There are an estimated 23,400 adult carers in Salford, although only 6,500 are known. Carers often need more health and social care support because they are more likely to experience ill health and isolation because they have less time to do things many people take for granted, like spending time with friends, learning opportunities and paid employment.

What you should expect from your GP practice if you are a carer:

  • Your practice will have a Carers Lead
  • There will be a carers register, which is kept up-to-date
  • All practice staff, including receptionists, will be ‘carer aware’ and have basic understanding of the available support for carers
  • If you are a carer, and not already eligible, you will be offered an annual health check
  • Your practice will have information displayed in the waiting room to help carers understand what support and information is available for them
  • You will be offered the flu vaccination every year
  • Staff will attend GP links meetings and other education/training events
  • The practice will make referrals to Salford Carers Centre so carers can be registered for information and advice
  • The practice will do a NICE screen for depression

Last reviewed March 2018.