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Supporting unpaid carers in the workforce

Posted onPosted on 4th Jun

Nottinghamshire Carers Association (NCA) has been working with Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to support unpaid carers in its workforce.

It is part of Carers Week, which runs from 7th to 11th June, and by signing the association’s Carers Pledge the Trust has committed to acknowledge and support informal carers within the organisation, nominate a Carers Champion, review policies and procedures to ensure they are inclusive of carers and communicate the support available throughout the organisation.

Carers Week is an annual awareness campaign that celebrates and recognises the vital contribution of the UK’s unpaid carers – supporting family members and friends who are older, have a disability, mental or physical illness or need extra help as they grow older. This year’s theme is ‘Making Caring Visible and Valued’.

Sherwood Forest Hospitals Chief Nurse Julie Hogg (pictured) said: “We are really proud to be working in partnership with Nottinghamshire Carers Association to help provide support for colleagues who are unpaid carers.

“We are today committing to caring for these colleagues and providing them with the support and understanding that they need. We look forward to working with NCA to see what more we can do to support our colleagues to ensure that the right level of support is given across our workforce.”

NCA works with health and social care professionals, schools, GPs and local organisations to raise awareness of unpaid carers, and to promote the Carers Hub service Tu Vida across the county.

The Carers in Employment initiative aims to support and encourage organisations to retain those staff who, due to their unpaid caring responsibilities, are at risk of leaving the workforce as a result of stress, ill health, lack of understanding and/or simply lack of time.

Any employer in Nottinghamshire wanting to know more about the Carers in Employment initiative should contact