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For NHS employees in England

One in five people in the NHS are juggling unpaid care for a loved one who is older, ill or disabled with their work on the frontline – that is a staggering 250,000 people, and you could be one of them.

You may work in primary care – for a GP practice or in a community health team – or you may work in secondary care – in acute or emergency services.
You may be a practice manager, a GP, a nurse, midwife or consultant. You may not call yourself a carer – you are a partner, parent, son or daughter looking after someone you love. Whichever it is, you may currently be trying to keep the person you care for well and out of hospital as you also deliver frontline support, juggling two critical roles in the COVID-19 crisis.

Carers UK is delighted that to support its working carers in these challenging times NHS England, with NHS Improvement, is making available to all its staff the resources provided by Employers for Carers, through its Integrated Care Systems (ICSs) and Sustainability and Transformation Partnerships (STPs).

Employers for Carers (EfC) can help the NHS develop workplace policies and practices that support its working carers and promote a carer-aware and carer-friendly workplace culture across all its organisations. EfC also delivers tools to HR teams, Practice Managers and individual line managers through its EfC Digital platform which they can use flexibly to support carers in the NHS, helping them to juggle both paid work and care in these challenging times.

At the same time EfC’s Digital Resource for Carers can deliver much-needed support for individual working carers across all roles, in any place, at any time and on any device, giving you access to resources to help you build resilience in combining work and care.

Click here to find out how to access these resources, whether you are a working carer yourself, or supporting a working carer in your team.

Remember, if you work for the NHS in England – in any organisation, in any place - these resources are here to help.

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