saw 44 receiving awards.
The scheme, funded by Wiltshire Council and the NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group aims to raise awareness of carers’ issues in GP practices and provide a system of awards to recognise their support to carers.
To achieve a gold award, practices needs to meet more than a dozen requirements that include maintaining an up-to-date carer’s register, have a carer’s lead, provide flexible appointments for carers and hold carer health checks and a minimum of one carer’s clinic per year.
Surgery carer health checks can often identify health conditions which unchecked could become more serious. 543 carers were seen at clinics in the last twelve months with 75 being referred for a follow on medical care because of a health concern identified at the appointment.
Carer Support Wiltshire is a local charity supporting carers in Wiltshire. They help carers to access support, services, education and training, and breaks from their caring role. They ensure carers in Wiltshire have a voice in policy making and planning for services, and work with health and social care professionals and employers to develop best practice.
A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a family member or friend who cannot always manage without their support. They might look after someone with a physical disability, long term health condition, mental health issue or a problem with substance misuse.
If you look after someone and would like to find out more about the support available visit the Carer Support Wiltshire website: www.carersinwiltshire.co.uk or call 0800 181 4118.