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Carers’ Advisory Partnership (CAP)

A key member of the CAP is the Carers Support Centre.

Partnership working with the Carers Support Centre has continued to focus on a number of areas:

  • Providing an information and support phone service for carers, (Carersline).  One to one support is available for carers with particularly complex issues
  • Registering carers on Connecting Carers and providing a Carers’ Emergency Card to give peace of mind to carers if they fall ill and the person they care for needs support.  At the end of March 2016 there were 4,632 carers registered on Connecting Carers, a 20% increase on the previous year’s figures.
  • Continuing to provide assessments for adult carers.  The demand for carers’ assessments remains at a steady level. 608 carers received an assessment in the past year.
  • Developing support to carers in hospitals and GP surgeries with a focus on identifying carers and promoting and supporting good practice amongst health practitioners.

A partnership bid between the council, Clinical Commissioning Group and Carers’ Support centre resulted in two years of funding from three government departments to support carers in paid employment.  The project focuses on a number of areas, including support to working carers, employer engagement and technology to support working carers.  The project is one of nine test and learn projects, with a national evaluation due in March 2017.

Partnerships with other organisations focus on supporting carers through carers groups, a carers’ choir and other activities, and providing social opportunities for carers through Time 4 Carers.

The Carers’ Advisory Partnership is a multi-agency partnership that oversees the strategic approach and delivery of support to carers. Carers are equal and valued members of this partnership, and contribute to agenda setting, bringing their views and perspectives to how support develops in South Gloucestershire, and providing challenge where needed.

Over the course of the year the Carers’ Advisory Partnership has worked on the following areas:

  • Exploring and highlighting issues relating to short breaks for carers, ranging from sitting services to nursing care respite and emergency breaks.  Work is continuing to understand these issues and find solutions.
  • Reviewing the results of the bi-annual carers survey
  • The Carers Strategy Implementation Group, a subgroup of the Carers’ Advisory Partnership, reviewed early drafts of the carers’ section of the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment, and signed off the final version with recommendations for commissioners.
  • The consultation on the Carers’ Strategy: Understanding and Supporting the Needs of Carers 2016 – 2019 went live in May 2016.  The Carers’ Advisory  Partnership played a significant role in guiding the development of the consultation document and the approach to gathering carers’ views.

The Partnership also received updates on:

  • The Health and Wellbeing Board
  • Healthwatch
  • Implementation of the Care Act 2014
  • Early plans for the implementation of Individual Service Funds
  • The Care Home Framework Agreement, with carers influencing the emphasis in this document on listening and consulting with carers
  • Charging reviews within the council.