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, s which put 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.
Judging Criteria :
- Describe a demonstrable commitment to supporting the physical and mental wellbeing of carers and involving carers as key partners in care.
- Outline a clear rationale for specific initiatives to improve carer identification and support.
- Provide an outline of the organisations involved and the goals set out for integration and support structures.
- Describe the context which has created the demand for more integrated systems.
- Evidence of improved identification of, and support for, unpaid carers. This should have a quantitative aspect, but can also include qualitative feedback.
- Evidence that improving support for unpaid carers has led to improved experience and improved outcomes – for carer and cared-for person alike. This must have a quantitative aspect but can include qualitative feedback as well.
- Any case study examples which could be added to evidence in the upload box to demonstrate the quality improvements in carer and patient outcomes.
- Has the initiative been picked up elsewhere and copied, amended or adjusted for local context?
- Initiatives which have spread beyond departmental, organisational, and local boundaries. Alternatively, clear evidence the initiative is potentially replicable and scalable.
- Quantitative evidence that the work to better support and identify carers has led to improved quality and value for money.
- Has the initiative led to better quality of life for the carer and the cared for?
- How have the various stakeholders engaged organisations across the health and care sector in the initiative?
- Evidence that the initiative leaders engaged carers and patients in the design and implementation of the initiative.