Many congratulations to the five medical practices in Cambridgeshire who have been awarded Caring Together’s Carer Friendly Tick Award – Health and Carer Friendly Tick Award – Employer, in recognition of their work to support carers. The medical practices are all part of the Cambridgeshire Primary Care Network.
Clinical Directors, Rachel Harmer and Tom Shackleton, said:
“Cambridge City Primary Care Network, which comprises of 5 surgeries; Arbury, Bottisham, East Barnwell, Nuffield Road and York Street Medical Centres, are proud to have been awarded the Carer Friendly Tick award by Caring Together. What makes this recognition particularly important to us is the assessment of our application is done by Carers. Their view and feedback on how we support carers who are our patients, or members of the team is invaluable.
“This is an excellent start for us to further develop our support for Carers. Going forward we hope to meet with some of our carers and understand what would make a difference to help them in the important role they do. We do hope many of our Carers will join us if they are contacted. Working with Caring Together who are the experts in supporting Carers, we look forward to sharing with you, over the coming months, more support for carers.”
Andy McGowan, head of carer services at Caring Together, said, “With three in five of us likely to be a carer at some stage in our lives we are seeing more and more organisations in our communities recognising the importance of identifying and supporting carers of all ages.”
Caring Together works to help raise the awareness of carers in the community with health, social care and education professionals, and employers.
The five medical practices to be awarded their awards were assessed by a group of carers.
The Carer Friendly Tick Award was originally developed for education by young carers from Caring Together’s Norfolk Young Carers Forum (NYCF) project. The success of this meant the awards have been rolled out across Norfolk, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire to now include community, health and employer awards.
These recognise the valuable work done in identifying and supporting carers carried out by each type of organisations.