Low-cost Carers Holidays

Carers Holidays

Carers Support Centre provides low-cost holidays for carers and their families. Carers have needs of their own – and a short break can help them to re-energise and support them to continue in their vital caring role. Holidays have a positive impact on the overall health and wellbeing of carers.

Carers Support Centre has holiday homes located at Hoburne Holiday Parks in Torbay and the Cotswolds. The holidays offer:

  • Wheelchair friendly access in two holiday homes on each site
  • Fully equipped caravans
  • Scenic surroundings
  • Good site facilities
  • Free access to on-site entertainment and activities for all ages
  • Great local tourist attractions

Contact Carers Holidays: 0117 965 2365

Website: www.carersholidays.org.uk/

Substance Misuse Clinical Reference Group – Have your Say!

Recently Wandsworth Carers Centre has secured representation at the Wandsworth Substance Misuse Clinical Reference Group (CRG).

The CRG is a group made up of professionals, Carer and Service User representatives, designed to “oversee the development and delivery of a range of drug, alcohol and addiction services specific to the needs of the Wandsworth population”

Clara Zethraeus Substance Misuse Project Worker, and a Carer Representative will attend the meeting to feed back experiences and views of Carers and family members. Your current Carer Representative is Liz Martin. 

The role of the Carer Rep is to represent your views and interests, so that substance misuse and primary care services develop to provide a responsive and supportive service for Carers, as well as for those they are caring for.

The CRG feeds directly into the Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) which is responsible for commissioning or ‘buying’ healthcare services in Wandsworth.

So…. we want to hear from you!

Have you been in contact with drug and alcohol services, or your GP practice?

Did you find the service helpful, or could they have done more to support you or your loved one?

Is there more you need from services? Do you have any suggestions for how they could improve?

This is a great opportunity to let decision makers know how services could improve for Carers and family members.

All of your thoughts and experiences are welcome- both good and bad. Issues will be raised anonymously, no names or personal details will be used.

To raise issues, feedback experiences, or to find out more please contact Clara on 020 8675 0811, or email clara@wandsworthcarerscentre.org.uk

If you are also interested in using your experience to represent Substance Misuse Carers in Wandsworth, please get in touch with Clara to discuss opportunities.

The PACT LES – what is it?

PACT LES stands for Planning All Care Together Local Enhanced Service Agreement. The PACT LES is a way that local commissioners can encourage and incentivise GPs to focus more time on particular cohorts of patients – and Carers are one of the cohorts being targeted in the PACT LES 2013/14.

GPs in Wandsworth are now providing an annual 30-minute Carer Consultation for Carers on their Carers Register.

In the Carer consultation the GP is expected to collect and record information about the caring role, do a health check, consider the support a Carer may need, and give information, refer or signpost to any to further services that the Carer needs. As well as doing Carer consultations, practices also have to have a named GP Carer Lead and update and maintain their Carers Register. Please help your GP practice to help you by making sure that they know you are a Carer and checking that your name is on their Carers Register.

Getting the most when you visit your GP surgery?

To support the recognition and registration of Carers, West Wandsworth GPs have produced a card with self-management tools (you may remember we told you it was being developed in the February/March Bulletin).

As the title suggests, the idea of the card is to help service users to get the most out of a surgery visit. It is also to encourage Carers to step forward and be recognised.

Look out for the cards at your practice or pick one up from the Wandsworth Carers’ Centre.

Local GPs Support for Carers

GP Carers’ Month Challenge

The Danebury Avenue Surgery in SW15 is the winner of our challenge to be the practice to refer the most Carers to the Wandsworth Carers’ Centre during June.

GP Dr Neil Browning from the practice who is a regular referrer to the Centre shares their reasons why;

“I refer to Wandsworth Carers Centre because the broad based support services at the Centre complement the support to Carers that I can provide at the practice. It’s quick and easy to refer and because the Carers’ Centre supports all adult Carers in Wandsworth I don’t have to remember lots of different places to refer Carers to.”

Thank you and well done Danebury!


Carers Week Displays

We are also pleased to report that a number of practices put up displays to tell Carers about Carers Week activities and to encourage Carers to identify themselves to the practice.

Practice Manager Bev Atkins from the Greyswood Practice in SW16 said, “At Greyswood Practice we are renewing our efforts to identify Carers who are registered with us so that we can support them better. We were delighted to be able to help to publicise all the great events the Carers’ Centre put on for Carers Week 2013. We have now set up a permanent Carers board and made other changes to help us to identify more Carers” .

Thanks for your support!

A winning display from Greyswood Practice promoting carers' week
A winning display from Greyswood Practice promoting Carers’ Week

Caring About Carers’ Award 2013

Does your GP care about Carers? Nominations for Caring About Carers Awards 2013 are now open!

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), in partnership with Carers Trust and Carers UK, is looking to find GPs who provide the best support to unpaid carers.

Nominate your GP or surgery for this special award by telling:

  • your name, address and telephone number
  • your doctor’s name and surgery contact details
  • how they support you in your caring role.


Post your letter to:
Caring about Carers Award 2013
Royal College of General Practitioners
Suite 3, Fosse House, East Anton CourtIcknield Way, Andover, SP10 5RG

Or you can email: