Dundee brings in carer support toolkit

Monday 17th June 2019

Healthcare, social work and social care staff in Dundee are to benefit from a new information pack that will provide a “go to” resource to help them identify and support carers.

The toolkit was developed by Dundee Carers Partnership after staff asked for easy to access information relating to the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016, which gives local authorities new responsibilities to assist those caring for loved ones.

It covers the rights of carers and legal duties for councils outlined in the legislation, as well as information on identifying, supporting and involving carers, and sets out ‘what carers should expect from services’.

The new law brought in four new outcomes that local authorities have to work towards, including helping carers to balance their life with their caring role, including through short breaks.

Every carer is entitled to a personal plan that includes their aims and support needs.

There are also links to legislation, factsheets and other useful resources to signpost professionals to key information to support their work with carers.

It’s hoped the toolkit will help different agencies co-ordinate their support for carers.

Further information and advice will continue to be available from the Dundee Carers Centre.

Although the toolkit is intended for workers and volunteers, it will also be directly available to carers and the people they support through the Carers of Dundee website.

Alexis Chappell of Dundee health and social care partnership and Dundee Carers Partnership said: “This toolkit makes information about supporting carers accessible to everyone who needs it. The style and format makes it a "go-to" resource for a range of professionals working across Dundee city."