Are you caring for someone and feel emotionally or physically overwhelmed?
This service is available to carers that are registered with a GP surgery within the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group.
Not sure if your covered? Check to see if you’re surgery is included – click here. Please note, that Hertfordshire Practices (Barley Surgery, Roysia Surgery and Royston Health Centre) are not covered by this service.
Would you like to know:
- Your rights?
- About benefits you could be entitled to?
- What’s available to support you?
- What’s available to support the person you care for?
How to access support
A Family Carers’ Prescription will give you access to a specialist worker at Carers Trust Cambridgeshire who will discuss options available to you, support you to access them and give you an information pack.
Would you like to take a break?
A Family Carers’ Prescription will give you access to a specialist worker at Carers Trust Cambridgeshire who will help you design a short break that works for you and they will also provide support for this break to happen. You help decide what gives you a break – it may be assistance going out with the person you care for, someone being with the person you care for whilst you do something or it could be something else.
How to get a prescription
Go to your surgery or ask for a telephone appointment with your Doctor to briefly explain your circumstances. The service is also designed to respond quickly to urgent need.
Your Doctor will agree the prescription and contact Carers Trust Cambridgeshire. The surgery will record you are a family carer so that they can support you appropriately in the future. If you do not get a response from your GP please let us know and we will follow up on your behalf.
Carers Trust Cambridgeshire will respond quickly and provide the information service and an agreed break if you choose, without any charge to you.
- Download the Cambridgeshire Family Carers’ Prescription leaflet
- Download the Peterborough Family Carers’ Prescription leaflet
The Family Carers’ Prescription leaflet is also available in the following languages:
Are you a GP or work in a surgery and want to know more?
Click here (password protected) to download the GP Toolkit, resources for your Carer’s noticeboard, staff training and project updates.
If you don’t have the password, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Carer Services Prescription, developed by Carers Trust Cambridgeshire in partnership with NHS Cambridgeshire and GPs, was recognised in the 2012 Charity Awards and awarded the Effectiveness Award. Pictured at the awards at Grosvenor House Hotel in London on June 14 2012 are Chief Executive Helen Brown, Emma Pearson and Board of Directors Chair Margaret Pearce Higgins.
The Charity Awards, organised by Civil Society Media, recognised Carers Trust Cambridgeshire for developing GP Carers Services Prescription in partnership with NHS Cambridgeshire and GPs. The innovative scheme improves carer recognition within GP surgeries and offers information or a break for carers of any age, including young carers.
Royal College of General Practitioners
“Carers often neglect their own healthcare needs and in many cases it is only a matter of time before they become ill. Most people visit their GP surgery, either for their own health or while looking after the person they care for, so we can play a crucial role.”
Dr Clare Gerada, Chair RCGP