Identification of Carers

The surgery acknowledges the role carers play in the lives of old, physically or mentally disabled and other vulnerable patients and therefore it is important that the practice is able to provide or connect to appropriate support that carers can receive.

Carers are people who, without payment, provide help and support to a family member, friend or neighbour who cannot manage on their own due to physical or mental illness, disability, substance misuse or frailty brought on by old age.

Caring roles can include administering medication, lifting and handling, personal or emotional care or even help in or around the house. Carers should not be confused with paid care workers, care assistants or with volunteer care workers.


A “Young Carer” is defined as being below 18, who carries out significant caring tasks and by so doing, shoulders a level of responsibility for another person which is inappropriate for their age.

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