Experiences of GP access, Ongoing Treatments and Wellbeing Throughout the Pandemic (Healthwatch South Tees 21 April 2021)

Following text from Healthwatch South Tees:

In October 2020 we launched our GPs, Ongoing Treatments and Wellbeing survey.

We decided to do this following the intelligence we received from our previous lockdown report, our Information and Signposting service and our Community Champions - which all suggested the below issues required more exploration:

Referral form. Carers of loved ones discharged from Roseberry Park (M&S Mind) Stockton Mind Carers Service

Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind and Redcar & Cleveland Mind both provide carers services in their local areas respectively. They have now teamed up to deliver a new project, complimenting their existing offer, supporting those who look after loved ones who are recently discharged from Roseberry Park. Middlesbrough & Stockton Mind are the first point of contact and will pass over any clients who fall within the Redcar and Cleveland area. 

Referral form for new service as well as information for both carers services below.

NEURODEVELOPMENTAL CONDITIONS ‘Unlocking minds and opening doors' (Neuro Key April 2021)

The Neuro Key Open Door series of resources has been developed to acknowledge the challenges of living with a neurological condition that is misunderstood, subject to media-driven or political myths and is neither prevalent nor the focus of publicity campaigns. The following stories are all real-life narratives of experiences of adults with or parent caregivers supporting people with a neurodevelopmental disability. We have adopted fictional names to protect their identities.

The Adult Social Care Market in England

High-quality care is critical to the well-being of some of the most vulnerable adults in society. Yet levels of unpaid care remain high, too many adults have unmet needs and forecasts predict growing demand for care. The lack of a long-term vision for care and short-term funding has hampered local authorities’ ability to innovate and plan for the long term, and constrained investment in accommodation and much-needed workforce development. In a vast and diverse social care market, the current accountability and oversight arrangements do not work.

Webinar: Supporting adult carers

On 25 March 2021, the National Institue for Health and Care Excellence delivered the webinar: Supporting adult carers. 

This webinar focuses on NICE's Supporting adult carers guideline and upcoming quality standard which aim to improve the lives of carers by helping health and social care practitioners identify people who are caring for someone and give them the right information and support.

Caring as a Social Determinant of Health (Public Health)

‘Caring as a social determinant of health: Findings from a rapid review of reviews and analysis of the GP Patient Survey’.

The report finds that carers are at increased risk of illness, and specifically musculoskeletal conditions, cardiovascular disease, generalised cognitive deterioration and function, and poor sleep. The report also finds that carers struggle to access services and are at risk of financial hardship.

Social Care leaders calling on the Government to end 25 years of inaction & fix the social care system

ADASS, together with organisations speaking for more than 10 million people who have care and support needs, or are family carers or professionals who seek to meet those needs, are uniting in a joint call on ministers to break their silence on the future of social care.
The unprecedented alliance says that the coronavirus crisis has laid bare the fragilities of the social care system in England after 25 years of failure by successive governments to put it on a sustainable footing.

Covid-19 Vaccination Carers Standard Operating Procedure (Department of Health & Social Care and partners)

Guidance for Covid-19 vaccine deployment programme: unpaid carers (JCVI priority cohort 6). 

This standard operating procedure (SOP) has been developed to support the consistent approach to the offer of COVID-19 vaccination to unpaid carers within priority cohort 6.

This includes: