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It’s time for a ‘carer-friendly’ NHS

Heléna Herklots,
Chief Executive, Carers UK

The NHS depends on carers; without their contribution in unpaid care, it would collapse. But many carers feel that they aren’t being fully supported by the NHS either in their caring role, or to look after their own health.

Hearing from carers first hand

Neil Churchill
Director of Patient Experience, NHS

As part of Carers Week 2014, Neil spent the day visiting carers at their home and hearing their experiences first hand. Read about his day, and about the next steps for NHS England’s Commitment for Carers.

My vision for carers

Paul Burstow MP

What’s your vision for carers around health and social care? That was the simple question Carers UK put to me ahead of their annual Carers’ Summit. And the simple answer is that my vision for carers is that everyone caring for loved ones has the support they need – and recognition of the fantastic and inspiring work they do on a daily basis.

Beyond the big speeches, what do the party conferences mean for carers?

Steve McIntosh, Policy and Public Affairs Manager, Carers UK

Each autumn, as the main political parties gather for their party conferences, the media tends to get very excited about what it all means for the ‘political world’. But most people only catch a glimpse on the news or a story in the paper about the big speeches from the party leaders or often just do their best to avoid the wall-to-wall media coverage of political gossip.

Making the most of technology to balance family, caring and work

Sarah Newton MP, Vice-Chair, Conservative Party

Earlier this year, I was proud to have been asked by the Carers Week partners such as Age UK, Carers UK and Macmillan Cancer Support, to be one of the three Parliamentary Ambassadors for their excellent campaign; a campaign designed to highlight and celebrate the help that carers provide to their loved ones. There are 6.5 million carers in the UK who support family members who cannot look after themselves, either through disability or simply old age.

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