Survey aimed at adult carers in Surrey

By admin at February 03, 2011 11:42
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Health survey seeks carers’ views

 Surrey’s carers are being asked about their health and their health needs by a[l1]  new survey. The findings will be used to take a fresh look at the services provided for the them and to see if there are any areas for further improvement.

 

NHS Surrey, in partnership with Action for Carers (Surrey) and Surrey County Council, has developed a health survey to help understand the impact that caring has on the health of carers – and to help in the development of services for them.

 

1 in 8 people are thought to be adult carers, meaning there’s an estimated 100,000 carers in Surrey. National evidence suggests that caring can impact on their health and this survey will help paint the picture in Surrey.

 

Gabby Alford, NHS Surrey Associate Director Strategic Partnerships, said:

Carers[l2]  are so important, often giving long hours to look after someone in their family or a friend. Sometimes their own health can be less of a priority than the needs of the person they care for. This survey is important because it will raise awareness about the health needs of carers in Surrey. It’s crucial for us to know as much as possible to help us plan and organise services to support them.”

 

The survey is open to all adult carers in Surrey and closes on 10th April 2011. It can be completed at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/surreycarers Surveys have been sent direct to everyone registered with their local carers support scheme.  Further information is available from the Surrey County Council Contact Centre on 0300 200 1005.

 

All responses will be treated in the strictest confidence and will help inform us about future developments in health and care support services. For instance findings will be used to support the work of Surrey’s “GP carers recognition workers” who were introduced last year. Their role is to help GPs identify and recognise the health needs of carers, meaning better support for carers from primary healthcare.

 

The findings will also be published on Carersnet  - www.carersnet.org.uk - and sent to all GP practices and carers’ support organisations in Surrey.

 

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For more information contact the NHS Surrey Press Office on 01372 201722.


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