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NES recognised as Carer Positive employer


We recently received the Carer Positive 'Engaged' award in recognition of our working environment where carers are valued and supported. Sue McClintock of Carers Scotland visited our Westport offices to present the award to Dorothy Wright, Director of Workforce, NES.

The Carer Positive award is based on five main criteria, which cover everything from how carers are enabled to identify themselves, what policies, employee assistance and peer support mechanisms are in place, as well as the way this information is communicated to the workforce.

The award incorporates 3 levels or stages, from ‘engaged’ to ‘established’ through to ‘exemplary'. This enables employers to progress from one stage to the next, building from an initial level of commitment to embedding a culture of support for carers within the organisation.

The benefits to employers of having ‘carer friendly’ policies and working practices can include reduced levels of stress, reduced sickness absence, lower recruitment and training costs, increased staff morale and productivity levels.

Equal Partners in Care (EPiC) is the national framework for workforce learning and development related to unpaid carers. It comprises of a set of core principles based on six outcomes for carers and young carers. NES and the Scottish Social Services Council have developed a series of learning resources for workers in health, social care and other services with a role in identifying and supporting carers and young carers.

For more information on EPiC and the three elearning modules: Carer Aware, Caring Together and Planning with Carers as Equal Partners go to

Carer Positive is operated by Carers Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government. For more information visit