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 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:
- Carers UK
- Carers in Hertfordshire
- Carewaves - Carers in Herts bi-annual magazine
- Crossroads Care Hertfordshire North
The Care Act 2014
- 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
Please find below a short introduction to the Care Act 2014 from the Social Care Institute for Excellence: