Supporting carers who care for family and friends

New guidance has been produced by NHS England for unpaid working carers in the NHS at the time of Covid-19 and beyond.

Unpaid carers can be identified by asking this simple question: “Do you provide unpaid care and support to a family member or friend due to their disability, health condition, frailty, mental health problem, addiction or other health and care need?” If the answer is ‘yes’ to this question, they are a carer.

Carers UK estimates that some 250,000 NHS staff – that is one in five – have caring responsibilities. Many of these will be in the 45-64 age range, the peak age for caring, and therefore will be some of our most skilled and experienced staff. 

It is vital that health and care staff who are also carers for family and friends are supported at this time. For guidance on supporting carers, please see the information for organisations and information for individuals.