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Preventing Crisis for Carers

The Moffat Programme

The Moffat Project was a joint project between The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland (part of Carers Trust), local Carers’ Centres, health and social care professionals.

It aimed to:

  • get support for carers at an early stage
  • advise carers of their rights and offer them a carer’s assessment
  • reduce the pressure on carers’ own health
  • get carers involved in discharge planning
  • train health and social care professionals in carer awareness.
    Named after the Moffat Charitable Trust which supplied the funding for the initiative, the project sent carer support workers into hospitals and social work departments. Workers helped identify new carers, directed them to sources of support and trained health care professionals in carer awareness.

The people involved in the Moffat Project (health professionals, Carers’ Centre staff and volunteers) talk about their experiences here:

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What happened?
As a result of the project, which was also called Preventing Crisis for Carers, almost 3,000 new carers were identified and more than 3,500 health and social care professionals trained in carer awareness.

An independent evaluation of the project by Glasgow Caledonian University found that the Moffat Project resulted in many improvements in hospitals:

  • professionals were more likely to identify carers at an early stage and put support for them in place at an earlier stage
  • there were changes to ways of working which benefited carers
  • carers reported feeling that professionals had more recognition of their expertise in caring and understood their needs as a carer
  • carers felt more able to have a say in shaping the services they, or the person they cared for, received
  • carers were provided with more information ,such as being told of their right to a carer’s assessment.

The evaluation recommended that funding for carer support workers in hospitals continues and that carer awareness training should be mandatory for all healthcare professionals.

A copy of the final evaluation report is available here. (1.9 MB)

A copy of the summary report is available here (2.2 MB)

What was the Project About?

The project was made up of four individual pilot projects operating in four NHS board areas in Scotland. Each pilot site used the knowledge and experience of local carer organisations and promoted partnership work between the local Carers' Centres, health and social care professionals to identify carers early on in their caring role.

The good ways of working and protocols developed by this programme aimed to ensure that all carers who came into contact with health were:

  • Identified as carers
  • Signposted to local advice
  • Made aware of their rights and could access appropriate support to help them with their caring responsibilities.

The Pilot Sites

The four NHS board areas covered by the Moffat pilots were NHS Ayrshire and Arran, NHS Borders, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lothian. Local Carers' Centres led the pilot work in partnership with local health and social care professionals.

Moffat Year 1 Progress Report

Report detailing performance in relation to Year 1 work plan.
Overall Moffat Progress Report Year 1 (318 KB)

Articles

MS Connect Article (154 KB)
Spinal Injuries Scotland Autumn 2009 Newsline 6 (98 KB)

The Moffat Programme was made possible by the generous support given to Carers Trust (known as The Princess Royal Trust for Carers in Scotland) by The Moffat Charitable Trust. Jamie Moffat, Chairman, says: ‘I am delighted that we are able to fund a groundbreaking project with potentially universal application. Carers will be supported from the moment that the person they care for is discharged from hospital and the person being cared for will benefit from having a carer who is more able to cope with them at home. With 600,000 carers in Scotland alone, the benefits to the community are obvious.’_

Read more about the Moffat Programme here:

The Edinburgh Evening News/Scotsman
The NHS online website
MS Connect Article (154 KB)
Spinal Injuries Scotland Newsline 6 (98 KB)

_The Moffat Programme was made possible by the generous support given to Carers Trust by
The Moffat Charitable Trust. Jamie Moffat, from the Moffat Charitable Trust, said: “Carers play a vital role in society, which was why I was happy to support the project. I’m delighted that the work identified so many carers and put them on the path to further help and support. I’m also pleased that so many health and social care workers took part in carer awareness training as this will hopefully benefit carers for years to come.”_