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Carers and Young Carers Strategy

Caring Together, the national carers strategy 2010-15, and Getting it Right for Young Carers, published in July 2010, outline the key actions to help improve outcomes for carers and young carers.  NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) are working jointly on a project to support NHS and social services staff to effectively meet the needs of carers and young carers and engage them as equal partners. The carers strategy wants us to work towards a culture where "it is everyone's job to actively identify and support carers".

 

Equal Partners in Care (EPiC)


Working together to achieve better outcomes for carers and young carers


Equal Partners in Care is a joint project between NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) to implement the workforce education and learning elements of the Caring Together - the carers strategy for Scotland 2010-15, and Getting it Right for Young Carers. The aim of the project is to support NHS and social services staff to work with (unpaid) carers and young carers to achieve better outcomes for all involved in the caring relationship.

 

EPiC Core Principles for Carers and Young Carers


We have produced a set of core principles for working with carers and young carers, as well as practice guidance, an online portal and other resources to support workforce education and learning.  These will be launched during Carers Week in June.

This year, we will be disseminating the resources and ensuring the core principles are embedded in the diverse settings that learning takes place for health, social services and other sectors. This supports the Carers Strategy vision of a culture where it is "everyone's job to actively identify and support carers".

We are looking for people who will support the use of the core principles in their practice setting, as part of our EPiC Implementation Networks. A number of demonstrator sites have also been identified to enable us to evaluate the core principles.
If you are interested in contributing, or you would like to learn more about the project, please contact gill.ryan@nes.scot.nhs.uk

"We recognise carers as equal partners in the delivery of care in Scotland and fully acknowledge the expertise, knowledge and the quality of care they give."
Caring Together, the carers strategy for Scotland 2010-15

www.knowledge.scot.nhs.uk/equalpartnersincare