Covid19: Support and Guidance for Carers
Issue 7 of “Covid19: Support and guidance for carers” has been published. New/updated content in this issue is mainly focused on the new three level risk alert model which Leeds along with the rest of West Yorkshire, has been placed in the “high” alert level. View or downloaded here
Not everyone realises that “in looking after somebody” they have become a carer.
A carer is someone who, without payment, cares for a friend, family member, neighbour, or in fact anybody who could not manage without their help. This could be due to age, physical or mental health issues, substance misuse or disability.
Carers come from all walks of life, can be all ages and are in different caring situations; often they have other commitments such as work, family and study. We value the important role that carers play and know that being a carer can sometimes be difficult, demanding, both physically and emotionally, and isolating.
The Leeds Teaching Hospitals welcome applicants with lived experience of providing unpaid care and/or support to a family member or friend with a disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care needs.
If you care for other people you may be worried about how to ensure care for those who rely on you – either your dependants at home or others that you regularly visit. Let your local authority know if you provide care, or support someone you don’t live with.
How to identify working carers
Identifying and supporting working carers, particularly with the additional pressures of responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, is a key focus of the NHS England & Improvement and Employers for Carers campaign to highlight the Working Carers Passport scheme. To support this initiative two new competencies, which can be assigned to employees either by themselves, by managers or their HR team, have been added to ESR. Using competencies allows us to very quickly utilise existing functionality to enable employees to identify as a working carer or a holder of a working carer passport. Managers and HR teams can then work to ensure the support needed is available to them.
Click here to find out how to add the competency to ESR
A Carer Passport provides a way for you to explain to your manager about your situation so they understand the flexibility you need. Then if you change manager or team, the Carer Passport provides a straightforward way to carry that flexibility and support into your next role, without having to repeat the same conversations.
A Carer Passport is a discussion about flexibility. This conversation will generally involve balancing the needs of the individual with the needs of the business.
If you are a carer please contact Alison Munro on email: leedsth-tr.HealthandWellbeing@nhs.net
CARERS SUPPORT AND TRAINING
To access the training you will need to create an account with Employers for Carers (EFC) Digital. The membership code is #DGTL8267
MANAGERS SUPPORT AND TRAINING
Employers for Carers E Learning for Managers
An E learning training session for managers run by Employers for Carers can now be directly accessed through ESR. Just type carers into the learning search bar and it will be there (see screen shot). Great for training our managers on working carers and how they can support them.
To access the other training you will need to create an account with Employers for Carers (EFC) Digital. The membership code is #DGTL8267
EMPLOYERS FOR CARERS
Employers for Carers (EfC) has a lot of useful information to support employers who are committed to supporting working carers and is backed-up by the specialist knowledge of Carers UK. The key purpose is to ensure that employers have the support to retain and manage employees with caring responsibilities.
Carers Leeds Staff based in the hospitals:
Hospital Dementia Carer Support Worker
07854 481 024
Hospital Liaison Support Worker
07495 263 821
My Covid 19 Discharge Toolkit
This toolkit is for anyone who is looking after someone with Covid 19 who has been discharged from hospital. The document has a range of resources and support to help both carers and their loved ones to stay well and manage their health and wellbeing. The toolkit can be found here.
Please find more information about support for carers on the following pages:
Support for families caring for someone with Dementia
We know this is a worrying time for families looking after someone with Dementia. Dementia UK have created a hub on their website with a range of advice about COVID-19 and how to look after someone with dementia during this time.
Useful resources can be found HERE.
A Dementia Carer Resource pack from LYPFT can be found here