CARERS

Are you a Carer?

A carer is someone who provides support to family or friends who could not manage without this help. This could be caring for a relative, a partner or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or is affected by mental ill-health or substance misuse. It includes young people who may be caring at home.

We would like to encourage all carers to register with the GP surgery. Carers often neglect their own health as they are looking after someone else. By keeping a carer fit and well, we can support them to look after the cared for person in the best way and also look after their own physical and emotional wellbeing.

If you are a carer please contact the practice and ask to be put on the surgery carers register.

The practice can help you. In most cases we can then:

  • Offer a free flu vaccination
  • Arrange flexible appointment times to meet the carers needs
  • Share information about the person you care for to help in their caring role (with their consent)
  • Let you know about other organisations that can help

Other Help and Support for carers

You can have a Carers Assessment by contacting the Carers Hub provided by Carers Trust East Midlands.Carers Trust East Midlands provide a Carers Hub to offer timely, personalised, joined up information and support for carers in Nottingham, to make it easier for you to find help when you need it. 

The Carers Hub offers:

  • Information, advice and guidance
  • Carer Assessments to identify and understand your needs
  • Carers groups and drop ins
  • Access to Carers Respite breaks
  • Carers’ ID cards and help with planning for emergencies
  • Mindfulness therapies
  • Free training and caring support
  • Carers Smart’ benefits and discounts
  • Signposting to other organisations for information about things like the condition of person you care for, what to do if you’re not happy with the support they get, and advocacy

For more information about support available in Nottingham, visit the Carers Trust East Midlands Carers Hub website www.carerstrustem.org/hub. You can also download a referral form from the Carers Trust East Midlands Carers Hub.

If you want to contact the Carers Hub you can use any of the details below:

Telephone: 0115 824 8824 or email hub@carerstrustem.org

Breaks for carers

Respite care can give the person you care for the chance to enjoy new experiences and to make new friends. In turn this means carers receive a break from caring and time to recharge their batteries. For more information contact the Carers Hub, or you can contact us directly.

Contact the Nottingham Health and Care Point on 0300 131 0300, Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 6:00pm, or email adult.contactteam@nottinghamcity.gov.uk 

If your query or concern is urgent and it is outside of these hours please call the Emergency Duty Team on 0115 876 1000.

Young carers

If you’re under 18, and think you might be a carer, or if you know a young person in this situation, you can contact Action for Young Carers at the Carers Federation on 0115 962 9351 or email aycnottingham@carersfederation.co.uk or visit the website http://aycnottingham.co.uk 

Local Help

The Carers Hub can provide you with information on other groups or services you could go to for advice on specific conditions. Or you could also look at:

  • Carers Federation support for carers, or call: 0115 962 931
  • Rainbow Parents Carers Forum support for parents who care for a disabled child, or call: 0115 934 8451
  • Local Information Online Nottingham (LiON). A directory of local information, advice and support available to help you and the person you care for.
  • Learning Disability Carers' Forum, support for carers of someone with a learning disability, ensuring carers’ voices are heard. Call: 0115 852 8000
  • Age UK  provides services for older people, or call: 0115 844 0011
  • Nottinghamshire NHS Foundation Trust a community and mental health services, or call: 0115 969 1300
  • Nottingham Mencap support for people with a learning disability, and their families, or call: 0115 920 9524

National Help

  • Carers UK provides advice and support for carers
  • Carers Trust a National charity supporting carers,
  • Young Carers include Children’s Society initiative supporting young carers and their families
  • Contact A Family supporting families of disabled children, or call: 0808 808 3555
  • Alzheimer's Society for Alzheimer's and Dementia. Tel: 0115 934 3800
  • MIND helping people with mental ill health
  • SANE helping people affected by mental illness, or call: 0300 304 7000
  • SCOP a National charity supporting people with a disability, or call: 0808 800 3333
  • Mencap a National charity supporting people with a learning disability
  • Headway support after a brain injury, or call: 0115 924 0800
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