Cllr Colleen Atkins, Executive Member for Adult Services at Bedford Borough Council, urges family carers to attend the Bedford Carers’ Forum on Thursday 27 March 2014, Harpur Suite, Bedford 2– 4pm. This meeting will focus on GPs and how they can support carers.
At the meeting, Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will give a short presentation on the support GPs should offer carers and the reasons why carers are encouraged to inform their GP of their caring role.
The information gathered will be fed back to the CCG and used to help change the support and services they provide. The forum will also provide the opportunity for carers to meet and support each other.
Cllr Colleen Atkins, said: “We value the help and support that carers give to their loved ones. GPs and GP Practices can provide carers with important support, advice and information. We want carers to know what support they should be offered by their GPs and for GPs to learn how they can improve their services.”
A family carer is anyone, of any age, who as a part of their normal life, offers help and support to a relative or friend who is dependent on them.