West Yorkshire and Harrogate has been identified as one of six regions to work in partnership with NHS England to develop an approach to better support unpaid carers across our area.

There are an estimated 260,000 unpaid carers living in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, including children and young people caring for parents with long-term health conditions.

Many carers are ‘hidden’ and provide the majority of care without formal support. Being a carer can be stressful and have a major impact on your health, relationships, education and employment. With this in mind we are working with NHS England to ensure that identifying carers and supporting them is further embedded within our work. This includes developing ways to support the existing and future workforce who balance caring responsibilities, signposting and identifying service standards for all organisations – not just in the public sector.

You can read more about our approach to improve the support for unpaid carers in West Yorkshire and Harrogate here.

Supporting carers in West Yorkshire and Harrogate update April 2018

You can read an update on the work of West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership programme for unpaid carers here.

Event to support carers across West Yorkshire and Harrogate

West Yorkshire and Harrogate, Health and Care Partnership shared their vision and aspirations for the 260,000 unpaid carers, including young carers, living across the area at a special event in Wakefield on Thursday 14 December 2017. Over 60 representatives from voluntary and community organisations including, Carers Count, Carers Wakefield and District, Carers Leeds and Carers Resource attended the event supported by health services, local councils and Carers UK to find out how they can contribute to the WY&H vision for unpaid carers and share good practice.

Guest speakers on the day included Rob Webster, Emily Holzhausen OBE from Carers UK, Fatima Khan-Shah, Partnership Lead for Carers and Neil Churchill from NHS England. Read more here. You can also view the event presentations here presentations here and view the event findings report on our 'Get involved / engagement section'.

To support this work we also wanted to gain an understanding of the organisations across West Yorkshire and Harrogate that provide support for unpaid carers. A mapping exercise was undertaken and this report provides a summary of that exercise.

Although caring can be rewarding, there is substantial evidence that carers have poorer physical and mental health than those who are not caring, and that the more care you provide the more likely you are to have poorer health. For many carers, the biggest priority is the health and wellbeing of those they care for and as such they are more likely to neglect their own health and are known to put off treatment for themselves. – with this in mind we are working closely with primary care professionals, including GPs and practice nurses to give carers the support they need.

Watch this film about young careers support: