As part of Carers Rights Day 2018, NHS Tayside is encouraging staff to be aware of the support and advice available to carers.
Carers Rights Day is on Friday 30 November and focuses this year on supporting people to prepare for the future. Every day 6,000 people become carers but often it’s not something that’s planned for. Having the right information at the right time can make all the difference when you’re looking after someone.
As a Carer Positive Employer, NHS Tayside offers support and advice to support staff who care for someone outside of work through a dedicated Staffnet site under Our Websites | Carers Information. There are also advice and support sessions for staff who are carers which run regularly throughout the year. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on these sessions.
The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 was implemented in April this year and NHS Education for Scotland has produced a learning resource for staff. The aim of this resource is to help make staff aware of their responsibilities in ensuring boards meet the duty to involve carers in hospital discharge.
This resource is primarily for hospital staff with responsibilities for carer involvement in hospital discharge, including but not limited to nurses, midwives, doctors, allied health professionals and clinical support workers. You can find the resource on Staffnet under Hot Links | New Carers Act Duties or by clicking here
If you are a carer there are a number of local sources of support for you. If you want to find out more you can contact the carers centre for your local area.
Dundee Carers Centre, Seagate House, 132-134 Seagate, Dundee
Angus Carers, Ground Floor, 8 Grant Road, Arbroath
Carers HUB, Perth & Kinross Association of Voluntary Service, The Gateway, North Methven Street, Perth
Fife Carers Centre, 157 Commercial Street, Kirkcaldy
For more information on Carers Rights Day please visit www.carersuk.org