Our commitment to carers

We are committed to working towards the following vision:

Family and friends carers will be universally recognised and valued as being fundamental to strong families and stable communities. Support will be tailored to meet individuals’ needs, enabling carers to maintain a balance between their caring responsibilities and a life outside caring, while enabling the person they support to be a full and equal citizen.

The West Sussex Joint Commitment to Family and Friend Carers report sets out how organisations will work together to identify and support carers in West Sussex. It sets out the main priority areas for health and social care over the next five years, in the support of carers.

The main priorities are:

To raise the profile of carers/young carers – make carers part of  everyone’s core business. To be proactive in identifying and supporting carers and young carers, in order to avert avoidable crisis situations.
  • All partners to raise the profile of what a carer does and make clear the responsibility of everyone in listening to carers, including carers in care and support plans and signposting carers for support when required.
  • We will routinely deliver education, training and information to professionals so to ‘Think Carer' becomes automatic.
  • Good information and advice is to be made available to professionals and patients/customers at every stop along the road of a patients/carers journey.
To achieve personalised support to carers.
  • In order to raise the profile of carers we will work towards everyone routinely taking a ‘Think Family’ perspective on illness, disability and frailty.
  • We need to ask “who is caring?”, “Is that appropriate?” (e.g. young carers), “Does the carer even realise that they are a carer and therefore entitled to an assessment.”
  • We commit to reducing barriers to effective information sharing and the need for family & friends carers to repeat their, or the person they care for’s history, over and over again.
  • We renew our commitment with carers and communities regarding new ways of identifying and supporting carers.
  • We will assist schools and colleges to get better at identifying and supporting young carers.
Ensure young carers do not carry out inappropriate levels of care and can achieve in education and employment.
  • We will assist schools and colleges to get better at identifying and supporting young carers.
  • We will support all services to ‘Think Family’ and act where the roles and responsibilities of a youngcarer are not age appropriate.
Support carers to remain physically and mentally well.
  • We will promote statutory carer assessments  and ensure assessments have carer wellbeing at their heart.
  • New models to identify and support carers will be explored and adopted.
  • Services will be continuously monitored and reviewed, with carers’ inputs, in order to ensure desired health outcomes are being achieved.
  • We will continue to develop the dedicated Carer Health Team SCT, a team of clinicians focussed on the health of the carer.
Build a carer friendly community.
  • Each partner organisation will review their own practice and procedures as an employer.
  • Each partner organisation to influence partners (through contractual relationships) to be ‘carer friendly’ employers.
  • Carer experience (of services to their ‘cared for’) to be evaluated and acted upon when possible in order to improve on procedures and services.