Every day, thousands of people across the county provide unpaid care for someone who matters to them.
Staffordshire County Council and the NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Staffordshire have put together a draft strategy for carers, which sets out our priorities. We would like to hear from carers and professionals what they think of the proposed strategy, and if there is anything else we need to consider.
The responses that people give us through this survey will remain anonymous. They will help to decide priorities for carers’ services in Staffordshire. This is a great opportunity for people to make their views known, help all agencies involved with carers to identify what works well, and what potentially could be done better.
We have developed two questionnaires; one for carers here and one for professionals and other stakeholders here. The questions are straightforward, and the survey only takes a few minutes to complete. The survey will be open until July 22, to give people the best opportunity to respond.
We have also organised a number of local drop-in sessions in May for carers and professionals to attend so they can give us their views. There is no need to book. Details can be found here: www.staffordshire.gov.uk/carers
We want to reach as many carers, young carers and professionals as possible, so I would be grateful if you could share the links to these surveys with your networks and encourage them to respond. Please could the email also be cascaded to Patient Participation Groups, CCG Executive, GPs, walk-in centres and Pharmacies. We want to be sure we are getting the fullest picture we can of the caring experience in Staffordshire, which will help us and other organisations to work better together.