Carers Network has new funding from the West London Clinical Commissioning Group (WLCCG) to pilot a project improving the health and well-being of unpaid carers in the Queens Park and Paddington areas of Westminster.
The aim of the project is to bridge the gap between social and health care services and enable carers to better manage their long-term health and well-being. The project will involve carers in the development of primary healthcare locally and to identify more ‘hidden’ carers with additional support needs. It is managed by the Healthy Carers Project officer who will work closely with unpaid carers, GP practice staff and voluntary sector organisations.
Carers – get involved!
Carers Network is looking to recruit and support carer volunteers who live in the Queens Park and Paddington areas of Westminster to attend Patient Participation Groups and provide feedback on health services.
Patient Participation Groups (PPGs)
The Patient Participation Groups were first commissioned by the West London Clinical Commissioning Group in April 2013 to ensure that the patient voice is heard and remains central to commissioned services at GP practice level.
Patient Participation Groups are made up of patients and members of practice staff who meet on a regular basis to decide ways and means of making a positive contribution to the services and facilities offered by their local GP practice.
Patient Participant Groups are central to how health services are designed and implemented and have brought about important changes to the provision of care. These include:
- Reducing appointment waiting times
- Encouraging practices to identify carers
- Improving communication between patients and frontline staff
Sarah Mitchell, Chief Executive of Carers Network, said: “We’re delighted that we are able to launch this exciting new project with carers in Queen’s Park and Paddington, and to be able to ensure that carers’ voices are heard in the wider community.’
If you are an unpaid carer who lives in the Queens Park or Paddington areas of Westminster and would like to get involved in your local PPG please contact Carers Network on 0208 960 3033.