Links with health services
We work closely with NHS Bolton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) to raise awareness of carers’ needs with health professionals and one of our staff members, Melissa Taylor, Health Linkworker, is based between the Group’s headquarters and our offices.
We worked with the CCG, for example, to develop resources for General Practices and an electronic referral form to make it simpler for carers to be identified and referred to our service.
We respond to consultation documents and attend a variety of meetings to ensure that carers’ issues are kept on agendas.
Carer Awareness training and presentations on the work of Bolton Carers Support are delivered, and information materials for display in GP practices, health centres and pharmacies are provided – all help to encourage professionals to ‘think carer’.
If you would like to speak to Melissa regarding a presentation or to discuss information and support for carers, please contact her in the first instance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Caring Matters e-bulletin
We produce a regular bulletin for health and social care professionals who want to keep up-to-date with our work and issues affecting carers. If you would like to be added to our email distribution list, please email email@example.com with ‘Caring Matters’ as the subject or you can download the latest copies from the resources section.
It can take people up to five years to recognise themselves as carers (‘In the Know’, Carers UK, 2006) so we raise awareness and encourage people to identify themselves as carers as early as possible. To raise awareness we:
- do talks and presentations to community groups, social work teams, church groups, support groups and local services;
- include articles and press releases in newsletters, local press and we have also done radio interviews and announcements;
- hold information displays at events and meetings, at supermarkets, community venues and other organisation’s Annual General Meetings and events.
If you belong to a group or organisation that would welcome a talk on our work, please contact our Carers Helpline on 01204 363056 to arrange a speaker.