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Increasing Support For Thousands Of Carers In Bucks

NX Carers Week - Kay & Bill

6:05am 8th June 2015
(Updated 10:56am 8th June 2015)

The thouasnds of carers across Buckinghamshire should now get more support if they or their loved ones end up in hospital.

That's because a new carers hub has been set up at Stoke Mandeville Hospital, to support them and point new carers in the right direction.

Carers are aged between 6 and 90 years old, on average, with some people giving up their own lives completely to care for someone, whether a husband, wife or parent.

Dan has been to meet two women who care for their husbands:

The Carers Hub has been set up by Carers Bucks & the NHS, with a permanent member of staff on-hand to give advice and point people in the right direction.

A new policy is going to be introduced by Bucks Healthcare to train staff on helping and talking with carers when they come onto the ward.

You can find out more on the Carers Bucks website here or by calling 0300 777 2722.

Listen to Dan's interviews with Jenny & Kay below, to hear their stories and how they think the new Hub will help. Also check out the interview with nurse Jo, who's helping to direct people to the hub.

Two other ways Carers Bucks are helping people this week:

Young Carers in Schools Programme

Young Carers Bucks which supports young carers between the ages of 6 - 18 in Bucks, is rolling out a Young Carers in Schools programme starting in the Aylesbury Vale area. The programme is focused on helping teachers identify and support young carers in schools, and an award will be given to the schools in recognition of their support for young carers.

On average, young carers miss or cut short 48 school days a year, according to recent research by The Carers Trust and the Children's Society, and many achieve lower results at GCSE because of their caring role.

Well Carers Clinics

Carers Bucks, and a group of nine GP surgeries in South Bucks including the Amersham and Chesham localities are working together to look after the health and wellbeing of carers who are patients in the surgery.

Carers will have the opportunity to see a health care assistant, who will take the carer through an enhanced health check, and then spend time with a Carers Bucks adult support worker when they will be able to discuss all aspects of their caring role and general wellbeing.

A recent survey of over 700 carers in Buckinghamshire by Carers Bucks revealed that over one fifth of carers (22.3%) said they felt physically exhausted by caring most of the time, 21% said they felt their physical health has frequently suffered from caring, and 27% feel mentally exhausted by caring most of the time.

Useful Facts: 

  • A carer is someone who provides unpaid support and care on a regular basis to a relative or friend who, due to frailty, illness or disability, would not be able to live independently without them. Carers are NOT paid care workers. 
  • There are over 49,500* unpaid adult carers in Buckinghamshire and each week almost 200 people become a carer for the first time. (Based on results of 2011 Census).
  • Carers Bucks is providing a range of support and information for carers in the area. The carers range in age from 6 - 90 years old. 
  • There are almost 7 million carers in the UK - three in five of us will become a carer at some point in our lives. 
  • The economic value of the contribution made by carers in the UK is £119bn per year
  • The 2011 Census revealed there are just over 166,000 young carers in England but the true figure could be closer to 700,000. 
  • Carers Bucks and Carers Milton Keynes are part of the Carers Trust Network, which has Carers Centres around the UK.

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