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A Carers Card ? 2019 ... ReRevisted ... Now A Carers Passport ? Just A Rebranding Of A Tired Concept ? - Carers UK Forum

A Carers Card ? 2019 ... ReRevisted ... Now A Carers Passport ? Just A Rebranding Of A Tired Concept ?

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NOT mentioned on this forum ... until now !

https://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campa ... ort-scheme

( Nothing on the Carers Trust web site ... are CUK flying solo ... again ? )

Regular readers will not need me to expand on this concept.

Simply use the search function ... CARERS CARD ... and peruse the numerous threads over the past decade or more.

Such an opportunity to roll several functions into one " Passport " wasted ... yet again ?

A credit card allied with a carers Credit Union ... a little heavy but ... first proposed in ... 2007 !

( Would save 4 million or so needing the services of a loan shark ??? )

( Even a free food bank voucher for every £ 100 spent ? )

Free concessionary travel on public transport , when accompanying one's caree , being just one.

Emergency card ... a few examples below.

Different carers met up ... a game of snap with their carers cards ?

Stud / draw poker ... a full house ... emergency over discounts ?

I rest me case.

Some examples from over the years ;

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IN THEORY , 8.5 MILLION OF US SHOULD BE CARRYING ONE OF THESE ?

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Plenty more out there ...
As useful as carrying a Get Out Of Jail Free card. I remember I complained about visiting times to the ward manager of an acute care ward and I was given a hospital pass card. Mum was then transferred to the geriatric ward where that ward manager said the care card was not valid on her ward!
Rosemary, doesn't that just show that there needs to be some sort of National Scheme, where hospital staff are not allowed to set the rules in their own little kingdoms!
A blog from January 2018 :

The Chief Nursing Officer for England says the New Year resolution for the NHS as it goes into its 70th year should be an opportunity to review our hospital visiting restrictions :

John’s Campaign advocates the removal of all restrictions on family carers supporting their relatives in hospital who have dementia.

It also calls for a positive attitude of welcome and collaboration throughout the health and care system as was done in children’s services in the 1960s.


The campaign was founded by Nicci Gerrard and Julia Jones, after the publication of Nicci’s article about the death of her father Dr John Gerrard in 2014. Nicci also spoke on the Andrew Marr show about her father and her desire to see carers embraced as partners in care.


Chief Nurse Michelle McLoughlin, of Birmingham Women and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust shares the history of the campaign that places no duty on informal carers and imposes no specific actions on professionals, other than explicitly welcoming carers.


The campaign asks wards, hospital trusts, care homes and the ambulance service to pledge their welcome to carers and, wonderfully, to date more than 1,150 locations across the UK have already made this commitment.

However, this is not universal so I’m calling on all areas to make the same commitment in 2018.

The adoption of John’s Campaign has often come from individual nurses and patient experience staff who see this change as both compassionate and sensible. It’s been exciting to see that Mental Health Wards, building on the Triangle of Care work by the Carers Trust and the Royal College of Nursing which has supported areas to welcome carers’ contribution, are also embracing it.

Those organisations who have already removed restrictive visiting and have established this culture of openness and partnership-working, report the clear benefits this work has brought to patients and carers as well as to the participating organisations.

A flexible approach to embracing the presence of carers has led to improving the overall experience of care, changing the atmosphere in wards and services, and helping to make best use of current resources.

It has also led to better communication, fewer complaints, reduction in falls, violence, delirium, length of stay, improvement in hydration and nutrition, acceptance of therapy and medication, generally improved well-being and maintenance of function, complementing the work of the #endpjparalysis and the last 1000 days programme.

Flexible carer presence also facilitates the transition in and out of different areas of health and social care settings more easily and, of course, it’s particularly important in ensuring good end of life care.

By addressing holistic family needs, actively welcoming carers also provides the opportunity to identify and, if appropriate, offer support and signposting to carers themselves.

The explicit support of Commissioners, Trust Executive teams and senior managers has been integral and makes a significant difference in flexibly welcoming carers as partners in care universally. Senior leadership teams can help to give clinical staff confidence to progress this approach across services.

Experience shows there are many more positives to adopting the approach than challenges. To date, it’s often been individual ward managers who have taken a leading role in removing restrictions on visiting and the quality of their conversations with families and team members have made this shift to a more inclusive approach to caring achievable. Senior leaders can help expedite progress.

Sam Foster Chief Nurse at Oxford University Hospitals is passionate about the removal of restricted visiting and tweeted: “Our New Year resolution at our senior nurses meeting this week is to develop our visitors’ charter and pilot open visiting across the Trust in January.” Do follow their journey @SafetySamFoster @OUH.

Can we continue to grow this culture of open visiting in 2018? I know from personal experience when my Dad was an in-patient two years ago, that the adoption of John’s Campaign made a huge difference to me and my family.

Just as parents’ rights to be with their children in hospital became universally adopted in the1960s, in this, the NHS’s 70th birthday year, can we commit to make this cultural change of embracing and welcoming carers universal?



2020 ... something seems to have been lost in translation ???

Family / kinship carers ... still seen as something you would need to wipe off your shoe ???
"PARTNERS IN CARE"?!
We carers are all supposed to be treated as equals, our importance in the lives of our loved ones recognised, but does this really happen in practice? Certainly not, as far as I'm concerned. Hospitals especially treat carers as the slaves of their patients, from my experience anyhow. Your mum needs this, we want you to do that, seems to be the general tone, especially as the hospital staff are really only concerned with getting their beds back asap.
Meanwhile Carers UK seem oblivious to a lot of this, working to get carers "back into work"!!!
Yes BB, but the campaign and examples above seem to be advocating no standard format, you and your neighborhood devising their own card and printing them off on your inkjet printer.
Carers UK is our national organisation and I'd like to see them sorting this sort of thing out for us, rather than currently trying to get us back to work when some of us are already working 168 hours a week.
you and your neighborhood devising their own card and printing them off on you inkjet printer.


I was taking bets as to when that penny would drop !

All cards shown above are local ones ... NOTHING nationwide !

Even then , on some manors , not all accept them as Rosemary pointed out.

We have two " Supporting " organisations ... preaching from the same gospel , even disagreeing on the meaning of certain phrases ,
but hardly ever collaborating for the BENEFIT of all family / kinship carers ... the old 1 + 1 = 3 argument ?

A Carers Card has been muted since the dawn of the Internet forums ... from 2004 at least.

2020 ... no real progress , just an idea ... with so much that could be welded in ( My first post ).

Seems such thinking is beyond the capacity of both outfits ???
My son wanted to go to a museum in Mevagissey.
As usual, he just walked straight in without stopping, with me following along behind to pay for him. He was brain damaged in some areas only, he doesn't look disabled and is fit as a flea, but his mental age is about 3 in some critical areas.

They refused point blank to give me any discount without proof that I was a carer. I explained that as a family carer, not employed carer, I didn't have any ID. So I sat outside the museum whilst M looked round the model railway display etc., I didn't pay for him.

It was a horrible incident. Usually I use times like this to make things better for all carers, by explaining how the system works, but this lot just wouldn't listen.
If any carers card scheme went nationwide , another advantage.

Spammers would need to input their card number BEFORE joining the forum !

Additionally , the identification of carers ... at loooooooooooooong last ?

https://www.carersuk.org/forum/admin-an ... plan-27934

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( From a now defunct section ... Carers UK : Your Organisation ... a misnomer if ever there was one ... our ? )