Working with carers Health professionals Investors in Carers GP Surgery Accreditation Investors in Carers GP Standard Accreditation In 2014 Northamptonshire Carers launched the ‘Investors in Carers GP Standard’ accreditation scheme, available to all surgeries in Northamptonshire. The scheme aims to: Improve identification of and support available to Carers Acknowledge work undertaken to support Carers by Northamptonshire GP teams Provide an accredited framework for GP teams within which to develop services and good practice Modelled on similar schemes operating in other parts of the UK, it is hoped that this may become part of a nationally recognised Investors in Carers Standard. There are 4 levels of attainment: Bronze 2. Silver 3. Gold 4. Gold Plus Surgeries can submit evidence for consideration by the accreditation panel which is made up of representatives of Carers, the County Council, NHS and ourselves. Accreditation will be valid for two years, after which further evidence will be required to maintain the award. “Carers often remain unaware of what help is available to them and the person they look after, which can result in crisis. Achieving the GP Investors in Carers Standard accreditation will help surgeries to realise the vital role they can play and understand how, with Northamptonshire Carers help, they can provide the best possible support for Carers and ultimately improve the life of their patients.” Mark Major, CEO of Northamptonshire Carers We know that Carers’ health can be negatively affected as a result of caring so it is essential that Carers are identified by their GP surgeries so they can be offered help and support. It is recognised that carers do not easily come forward, and that GP’s and their teams are in the best possible position to identify carers at all points in their caring life. “The contribution of carers is vital to the delivery of both health and social care and to the wider economy, and GPs and their teams are in an ideal position to help and support carers.” Professor Nigel Sparrow - Chair, Professional Development Board, Royal College of General PractitionersRead more from Prof. Sparrow Read more The contribution of carers is vital to the delivery of both health and social care and to the wider economy, and GPs and their teams are in an ideal position to help and support carers. About 6000 people take on the role of caring every day. We know that carers’ health suffers as a result of caring so it is really important that we are able to identify carers so that we can provide much needed help and support. Personal continuing relationship-based care is fundamental to our role as GPs. The relationship between carer and GP practice is a special one and should be recognised as a partnership in care. The guide supports the continuing education of GPs so that doctors can more easily identify patient carers and be aware of their needs. We hope it will lead to tangible results and new ways of working within the primary healthcare team but perhaps most importantly, it will put carers at the top of the health agenda where they rightfully belong.