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Links and information about the white paper are on the ROLE group‘s site.

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Another meeting cancelled at very short notice. Carers were very disappointed. We will write to the speaker with a list of questions which we hope he can address promptly.

We will mention the following lists of issues:

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For everyone who couldn’t afford to attend the 5th International carers conference in Leeds …  Carers World Radio have put podcasts of some of the presentations online.

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The transcript of the debate shows the future plans for carers and the carers strategy. This includes the cancellation of Caring with Confidence. They are looking at ‘the best way to reinvest the money to deliver good outcomes for carers’. (Courses will run locally for the next few months.)

Paul Burstow, Minister of State (Care Services) ended the debate saying:

I hold to the view that carers are an important thread that holds communities together. We need to do more to support them. Their value will grow as our society ages and people with disabilities live longer. We must ensure, both across parties and within the coalition, that the refreshed strategy delivers tangible results, rather than being just a statement of intent. It must be clear about delivering change for carers. That is this Government’s commitment, and I look forward to making the difference, along with colleagues, as we go forward.

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We had received apologies from the planned speaker. We had a discussion about current issues for carers in St Helens:

  1. There still isn’t a single phone number for existing service users to contact services.
  2. We were told that families would receive a prompt phone call before 11am if an appointment had to be cancelled. This doesn’t happen.
  3. Carers described a lack of support once the person they care for is stable enough to be discharged back to primary care (the GP). The person may still feel quite unwell – for example they may be taking medication and feel unable to work. But all support ends when they are no longer in primary care – and it all goes at the same time.
  4. People can only access a community support worker for 2 years. Even though they know the deadline, there is no preparation to access alternative support.
  5. If there are less beds, there should be more community support.
  6. There is still a turnover of staff with little continuity of care.

We will bring these issues up with our speaker next month.

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Mike Smith is an award winning mental health professional with 26 years experience. He was a Director of Nursing in Birmingham before leaving in 2001 to become an independent trainer and consultant. He has been a champion of recovery for many years, and has gained international respect for his innovative work on recovery and thriving.

‘We define mental distress as a human condition and variation rather than a disorder, and believe that once we view people as distressed rather than ill, it opens up a wealth of opportunities to support the individual towards recovery and thriving.’

Mike originally trained at Winwick Hospital and had worked for many years within the NHS. Now he works for his own consultancy which has developed the THRIVE model.

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1 in 5 carers have left, or had to turn down, a job because of caring responsibilities.

Do you need some extra support to help you to combine paid work with caring and help reduce financial hardship?

Extra support announced today includes:

  • Ensuring carers have access to appropriate employment programmes – including one-to-one work focused support for carers
  • Funding for replacement care for participation in approved activities (including employment training)
  • A Care Partnership Manager in every Jobcentre Plus district
  • Specialist training for advisers who work with carers

This is all part of the short-term aims of the Carers Strategy.

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