Family Carers’ Prescription

Family Carers’ Prescription

Would you like to take a break?

A Family Carers’ Prescription will give carers of any age (including young carers) registered with a GP surgery within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) access to a specialist worker at Caring Together who will help you design a short break that works for you and they will also provide support for this break to happen. You help decide what gives you a break – it may be assistance going out with the person you care for, someone being with the person you care for whilst you do something or it could be something else.

Are you caring for someone and feel emotionally or physically overwhelmed?

This service is available to carers that are registered with a GP surgery within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Not sure if you are covered? Check to see if your surgery is included – click here. Please note, that Hertfordshire Practices (Barley Surgery, Roysia Surgery and Royston Health Centre) are not covered by this service.

Would you like to know:

  • Your rights?
  • About benefits you could be entitled to?
  • What’s available to support you?
  • What’s available to support the person you care for?

How to get a prescription

We want it to be as simple as possible for carers to access a Family Carers’ Prescription. There are 2 main routes to you getting a prescription:

  1. Via your GP Surgery – You can go to your surgery or ask for a telephone appointment with a GP/member of staff at the practice to discuss your circumstances and what support you think you might need. Your Doctor will agree the prescription and contact Caring Together. The surgery will record you are a family carer so that they can support you appropriately in the future. If you do not get a response from your GP please let us know and we will follow up on your behalf.
  2. Via Carers Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough, Norfolk – If you find it difficult to speak with your GP, or for whatever reason don’t feel able to go to your surgery, contact one of our team who can talk you through what support we might be able to offer, and then we will contact your GP on your behalf to get the Family Carer’s Prescription authorised.

Carers Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT)

Your GP or health professional will introduce you to the Carers Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT). The CSNAT is a brief assessment tool based on research into the kinds of support other family carers have needed. It is designed to help you think about any support you may need to continue to care for your relative or friend plus any support that you need for yourself. It helps to avoid crises by enabling you to plan ahead. You may choose to discuss some of your needs with your GP or health practitioner and start to agree what will help, or you may prefer to take a copy of the CSNAT and spend some time thinking about your caring role and what is important to you.

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Are you a GP or work in a surgery and want to know more?

As part of this project, we are able to offer a range of support to help GP surgeries better identify and support family carers of all ages. This includes awareness raising and helping them to work to models of best practice. If you would like to know how we can help your surgery, please contact us on 01480 499090.

Click here (password protected) to download the GP Toolkit, resources for your Carers’ noticeboard, staff training and project updates.

If you don’t have the password, please email: [email protected].

Recognition of the Family Carers’ Prescription

The Royal College of General Practitioners has recognised the project as an example of national best practice as part of The Daffodil Standards, in relation to our identification of carer’s needs.

Charity Awards

The Carer Services Prescription, developed by Caring Together in partnership with NHS Cambridgeshire and GPs, was recognised in the 2012 Charity Awards and awarded the Effectiveness Award. Pictured at the awards at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on June 14 2012 were former Chief Executive Helen Brown, Emma Pearson (former Business Development Manager) and former Board of Directors Chair Margaret Pearce Higgins.

The Charity Awards, organised by Civil Society Media, recognised Caring Together for developing GP Carers Services Prescription in partnership with NHS Cambridgeshire and GPs. The innovative scheme improves carer recognition within GP surgeries and offers information or a break for carers of any age, including young carers.

Pictured Fiona Ellis, Margaret Pearce Higgins (former Chair), Helen Brown (former CEO), Emma Pearson & Edward Watson

Royal College of General Practitioners

Pictured Dr Helen Brown (CTC), Professor Nigel Sparrow (RCGP and SCOC) and Katie Baldwin (NHSC) at the RGCP Conference 2012
Pictured Dr Helen Brown (former CEO), Professor Nigel Sparrow (RCGP and SCOC) and Katie Baldwin (NHSC) at the RGCP Conference 2012

“Carers often neglect their own healthcare needs and in many cases it is only a matter of time before they become ill.  Most people visit their GP surgery, either for their own health or while looking after the person they care for, so we can play a crucial role.”
Dr Clare Gerada, Chair RCGP

Page last modified: 12 July 2019

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