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​​Improving support for carers

​Informal carers (also called unpaid carers) are people who look after family members, friends, neighbours or others because of long-term physical or mental ill health or disability, or care needs related to old age. This does not include any activities as part of paid employment.

Carers freely give their time and energy to support friends or family members and many rightly take pride in providing essential support for those close to them. Caring for others should not be to the detriment of the carer’s own health and wellbeing and carers can receive support in a number of ways – including from social services, the NHS, or the benefit system.​

National carers strategy consultation​

The Department of Health are developing a new strategy to support carers. To help develop the strategy, DH want to hear from carers, those who have someone care for them, business, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support carers.

Please complete the survey and if you have contact with carers either in your professional or personal life, please also share it with them. ​