A carer is anyone who looks after a relative or friend who needs support because of age, mental health problems, physical or learning disabilities or illness. Caring for someone can be physically exhausting and emotionally demanding. Many carers have to give up employment, leading to loneliness, living on Government benefits and consequent financial hardship.
Under the Carers (Recognition and Services) Act 1995 and the Carers and Disabled Children Act 2000 support is available. To ensure that our carers get all the help they need it is important that we are aware of who is caring for our patient's. We need to know who to contact when there are issues concerning the patient and we need to make sure that the carers themselves are supported and that they are capable of caring for the patient.
To facilitate this the practice will maintain a Register of Carers incorporated within the Computerised clinical records system. This facility is accessed via the Registration details within each patient's computer record. All Practice personnel are authorised to insert data into this register as and when it becomes known. All Practice Personnel are advised to ask for this information during any encounter with a patient, but especially when it is known that the patient is suffering from mobility or mental health problems.
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