In the lead up to Carers Rights Day we've been interviewing unpaid carers living in Derbyshire to get their views about local support services.
We asked carers to tell us:
- a little about themselves and their caring roles
- whether they think social care and health services support carers
- what health and social care services could do better to support carers
- when they feel is the best time to receive information and advice
- what matters most to them
- whether there's anything they wish they'd been told about earlier
- what they do to support themselves in their caring roles.
See what they had to say by watching our short video:
The video will be used by local health and social care organisations, including Derbyshire County Council, Derbyshire Community Health Services, Chesterfield Royal Hospital and Derbyshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, to help raise awareness and encourage staff to take steps to support carers more effectively.
Have your say
If you'd like to get involved and have your say about local carer support services then it's not too late.
Derbyshire County Council are carrying out a self-assessment exercise to help them better understand how unpaid family carers are supported in Derbyshire. This exercise will help reflect on what is going well and where things could be done differently.
DCC will be working together with carers and professionals in Derbyshire who support carers, with a little help from an organisation called Sortified who are helping all local authorities in the East Midlands by hosting an online survey. If you could take 5 minutes to complete this, it would be greatly appreciated.
Complete the carers survey
There is also a survey aimed at professionals who work with carers in Derbyshire.
This work is being supported by the Department of Health and Social Care and so every Local Authority across the county will be expected to carry out the same self-assessment. The results will be shared nationally to pinpoint common themes and areas for further work, ensuring everyone is delivering on their duties to carers.
We've also got information on our website about how you can give feedback and have your say about health services.
You may also be interested in finding out about what carers have recently told us about services, including what black, minority and ethnic carers want.