In 2015 it was estimated that Unpaid Carers provide £132 billion of support to vulnerable people in the UK. The numbers of people caring, and the amount of care being provided has increased significantly during the pandemic. It is accepted that Adult Social Care and Health could not meet the needs of service users (physically or financially) in our community if Unpaid Carers did not continue within their roles.
The past 18 months has reinforced the importance of Unpaid Carers but also highlighted areas where improvement is needed. As such, we know we need to change our offer. This report details the challenges Carers face and the activities we are undertaking operationally and in commissioning to transform our internal offer to Carers.