Do you look after an elderly, frail or disabled friend or relative who could not manage without you? Is this care unpaid?

NHS Surrey Heath CCG acknowledges the importance of the role of carers within the community and views carers as equal partners in the provision of health care. We work alongside carers to recognise, identify and offer support through all healthcare provision.

We know that more than 80% of carers say that their caring role has damaged their health and carers providing more than 50 hours of care per week are twice as likely to report ill-health as those not providing care. (PH Strategy Healthy Lives, Healthy People). The BBC found that 40% of carers experience mental health problems due to their caring role.

The NHS England Commitment to Carers gives carers the recognition and support they need to provide invaluable care for loved ones.  Click here for more information.

GP Carer Registration
It is important that everyone at your surgery is aware that you are a carer so that they can provide you with support and help if you need it.

GPs have a responsibility to support and work with you in your caring role but also to help you to maintain your own health. GP practices are required to identify and register all carers who use their practice, so please let your GP know if you are looking after someone.

Why Register? - There are different types of help and support available to you as a carer. Once you are registered as a carer with your GP, access and referral to schemes and local services becomes much more straightforward.

How to Register - To do this simply complete a yellow Carer Registration Form, available from your GP surgery, and hand it in at reception.

Young Carers
We use Surrey County Council's Young Carers Joint Strategic Needs Assessment to help us, and our partners, understand the needs of young carers living in Surrey Heath and what more needs to be done to support them.  Click here for more information.

A website called Young Carers Stuff, packed with information for professionals, was launched in March 2015.