From 1 April 2016 a new comprehensive Carer Support service will be in place in Hull that will include specialist staff to support all carers who look after patients with dementia. This will replace the service currently provided by the Admiral Nurses, who are hosted by Humber NHS Foundation Trust
Both NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Humber NHS Foundation Trust are fully committed to supporting the needs of local carers – our ambition is to improve theinformation, assessment and support services available and to make sure that we can do this for all carers in the city, but especially for those who care for people with dementia.
It is expected that demand for support for dementia carers will grow by 42% by 2030. We know that there will be many more people who are diagnosed with dementia, and their family carers, who will need support. We want to ensure that services for carers are fit for the future, and able to provide the best information, assessment and support, to many more dementia carers than the level currently supported by the Admiral Nursing service.
Admiral Nursing (a Dementia UK service) currently provides support for 77 people in Hull caring for someone with dementia. This support will continue until the commencement of the new Carer Support service in April 2016. Carers currently being supported by the Admiral Nurses have been contacted and they will continue to be supported throughout the transition period.
The new Carer Support Service will be supported by an experienced dementia practitioner. It will continue to offer the same skilled assessments of the needs of family carers.
We anticipate that there will be a number of benefits of being part of a wider service, including:
- carers can access support regardless of whether the person they care for has a diagnosis of dementia or not;
- carers will experience shorter waiting times for support;
- support will be available outside normal working hours;
- improved links with GP and community care
- It provides a ‘one stop shop’ for carers for people with long term conditions, including dementia
The CCG will incorporate the experience and feedback from dementia carers in shaping the service. Contact HULLCCG.firstname.lastname@example.org