NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde cares for its carers

Friday 21st June 2019

Scotland’s largest health board is being recognised for its work to support staff who care for loved ones with a new award from Carers Scotland.

NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde received the Carer Positive Award for creating a working environment where carers are valued and supported.

It’s estimated three out of five people will be a carer to someone – a relative, friend or neighbour – at some point in their lives.

Anne MacPherson, director of human resources and organisational development at the board, says: “As an employer we have to recognise that when our staff finish their shift, they might be starting all over again caring for a sick or elderly relative.

“We recognise that balancing work and personal lives can be challenging and as one of the largest employers in the West of Scotland we need to do everything we can to ease this burden when we can.”
 
“We want anyone who is a carer to know they are not alone and there is a range of help and support available for not only them but the person they are caring for.
 
“This award is a great achievement, celebrating the support available within our organisation for our staff with caring responsibilities, and for those thinking of coming to work for us, further identifies us as an employer of choice.”

 
Simon Hodgson of Carers Scotland added: “I am delighted to welcome NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde to the growing number of Carer Positive employers across Scotland. We are acutely aware that juggling work and caring for a family member can be very challenging and often very isolating.

“With 1 in 7 of the Scottish workforce caring for a loved one it is important that employers have supportive policies and procedures in place that support their carer employees. Carer Positive accreditation demonstrates a commitment to do this.”