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National Carers Strategy currently out for consultation with an estimated publication date of December 2016

Carers strategy: the second national action plan 2014 to 2016
The document identifies the main actions for the next 2 years around supporting carers. It has an overview of evidence gathered over the last few years. It also explains the main national achievements in recognising and supporting carers during that time. This builds on the national Carers Strategy of 2008 and the next steps update of 2010.

Wirral Carers Strategy:2014 - 2017


Previous Key Issues
(Update May 2013) 

  • According to the Census 2011, there are an estimated 40,340 carers in Wirral. This is around 12.6% of the Wirral population, compared to around 10.3% nationally and 11.1% regionally

  • The value of the care provided by carers in Wirral is estimated to be £755m per annum (Carers UK, 2011)

  • As of October 2012, there were around 3,200 carers identified by GP systems and 1,300 who are receiving information and/or services from Wirral Local Authority (there may be some overlap between these databases). This clearly indicates that only a small number of carers are currently identified and known to services

  • A Wirral Short Breaks programme was established in February 2012, based on feedback from local carers. As of September 2012, 590 carers had accessed the programme (224 of whom were not previously identified as carers).

  • It is important that those providing care are identified and supported because caring can have a negative impact on the health of the care-giver. Those most likely to report that caring has impacted on their own health are those who balance looking after a family with their caring role and those who provide care in their own household

  • Most carers in Wirral were caring for a spouse or partner (43.4%), followed by a parent (28%) and most were caring in their own home (75.8% or 3 out of every 4 carers). Caring in your own home is associated with greater psychological impact

  • The largest percentage of those providing care in Wirral are doing so because the person they care for has a physical disability or long-standing illness.

  • Despite the older age profile of Wirral, a smaller percentage of Wirral carers say they care for somebody because of ageing related problems or dementia than is the case nationally (38% in England, compared to 31.6% in Wirral in 2009-10).

  • A slightly higher proportion of carers reported their health as bad or very bad in Wirral compared to England in 2009-10 (10.4% in Wirral compared to 9% in England). The most common health impacts reported by Wirral carers were tiredness, stress, sleep problems, irritability and short-temperedness and depression

  • Increasing hours of care are associated with increasing poor health. Those providing 20+ hours of care were around twice as likely to report these health impacts as those providing less than 20 hours of care per week

  • Nationally, 17.1% of carers reported having given up work due to providing care, this figure was 16.4% in Wirral in 2009-10

  • There is evidence that many carers do not claim benefits to which they are entitled. In 2011, Carers UK estimated that in Wirral, unclaimed Carers benefits to be in the region of £6.3m

  • Projections on the future number of carers suggest that the number of Wirral carers aged 85+ will increase by 65% between 2012 and 2030. This compares to an overall increase in the number of older carers (those aged 65+) of 27%. Those aged 85+ are also most likely to be providing more than 50 hours of care per week

  • Robust local information on the number and diversity of carers is currently lacking. It is important to increase the identification of carers from other groups likely to be under-represented, for example, BAME community, substance misuse, other vulnerable adults and young carers.

  • Local carers identified the following issues at recent Carers Events (held September 2012):

    • The need for improved information about support, services, benefits and allowance is key

    • Services should allow carers to exercise choice, control & flexibility and fit around the carer and those they care for

    • Gaps in current services (e.g. emergency response services) which can mean that carers only receive help when at crisis point

    • Practical concerns and worries relating to issues such as money and transport

Carers (last update May 2013) ( Warning - large file)

Wirral Carers Strategy: 2014 - 2017


(Last refreshed - December 2012)
(Last updated - May 2013)
(Next update - to be completed)

Carers NW Transition Alliance Conference 26/01/2012


Key information sources for you to consider:
NHS Outcomes Framework
National Centre for Health Outcomes Development
NHS Information Centre
ChiMat
JSNA other useful sources of information