Webinar: Supporting adult carers
Carers should be recognised as expert partners in care and should be valued for the skills and knowledge they hold about the person they care for. Recently published NICE guidance provides action-orientated recommendations and quality statements for good practice, aimed at improving outcomes for adult carers both now and in the future.
According to Carers UK, an estimated 4.5 million people in the UK have become unpaid carers as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. This is on top of the 9.1 million unpaid carers who were already caring before the outbreak, bringing the total to 13.6 million. An estimated 26% of the UK adult population is providing unpaid care to an older, disabled or ill relative or friend, equivalent to one in four adults.
Caring for someone can take its toll on a person’s health and wellbeing. Since the publication of the Care Act 2014, giving local authorities enhanced responsibilities to assess a carer’s support needs, and to commission and provide support for carers, there has been a need for guidance around supporting adults who provide unpaid care for anyone aged 16 or over with health and social care needs.
This webinar focuses on NICE's Supporting adult carers guideline and upcoming quality standard which aim to improve the lives of carers by helping health and social care practitioners identify people who are caring for someone and give them the right information and support.
The webinar covers:
- Supporting social care providers and commissioners to identify adult carers by working collaboratively with health and other services
- How practitioners can conduct carer-centred, personalised assessment
- Supporting service providers to give the right information and support to adult carers, including access to short breaks and respite care
- How NICE guidelines are developed and how NICE guidance can be implemented locally.
The webinar is led by:
- Phil Taverner – Chair of NICE guideline, NICE quality standard specialist committee member and Chair of Trustees, Carers in Bedfordshire.
- Philippa Russell – Carer, NICE guideline topic advisor, NICE quality standard specialist committee member, Vice-President of Carers UK, and TLAP (Think Local, Act Personal) board member.
- Clare Rachwal – NICE guideline committee member, NICE quality standard specialist committee member and Team Manager, Carers Service, Adult Social Care, Portsmouth City Council.
Who should listen to this recording?
The webinar recording will be of particular interest to professionals supporting adult carers, including:
- Local authorities (and their health service partners) who assess, plan and commission local services or provide support and information for adult carers and people receiving care
- Social care providers (including personal assistants)
- Community and voluntary organisations
- Adults who provide unpaid care for 1 or more people aged 16 or over with health and social care needs.