This toolkit published by NHS England 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 examples of positive practice of work that have proven successful in supporting carers and their families.
The toolkit was developed in collaboration with a wide range of partners and forms part of NHS England’s ongoing Commitment to Carers.
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 more than 70 per cent 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 and respond more flexibly to the needs of individual carers and their families.
The video below provides an overview of how the integrated approach outlined in the toolkit can make a difference to Carers and their families. It invites us to spend a day in the life of Paul, as he seeks to balance his own health and wellbeing, work, and a social life, with his caring commitments.