It is estimated 6.5 million people in Britain are unpaid carers – providing vital support to friends and family who could not manage without them. Carers have an estimated value to health and social care systems of £1.32 billion a year. The timely identification of Carers enabling them to be supported with their own health and wellbeing is vital to sustaining our health and care systems.
The Five Year Forward View committed the NHS to find new ways to support carers and to build on the new rights created by the Care Act and the Children & Families Act. As such NHS England are driving forward initiatives which highlight system based arrangements, which embed the timely identification and support of carers within their core workstreams.
Judges will be looking for well-integrated systems with case study examples of this work in practice. Patient and carer outcomes are key to the success stories judges want to hear about, together with an appreciation of the potential or realised economic benefits to the system which have been identified.
This award will recognise cross-system working which supports unpaid carers with resources and structures which demonstrate real integration across organisations such as the NHS, local authorities, voluntary and private sector providers.