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The case for services for carers

The case for services for carersThere is a strong financial argument for commissioning for carers, as well as a need to minimise the inequalities that carers face and improve outcomes for them in health, education, work and well-being.
Commissioning for Carers: an Action Guide for Decision-Makers, 2009

The case for services for carers

The National Carers' Strategy 2008 sets out what needs to be achieved for carers by 2018, including:
The case for services for carers Protecting carers' own mental and physical health
The case for services for carers Giving carers access to the integrated and personalised services they need to support them
The case for services for carers Ensuring that carers can enjoy a life of their own.
 
The Performance Assessment Guide 200809 for adult services focuses on delivery of the National Carers' Strategy, featuring new requirements for carer support, such as:
The case for services for carers Becoming expert care partners
The case for services for carers Being actively engaged in commissioning decisions
The case for services for carers Being supported to continue in employment or return to work

The MS Society can help commissioners to better understand the needs of carers by, for example, arranging MS service user reference groups. Such groups provide the active engagement with carers now required of all commissioners.

If you would like to discuss the help that the MS Society can provide please visit the contact page to get in touch with a local service development officer.

Download PDF: Commissioning for Carers (2009)
Download PDF: Commissioning for Carers Action Guide (2009)

Visit the MS Society to learn more about its Carers Programme: www.mssociety.org.uk
View the MS Society's range of free publications here

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