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Am I a carer?

Carers are people who care, in an unpaid capacity, for friends or family members who are ill, frail or disabled. Carers come from all backgrounds and cultures and can be of any age or gender. 

As one of the largest community based NHS Foundation Trusts in the country, we want you to have access to all the support you may need as a carer. This page provides information you might find useful while the person you care for is a patient of Birmingham Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. There are also useful links for carers support in the community.

Who can I contact?

To find out how we can support you or for advice and information, please speak to our dedicated Patient & Carers Information and Support Service by phoning 0800 917 2855.  The team works closely with clinicians to ensure that the non-clinical needs of patients, service users, and their carers are addressed. The team members have knowledge and expertise on finance and benefits, housing, support services based in the community, and groups offering peer support to patients and their families. The team members also have knowledge relating to Carers Rights. We are able to work in an in-patient and community setting as required, including home visits where appropriate.  

Carer's assessments

As a carer you are entitled to a social care assessment in your own right. A carer’s assessment is a discussion with you that will help us understand the physical, emotional and practical impact that caring has on your life and to ensure you can access appropriate support services to help you in your role.

If you are care for an adult and caring has a major impact on your life, you can talk to Birmingham Carers Hub about the help and support you may need. This is called a carer's assessment which Birmingham Carers Hub undertakes of behalf of the Birmingham City Council. This can happen even if the adult you care for is unwilling to accept help. Your assessment gives you the chance to discuss your needs.

You can find out more about how the local authority supports carers by clicking here: https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20065/support_for_carers

More information about carers assessments can be found via this link: Carer's assessments

To request a carers assessment, please contact Birmingham Carers Hub:

Birmingham City Council:


Caring for yourself

The role of a carer can be stressful and it is important to remember your own physical and mental health needs. If you are worried about your health please talk to your GP.  The NHS Choices website has useful tips on caring for yourself.

Rethink is an organisation that focuses on the wellbeing of carers www.rethink.org

The NHS practical guide to healthy caring will help you if you have caring responsibilities, but it is written to be particularly relevant for those who are about 65 years or older and are new to caring.

Are you a young carer?

We will ask you if you are a young carer. If we don't, please tell us.

We will advise you where to get help and support and tell you about your eligibility for a young carer's assessment.

If you are not sure whether what you do for someone at home or in your family makes you a young carer, please talk to our Carers Support and Patient Information Service on 0800 917 2855

Other information for carers

Someone without a GP

If you are a carer for someone and need emergency treatment and do not have a GP, you can get advice, information and support by telephoning:

·         NHS 111 available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

·         Samaritans on 08457-90-90-90 – available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week

·         SANELINE on 0845-767-8000 – available from 6pm to 11pm every day

Easy read version of the NHS England Carers Toolkit published

An easy read version of the NHS England Carers Toolkit has been published. The toolkit explains how health services, social care services and carer support organisations can work together to provide carers with support so that they are able to enjoy life outside of their caring role.

Carer's Trust launches a new online relationship guide for unpaid carers

The new relationship guide promotes early action in relationship support with focus on prevention rather than crisis intervention. It also provides unpaid carers with advice to help them cope with the strain that caring can put on relationships.
The Carer's Trust Relationship Guide

Carers Rights Guide

This is a definitive guide to your rights as a carer and where you can go for financial or practical help. Click to read more.

Information from Carers UK

Carers UK is a leading charity which supports carers by providing a wealth of resources which can make life easier for you and your loved ones as you live day-to-day with the challenges being a carer can present. Click here to visit the website.

Patient and carer groups

The Trust has some service and condition specific patient and carer groups. If you or someone you care for has accessed one of these services or have been affected by a certain condition you may want to join the patient or carer group.

Our Patient and Carer Groups are:

•In-Patient Neuro-Rehabilitation Unit Patient and Carer Group

•Podiatry User Group

•Learning Disabilities Patient Experience Network

•Moor Green Brain Injury Unit Steering Group

If you’d like to discuss joining one of these groups please contact the Public Engagement Team on 0121 466 6516 or email engagement@bhamcommunity.nhs.uk

Upfront

Click here to get information tailored to your situation, including practical and financial support and information to help you manage the impact of caring on your health and relationships.

Carers Rights Guide

This is a definitive guide to your rights as a carer and where you can go for financial or practical help. Click to read more.

Factsheets

These helpful factsheets break down the complex issues simply and accurately so you get the full picture of support available. Click here to find out more.

Continuing Healthcare funding information

NHS CHC public information leaflet

NHS CHC - An easy read guide

More from Carers UK

Carers UK is a leading charity which supports carers by providing a wealth of resources which can make life easier for you and your loved ones as you live day-to-day with the challenges being a carer can present. Click here to visit the website.

Carers week