Services for Carers

Who is a carer?

A carer is a person of any age (including children) who provides unpaid support to a partner, relative, friend or neighbour who couldn’t get by without their help. This could be due to old age, frailty, disability, a serious health condition, mental ill health or substance misuse. Parents of children who are disabled or who have a serious health condition are also considered to be carers.

It is estimated that 10% of patients are carers.

Carers can download ‘Looking after someone@ for free from website

Carers UK is the leading charity for unpaid carers in the UK, providing expert guidance and support, and campaigning for carer’s rights. We offer accurate and up-to-date information on a wide range of caring issues on our website, as well as free resources, factsheets and publications –

Improving carer identification

As a practice, we want to increase the number of people on our carers’ register so that we can look after you better. We do this by:

  • Asking patients with long-term conditions to name their carers
  • Running awareness-raising campaigns to get carers to tell us about their caring responsibilities