NHS Commitment to Care
One in eight of the population in the UK are family or unpaid Carers. Over a million of those Carers care for more than 50 hours a week – which is equivalent to the number of staff employed by the NHS. The NHS benefits greatly from the contribution made by these Carers, as they help the NHS understand the needs of the person they care for as well as providing vital care in the home that many patients rely on.
GP Carer Support
Carers are estimated to save the UK economy £119 billion a year in care costs, more than the entire NHS budget and equivalent to £18,473 per year for every carer in the UK.
The Royal College of General Practitioners has developed to help GPs and primary healthcare staff in their support of people with caring responsibilities.
Developing Best Practice in Schools
Young Carers in Schools is a free initiative that makes it as easy as possible for schools to support young carers, and awards good practice.