A key strand of the Preventing Crisis for Carers programme was sharing the approaches and best practice being developed by the pilot sites. Although the conference was held at the end of 2008, the findings are still of relevance today and continue to influence practice.
The one day conference gave health, social work and voluntary sector practitioners the opportunity to highlight and share models of good practice and joint work which are effective in the early identification and support for carers.
A carers journey
Florence Burke (Director for Scotland, Carers Trust Scotland) set the context for the day by looking at a carer’s journey - considering who carers are and the impact of caring - in addition to providing the background to the Moffat Trust funded Preventing Crisis for Carers programme.
Representatives from Glasgow Caledonian University, who were undertaking the monitoring and evaluation of the programme, reported on the baseline findings from the on-going evaluation - looking at the over-all complexity, the evaluation methods employed and some early indications from the work of the programme.
The Scottish Government’s Minister for Public Health at the time spoke to the conference about the Scottish Government’s commitment to carers and the legislation that was is in place to underpin this.
Delegates were provided with the opportunity to share in the experience from the four Moffat Programme pilot sites:
- NHS Ayrshire and Arran
- NHS Borders
- NHS Greater Glasgow
- Clyde and NHS Lothian.
Models of good practice
Delegates consided models of good practice that could be developed locally to meet the requirements laid down for carer information strategies.
For further information on how the programme has developed or to obtain copies of the presentations, please contact Carers Trust Scotland on firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 0300 123 2008.