Friday 24th November 2017
Greater recognition and support needed for carers in our society
Today marks Carers Rights Day 2017, led by the national charity Carers UK. This year’s theme is ‘Make Connections, Get Support’ which aims to help carers across local communities to better understand their rights, find out what support they are entitled to and how to go about securing it. Organisations across the country are participating in coordinated activities to help promote the campaign.
There are approximately 6.5 million people caring, unpaid, for family or friends in the United Kingdom. As our population grows older, carers are supporting people with evermore complex health conditions. The number of unpaid carers is set to increase significantly, compounded by the current challenges faced by social care provision, meaning that there are more individuals taking on care responsibilities at home. The fact that larger numbers of people are becoming unpaid carers should be a clear signal for society in general that more support is needed to help individuals navigate the challenges of taking on such a role.
Carers often miss out on support they are entitled to. Access to the right information at the right time can make all the difference. A growing number of those individuals that don’t see themselves as carers aren’t identified as a result of this and they therefore miss out on practical and financial support that can prove to be vital. Over half of carers (54%) surveyed by Carers’ UK took over a year to recognise their caring role. As a consequence, this very real barrier has caused carers’ own health and finances to be significantly affected.
Carers UK recently worked with Future Care Capital to produce a report called ‘Securing the future: planning health and care for every generation’. The report looks at a new settlement for health and care or ‘Care Covenant’, underpinned by Future Care Guarantees, which aim to offer greater security for everyone in society. Carers UK contributed a chapter looking at caring now and in the future. Their chapter makes plain that the number of people forced to take a career break to support a loved one is expected to increase.
Future Care Capital recently called on the Government to recognise the economic contribution of carers to the overall economy and work with employers to introduce measures to improve carers’ ‘work-life-care balance’. Delivering greater recognition will support the growing number of carers at home and in community settings.
Joel Charles, Deputy Chief Executive of Future Care Capital, said:
“We should never underestimate the vital contribution carers make to our society. The sacrifices they make to look after a loved one often mean it is near impossible to juggle their caring responsibilities and work commitments, which force many to take a career break. Future Care Capital is calling for a new work-life-care balance, led by the Government and employers, so that carers life ambitions are not held back because of their responsibilities at home or in their community.”
Notes to Editors
For all press enquiries, please contact Joel Charles, FCC Deputy Chief Executive, at [email protected] or 07377 338322.
Joel Charles is available for broadcast interview.
- Carers UK, Missing out: the identification challenge (November 2016), accessible at: https://www.carersuk.org/for-professionals/policy/policy-library/missing-out-the-identification-challenge
About Future Care Capital (FCC)
FCC is a charity, emerging from the sale of the awarding organisation, the Council for Awards in Care, Health and Education (CACHE), in September 2015.
Beginning life as the National Nursery Examination Board (NNEB) in 1945, the charity has evolved throughout its 70-year history and continues to have Her Majesty the Queen as its Royal Patron.
Following the sale of its awarding organisation business and assets (including the CACHE and NNEB brands) the charity has now embarked on its next chapter.
The Trustees have developed a detailed strategy for the future direction of the charity and have recently approved a 10-year business plan. The Trustees have identified the following vision, goals and aspirations that follow on from the Charity’s objects:
Charitable Objects: To promote education, training, quality and standards in care, health and education and allied disciplines.
Vision Statement: The charity will be known for being the leading independent voice for applying evidence that will advocate for and deliver a step change in health and care, including the advancement of quality and standards as well as education and training for allied professions as a sustainable charity.
Mission: Engage, educate and involve all generations in the development and delivery of unified health and care provision.
Key Beneficiaries: Those in receipt of care.
Key Goals and Aspirations:
- Be recognised as a leading advocate and thought leader;
- to deliver a step change in the advancement of quality and standards, education and training in care and health and allied professions; and
- sustainably grow impact.
The charity has adopted an agile approach to delivery underpinned by an enabling internal culture and supporting systems that reflect its core values of empathy, diversity, openness and professionalism.
The charity’s core offerings are delivered through two collaborative but independent delivery vehicles:
Evidence based Advocacy – Developing new policy propositions and solutions supported by evidence-based research, stimulating debate and innovation through events, publications, projects and discussions with diverse stakeholders including the general public.
Innovation Investment Fund – In pursuance of FCC’s charitable mission, the charity will deploy its resources to identify and support innovation through the launch of a dedicated investment fund. The fund will invest in early stage technology based health and care entities with high societal benefit.
Legally structured as a charity, FCC intends to operate as a dynamic, agile and commercially aware organisation: a true social enterprise.