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12/06/18

Call for carers to share their experiences as part of joint NHS and council initiative

Carers across Bradford District and Craven are being asked to share their experiences and thoughts on what is most important to them, to inform how future services are developed.

The joint project between NHS Bradford District and Craven CCGs and City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council hopes to gather carers’ feedback in order to better understand their experiences so that the right support can be put in place.

A carer is anyone who looks after a family member, partner or friend who needs help and cannot cope without their support. The person they care for may need help because of illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction.

People can take part in a number of ways including completing a Carers’ Survey which is available both online by visiting the CCGs’ website - www.bradfordcityccg.nhs.uk - and as a paper copy which can be requested by emailing engage@bradford.nhs.uk or calling 01274 237370.

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The project is also working closely with local carers’ groups and voluntary organisations and the team will be visiting local meetings to talk to people face-to-face about their thoughts and experiences.

Head of engagement at NHS Bradford District and Craven CCGs, Victoria Simmons, said: “There are over 50,000 carers across Bradford District and Craven contributing care worth over an estimated £900 million. Caring can have a big impact on someone’s life and three in five people will become a carer at some point in their life. We’re keen to understand more about the challenges of being a carer to ensure we put the right support in place.

“Many people who are carers may not label themselves as such and sometimes people think that to be considered a carer you have to live with the person you care for or receive money to provide that care. In fact, anyone who provides unpaid care for a friend or family member who could not cope without their support is a carer. You could be supporting someone because they have an illness or disability, a mental health problem or an addiction.

“Caring can be a very rewarding and positive experience, and we want to understand what helps carers to keep going. Caring can also be challenging, so we are also keen to hear about what services can do to help when things are difficult. 

“I’d like to encourage anyone who is a carer across Bradford District and Craven to take part by completing our survey so we can ensure we can take into account as many views and perspectives as possible.”

The Carers’ Survey is open until Monday 23 July 2018 and can be accessed on both the CCGs’ and Council websites, or by visiting: https://surveys.bradford.gov.uk/snapwebhost/s.asp?k=152587983320.

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