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NHS Wakefield CCG supporting carers

NHS Wakefield CCG recognises that a number of our staff have caring responsibilities.

Being a working carer can be stressful

Support for working carers is crucial

As a Wakefield employer, we want to help people across the district lead a ‘good life’ and are committed to providing the appropriate level of support to our unpaid carers.

To help do this, we have signed up to the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership’s Working Carers Passport project.

The project identifies carers within the workforce and leads to the provision of support, services and other benefits. It also encourages and supports carers to have workplace discussions regarding flexibility and adjustments within a supportive framework and in a format that will follow them during their employment.

Alongside this, our staff have access to free online resources, which includes:

  • Information
  • E-learning modules
  • Manager Guides
  • Carer Guides 

We are also in the process of establishing a Carers’ Staff Network at the CCG.

There are more than 36,000 carers living in the Wakefield district, of which 78 per cent are said to be of working age. Carers in Wakefield are estimated to be worth more than £700 million.

There is more information available in the recently released Director of Public Health annual report which was all about how we can play our part in helping carers feel identified, recognised, supported and valued.