Support for Northamptonshire carers set to continue

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A SERVICE supporting carers will continue for at least three years after the success of a two year pilot scheme.

The GP Carers Assessment Support Worker service (CASW), which supports people caring for someone who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or has a drug or alcohol problem, will continue after Nene Commissioning and Corby Healthcare agreed to renew its contract.

Dr Peter Wilczynski, chairman of Corby Healthcare, said: “The GP CASW service focuses on working with local GP practices because it is recognised that carers do not easily self-identify, and that staff in GP practices are in one of the best possible positions to know when someone is, or is about to become, a carer.”

After initially working with just 23 practices in 2010, CASW was rolled out across the county in 2011.

Dr Darin Seiger, chairman of Nene Commissioning, said: “One in ten people are carers and it is estimated that carers in Northamptonshire provide around £599m unpaid care every year.”

Director of Northamptonshire Carers Mark Major, said: “In the short time since the service was launched it has made a real difference to the lives of carers across Northamptonshire.”