West Dunbartonshire is pleased to present our draft “Getting it Right for Every Carer Strategy”, refresh for 2018, which has been developed in full recognition of the role and contribution carers make, not only to the person they support and to our communities. Our support and appreciation for carers and young carers in West Dunbartonshire is fundamental to ensuring that those in need of care receive it when required.

The Carers (Scotland) Act was passed on 4th February 2016. It gained Royal Assent on 9th March 2016. The implementation of the provisions in the Carers Act - which are designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing - will commence on 1st April 2018; and build on the aims and objectives set out in the National Carers and Young Carers Strategy 2010-2015.

The Act covers a range of areas relating to supporting carers including a number of new duties and requirements which impact on the Integration Joint Boards (IJBs) – i.e. the Act:

  • Changes the definition of a carer to “an individual who provides or intends to provide care for another individual”.
  • Gives IJBs a duty to prepare an adult care support plan (ACSP) or young carer statement (YCS) for anyone they identify as a carer, or for any carer who requests one. The ACSP and YCS replace the existing Carer Assessment.
  • Gives IJBs a duty to provide support to carers that meet local eligibility criteria.
  • Requires IJBs to involve carers in carers’ services.
  • Requires IJBs to establish and maintain advice and information services for carers.
  • Introduces the requirement for a timescale for preparing a support plan for the carer of a terminally ill person.
  • Provides a joint duty for both health boards and local authorities to create local carer strategies.
  • Introduces the requirement for carers to be involved in the hospital discharge procedures of the person they care for.
  • Provides a requirement for an adult carer support plan or young carer statement to include emergency plans.
  • Provides a requirement that the IJBs when determining whether to provide support to a carer, must consider whether the support should take the form of or include a break from caring.
  • Provides a requirement for Scottish Ministers to prepare a Carers Charter.

To support all carers, West Dunbartonshire HSCP focuses on encouraging all partners to identify carers, assess their needs and ensure that supports are provided and that enhanced and targeted services meet the needs of the most vulnerable carers in West Dunbartonshire.

This update of the local Carers Strategy follows a year of preparation for the new Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 and engagement events with carers, partners and wider stakeholders. The year ended with a Carers Co-Production Event at the end of November where we listened to carers, asking them to help us shape, plan and deliver local services; hosted jointly by the Health and Social Care Partnership, Carers of West Dunbartonshire, Y Sort it and West Dunbartonshire CVS chaired by Beth Culshaw, Chief Officer of HSCP and Marie McNair Chair of the HSCP Board.

The Health and Social Care Partnership knows carers have unique experience and knowledge of the person they care for and we are keen to draw on this knowledge to better shape local services. The vision for the provision of carers’ services across West Dunbartonshire is to provide and commission services that improve the outcomes for carers and young carers who live in West Dunbartonshire.

If you have any comments on this strategy or on carers’ issues please send to Wendy Jack, Interim Head of Strategy, Planning and Health Improvement, West Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership, Planning and Improvement Section, 3rd Floor, Aurora House, 3 Aurora Avenue, Clydebank, G81 1BF.

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