Caring for carers’ health
Carers are key partners in the delivery of community care, but without the right support they risk falling into ill health themselves. Keynote speakers and workshops will share and debate aspects of good practice ranging from Primary Care and carer assessment to ‘self-management’ programmes for carers. The conference is an opportunity to hear carers’ views and find out what makes a difference for them.
Date and venue: 9th October 2012 in the Holiday Inn, Ormeau Avenue, Belfast
10.15 Welcome and Introduction
- My caring life - Carers Richard Burnside and Tracy Sloan will share their personal experiences of caring.
- New Approaches to Supporting Carers’ Health and Well-being: Evidence from the National Carers’ Strategy Demonstrator Sites Dr Andrea Wigfield, Deputy Director, Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities, Leeds University
11.15 Workshops Delegates can choose to attend one of these five workshops:
Workshop 1 - Managing your caring
Is it possible to care for someone without burn-out? Does the ‘self- management’ training model have anything to offer carers? Ailish Cullen, Arthritis Care NI, Trainer from the Managing Caring Pilot
Workshop 2 - GPs’ role in supporting carers
Lessons so far from a joint project with the Royal College of GPs. Michael Shann, Carers Ambassador Project Manager, Carers UK
Workshop 3 - Using Carers Assessments to promote health and wellbeing
Carers Assessments are a powerful tool for carers and Trusts but are they being used as effectively as they could be? Joe Blake, Independent Consultant, formerly Lead Inspector, SSI Inspection Into Care Services For Carers Of Older People
Workshop 4 - Telecare and telehealth
An introduction to the range of technology options that are already being used in Northern Ireland. How can technology be used to support carers? Soo Hun, Programme Manager, Centre for Connected Health
Workshop 5 - Stress Management and Relaxation
This practical session led by the renowned Liz Comerton is for carers who have had enough discussion and want to discover techniques to manage their own health and wellbeing.
12.45 Priorities for older carers - Claire Keatinge, The Commissioner for Older People
1.00 Lunch and Networking
2.00 Carers Northern Ireland Members Meeting (non-members welcome as observers)
Book a place
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The conference is free to attend for members of Carers Northern Ireland and £12 for other carers. The fee for organisations is £40 per person, with discounts for multiple bookings.
Help for carers to attend
If you would have difficulty attending due to caring responsibilities, please contact Carers Northern Ireland as soon as possible as, thanks to support from The Atlantic Philanthropies, we may be able to help with the cost of alternative care.