Scott Fissenden, Change and Improvement Manager talks about how Fife has been preparing for the Carers’ Act coming into force.

During January and February Fife’s Health & Social Care Partnership was consulting with carers before the introduction of the new Carer Act.  The Act came into life from 1st April 2018 and introduces a range of new duties designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable.  The consultation gave carers the chance to share their views about what makes a difference to them in their caring role and what supports we should invest in.

Thank you to everyone who participated in the consultation.  There were 258 responses received.  Some of the key themes and priorities that emerged were:

  • Providing easy to access information so carers have the means to make decisions about to fit caring in with their other personal priorities.
  • Improving the consistency and speed of information from professionals to support caring and improving communications between professionals.
  • Help for carers to make plans for their future and also for carer emergencies.
  • To be more involved in decisions affecting caring and the person the carers care for particularly in advance to being discharged from hospital.
  • Having a greater role for advocates particularly from within the third sector.

We are now in the process of developing a Fife Carers Strategy and an action plan for improvement over the next few years.  We will keep people up to date on our progress through www.fifehealthandsocialcare.org