Supporting carers

Supporting carers

There are around 56,000 family and friend carers in east and north Hertfordshire – that’s around 10% of the women, men and children who make up our population.

This ‘hidden army’ provides the equivalent of £1bn of care a year, but they don’t always get the support that they need.  East and North Herts Clinical Commissioning Group have published a strategy to ensure that carers’ needs are prioritised by local health services.

The Department for Health are running the following survey on improving support for carers - please have your say by clicking on this link.

Additionally if you're a young carer or work with young carers, click here to have your say on what should be included in the young people's manifesto for Hertfordshire.

Practical Guide for Caring

The NHS alongside Public Health England and a number of carer voluntary organisations have developed a practical guide for caring, particularly for people new to caring responsibilities. You can download the guide by clicking here.

If you, or someone you know, is a carer, you can find more advice and support from the folowing national and local organisations:


The Care Act 2014

The Care Act 2014 has introduced new functions for local authorities, these aim to ensure that people:
  • receive services that prevent, reduce and delay their care needs from becoming more serious
  • can get the information they need to make good decisions about care and support
  • have a good range of providers to choose from
With an emphasis on prevention, carers should receive support much earlier before reaching crisis point. 

Please find below a short introduction to the Care Act 2014 from the Social Care Institute for Excellence:

Last modified: 

24 Jan 2018