Think CARER

An admission to hospital of a family member or friend often results in a person becoming a carer for the first time, or it can signify that their caring role is in transition as the condition of the person they care for deteriorates and there is an increase in their care needs.

Despite clear guidance that states that ‘patients and their carers are involved and supported in the discharge process’ and that ‘the involvement of individuals, carers and family/representatives is an integral and essential part of admission, transfer and discharge management’ many carers continue to report that their experience of hospital admission and discharge is poor.

ThinkCARER raises healthcare professionals’ awareness of unpaid carers, the impact their caring role has on their health and wellbeing, and how healthcare professionals can support them. Healthcare professionals are in an ideal position to identify carers and help them access the support and resources they need to improve their quality of life as well as that of the person they care for.

ThinkCARER sessions

VOCAL, in partnership with NHS Lothian, has developed a range of sessions, which can be tailored to specific remits, i.e. palliative care, care home settings, GP practices, to be delivered at a time and location to suit staff teams.

  • a 20 min drop-in taster session which can be run 2 or 3 times over an agreed period
  • a 40 – 60 min dedicated learning session
  • a 1-2 hr session to more fully explore the subject
ThinkCARER sessions will:
  • Know who Carers are and how to identify them
  • Understand the impact of the caring role
  • Clarify why Carers need support
  • Demonstrate an awareness of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016
  • Source a list of Carer supporting organisations and feel confident in the referral procedures

To book a ThinkCARER session please contact Jess Kearslake: