• Claire Cook

#45 | Results from 14th March

Here are the results from yesterday’s Mobilise Moments poll.

How would you rate the support you receive from your GP and local NHS services?

With a score of "1" being 'I receive no support' and "5" "I feel fully supported'. We're seeing almost an arch of support levels received, with the slight bias on the negative.

The bias on average to low/no support, may be a reflection of life through lockdown, when let's face it, support has been harder to come by. Or this may be something longer-term.

It's worth noting, that while this may be a somewhat underwhelming snapshot of the support we receive. Our GP and local NHS services have significantly outperformed the level of support we feel we receive from our Local Council.* We're left to ponder why, and it's something we can explore further.

(*Mobilise Moments #43)

It's encouraging to see that a third of us feel well or fully supported. Unfortunately this is mirrored at the other end of the spectrum, with little to no support.

It's also important to remember that both our GP and NHS services should be able to to better support us, once we're identified as a carer. Support varies (and sometimes it might take pointing out or chasing!), but can include:

  • A Carers' Assessment (we have a legal right to request one).

  • Invitation to an annual flu vaccination.

  • In some cases, longer appointments or flexibility on time offered

  • Signposting to other support services.

  • A care plan, when our cared-for are discharged from hospital. Including our choice as to whether we wish to continue/start caring, how much care we can personally give and the support we might need - as determined through a Carers' Assessment. Carers UK have a helpful page on this.

So if we haven't yet registered as a carer with our GP, it's really simple to do so. Most GP surgeries have a form on their website, or you can pick up a hard copy from the surgery.

Get support in your caring role, contact your local carer centre. Find out who is closest using this nifty tool from the Carers Trust.

If you were forwarded this page and you look after someone, you might like to contribute to a better understanding of unpaid carers. Sign-up for free to take part in Mobilise Moments today.