Carers Week celebrates and recognises the vital contribution of carers.
There are an estimated 788,000 people in Scotland who are caring for a relative, friend or neighbour. Forty four thousand of those carers are under the age of 18. One in 10 of us is already fulfilling some sort of caring role and three out of five of us will become carers at some stage in our lives.
Supporting carer health and wellbeing is the focus of Carers Week this year and there are many events throughout the country to celebrate and recognise carers. Raising awareness of carers and promoting and supporting carer health and wellbeing is consistent with a personal outcomes approach.
The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 which came into effect on 1 April 2018 introduces a number of provisions to help identify and support carers. It is one of a range of initiatives and programmes to support carers and the people they care for, including transformation of primary care, reform of adult social care and the new social security system.
Personal outcomes: resources to support you in your role
A personal outcomes approach means focusing on the things that are important to people in their lives. Work to support personal outcomes in practice across organisations and communities has been underway for many years in Scotland. Personal outcomes are also embedded in the National Health and Wellbeing outcomes which are reflected in Scotland’s new Health and Social Care Standards.
We will shortly launch a suite of personal outcomes focused resources to support workers and organisations to share, further develop and embed personal outcomes approaches in practice. The resources have been co-designed with a wide range of partners including carers.
We are connecting with colleagues in local areas to coordinate local personal outcomes resources launch sessions.
One of these resources is an ebook which focuses on personal outcomes and enabling conversations to meet the requirements of the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 for carer support planning, building connections with self-directed support and anticipatory care planning. Another resource is our new personal outcomes booklet.
For more information on the personal outcomes resources and to request copies of the personal outcomes booklet please contact firstname.lastname@example.org We would also be delighted to hear your ideas for how we can work together on local launch sessions.
Share your Carers Week event
The SSSC Workforce Development and Planning Yammer Network is a great way to share information on your Carers Week event. You can use Yammer to share stories, gather information, network, ask questions and find solutions together.
The network provides an opportunity for people, from across all sectors, to have conversations on topics and areas which interest them. All you need is your email address to join the network here.
More than 1,000 colleagues working in a wide range of settings and organisations are already connecting and sharing learning and ideas through the network.