Local organisations have made a firm commitment to work together to recognise, support and promote the wellbeing of carers by signing a memorandum of understanding.
By signing the document at the recent Wiltshire Health & Wellbeing Board meeting, the organisations have committed to abide by a number of principles. These focus on:
- Carers’ physical health and emotional wellbeing
- Supporting and empowering carers to manage their caring role and their life outside of caring
- Raising carer awareness within health and social care
- Respecting carers as expert partners in care
- Improving information sharing and early identification of the needs of vulnerable carers.
The updated Wiltshire Carers’ Strategy, due to be published in March 2018, will detail how this will be achieved.
Baroness Scott of Bybrook OBE, leader of Wiltshire Council and chair of the Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board, said: “We are all fully committed to supporting carers in Wiltshire and we recognise the invaluable contribution that they make, as well as the positive impact that the work they do has in reducing the pressure on the health and social care system.
“This is certainly not a nine to five job and is one that can really take its toll. We have made a commitment to work together to make sure they have the support they need and deserve. This memorandum of understanding underlines how collectively we aim to achieve this.”
Chris Graves, chair of Healthwatch Wiltshire, said: “Healthwatch Wiltshire is delighted to see this commitment to unpaid carers in Wiltshire. Through our work, listening to people’s experiences of health and care services, we understand the vital contribution they make. However, it is so important that carers themselves receive good quality and joined up care so that their own health needs are met. We look forward to seeing positive improvements for carers in Wiltshire as a result of the Memorandum.”
Representatives from the following organisations have signed the memorandum of understanding:
- Wiltshire Council
- NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group
- Salisbury Hospital Foundation Trust
- Bath Royal United Hospital
- Great Western Hospital
- South West Ambulance Service
- NHS Foundation Trusth
- Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership
- Healthwatch Wiltshire
- Carer Support Wiltshire