Summary of report contentThis report summarises Healthwatch Slough's engagement from 'A Call to Action' in Autumn 2017, along with general intelligence gathered from carers over that year. Healthwatch Slough created a survey that was designed to gather free text responses, but did not collect demographic data so the report captures the voice and views of the carer but does not report on age, gender, ethnicity, or which area of Slough the carer lives in. The survey asked how well supported carers felt, what difference the support made to their caring role, what were the biggest challenges and concerns and, what new or additional support would carers appreciate. The report provides an overview of, and signposting to, the support currently available to carers in Slough including an excerpt from the Slough Carers Strategy 2016-17. It also provides a brief note about Carers Assessments. The overall findings were that, even though there appears to be a number of initiatives aimed at providing support to carers, just over half of the 65 respondents to the survey reported feeling poorly supported. The report made 7 recommendations mainly to do with communicating better with carers around both what is available, and what would be beneficial for them. The report and the recommendations have been shared with all partner organisations signed up to the Slough Carers Memorandum of Understanding and the Carers Partnership Board. The aspiration of Healthwatch Slough is to encourage those partners to work together to improve the lives of carers. The Partnership Board have agreed to set up a number of task and finish groups to explore issues raised in the report.
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What it is like to be a Carer in Slough
Date of publication
Sunday, 4 November, 2018
Date evidence capture began
Friday, 1 September, 2017
Date evidence capture finished
Thursday, 30 November, 2017
Type of report
Communication between staff and patients
Cost of services
Integration of services
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Other information of note about this report
Healthwatch reference number
Was the work undertaken at the request of another organisation?
Primary research method used
How was the information collected?
Primary care services
Number of people who shared their views
All people 18 and over
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views?
Types of health and care professionals engaged
Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report?
Does the information contain a response from a provider?
Yes action has been taken or promised
Is there evidence of impact in the report?
What type of impact was determined?