If you are a health and social care professional or work directly with people in the community you can play a part in signposting unpaid carers to the support and services they need to help them carry out their caring role. There are many problems that carers approach health and social care staff with that can be addressed more appropriately by carer support services. This might include requests for benefits advice or how to get a break from their caring role; information, advocacy or where to find peer support.
Carer Awareness Training
Knowsley Carers Centre offers Carer Awareness Training to health and social care staff across the borough. Carer awareness training will:
- give you an understanding of the issues and problems carers face
- highlight the importance of supporting carers to enable them to sustain their caring roles and prevent crisis
- increase your confidence and skills in identifying and engaging with carers
- highlight the importance of improved partnership working and the value of signposting carers to other organisations offering support and advice
The training is tailored to meet your organisational needs and can be delivered to team meetings, groups and frontline staff. In delivering carer awareness training we work alongside members of Carers Vision. Often the best way to develop an understanding of the issues carers face is to hear about the experience directly from a carer and for this reason we often co-facilitate our training sessions.
If you wish to refer anyone to Knowsley Carers Centre please use the online referral form here or download the referral form in Word doc format here and email the completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting Carers in GP practices
Knowsly Carers Centre works closely with GP practices across the borough. In partnership with the Carers Strategy Group and practice staff we have produced the Supporting Carers 10 steps to better practice guide which is available here as a pdf.
The Supporting Carers Certificate
Practices are now invited to apply for a Supporting Carers Certificate. The certificate is awarded when practices are able to evidence that they are implementing good practice as outlined in the Supporting Carers 10 steps to better practice guide. An evaluation tool is available to assist practices in applying for the certificate. Please contact our Health Link Worker, Jan Box for more information.