Recent work by the Royal College of GPs has focused on how important the role of GPs is in identifying and supporting carers.  To this end we have been working for the last year with local GPs to help them to improve the way that they identify and support carers within their practices.  Three practices have volunteered to be pilots for this work and they are Brig Royd at Ripponden, Longroyde at Rastrick and Northowram and Kos (Known as Northolme practice.)

We have been working on our systems and procedures to create a carer pathway that ensures carers receive the most appropriate, personalised support when referred by a GP.  We are also working on procedures that will enable us to share information with GPs so that they are kept informed of the work we are doing with their patients/carers. This could lead to improvements in services offered to carers within all GP practices in Calderdale.

Click on the following link to access the Royal College of GPs Carers Support page:

http://www.rcgp.org.uk/clinical-and-research/clinical-resources/carers-support.aspx