Online resource will assist Scotland-based GPs in helping carers

RCGP Scotland has produced a resource to help GPs support carers, who now make up 14 per cent of all registered patients.

Sue Kinsey: carers in Scotland lack support
Sue Kinsey: carers in Scotland lack support

The national Carers Resource is designed to be held on a practice’s IT system and comes with a supporting website for GPs and carers.

RCGP Scotland’s P3 patient group produced the resource in partnership with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the Scottish government.

P3 chair Sue Kinsey said an estimated 1 in 8 people in Scotland were unpaid carers.

‘Many of them are young carers and often do not receive support or recognition of their crucial role.

‘This resource has the potential to make a tangible difference to the lives of many carers living in Scotland and to the GPs who serve them.’

The guidance will help GPs to identify carers, offer practical support, and treat them as equal partners in the care of the patient, said Ms Kinsey

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