Carer Support Wiltshire are pleased to have been awarded funding by NHS England & Improvement via NHS Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire CCG, to carry out research into the effect of the pandemic on people who care for someone.
The research will look specifically at the changes in how primary care services were delivered during the pandemic and how this affected unpaid carers, both positively or negatively.
If you look after someone, Carer Support Wiltshire would love your input into the research. You can complete the survey by following this link.
The charity would also like to hear any direct feedback from people who care for someone who would like to share their experiences with GP surgeries during the pandemic. The closing date for the survey is 4 March.
Judy Walker, Chief Executive of Carer Support Wiltshire said:
“We’re delighted to have been chosen to input into this important piece of work. This is a welcome opportunity to communicate the experiences of unpaid carers directly to NHS England & Improvement.
“We have heard of many innovative approaches developed by local GP practices and this funding will help to evaluate and then communicate best practice for wider benefit in the future. It will also help to highlight specific concerns and problems some members of our community may have had accessing support during the pandemic.”
The Commitment to Carers Programme team of NHS England & Improvement want to evaluate a number of issues around the Covid Pandemic response, including the uptake of vaccinations, impact of isolation and what new services have been developed and introduced.
Unpaid carers who’d like to take part in the survey can do so online by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/GP-revised-working or by calling 0800 181 4118 and we can take responses over the phone.