People who work in health and social care have been working together to develop a long-term plan setting out what they would like to do to support carers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Adult social care staff from Leicester City Council have been working with carers and with colleagues at Leicestershire County Council, Rutland County Council and NHS Leicester City, Leicestershire County and Rutland to develop a joint carers’ strategy.
The strategy is called Supporting the Health and Wellbeing of Carers in Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland: A Strategy and Delivery Action Plan 2012-2015. Click on the attachment at the bottom of this page to read the carers' strategy.
What does the strategy say?
The strategy sets out our intentions over the next three years. It looks at different areas of carers’ lives and the issues carers face, such as:
Getting access to respite care
Getting training to help with the caring role
It looks at how identifying carers’ needs early on in their caring role can be of benefit, and what could be done to help people recognise themselves as carers at an earlier stage.
It also includes a commitment to reach more carers and set up accountability mechanisms, so that carers have an effective way of commenting on the services they use.
The strategy says carers’ needs should be considered in other plans the council puts together so that the voice of carers is heard across other areas of policy-making.
The strategy was developed jointly to help ensure consistency between the city, county and Rutland and to allow some resources to be shared between the different organisations involved.
A consultation on the draft strategy ran until 13th April 2012. Click here to find out more about the consultation.