Young Carers Forum Summary Report, Leicester

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In March 2017 the partnership organisations involved in this work invited representatives from each of the city’s seven young carers’ groups (aged 12-18) and from the city’s Young Adult Carers’ group (aged 16-20) to meet three times during February to May 2017 with a final session being held to film young carers sharing their key issues and messages from the work undertaken. This report provides an overview of the people involved in the forum, how the forum was managed and information distributed, recommendations for professionals as well as young carers as well as providing final outcomes The young carers were advised that the outcomes of their work would be used as a training and awareness tool for Practitioners and Managers in the local area and uploaded onto member websites and social media. The Forum was asked to work on the following priorities with a view to influencing service development and delivery: • Their experiences of Whole Family Working and associated key messages. • Their experiences of engaging with Primary Care and associated key messages. Outcomes: • Young carers and young adult carers in Leicester were given the opportunity to have a voice and to influence local policy makers, commissioners and providers. • Young carers reported feeling skilled and empowered to speak up about issues which affect their lives and those of their family. • Young carers have been inspired to work together beyond the life of the Healthwatch funded project to drive forward other work they wish to pursue in order to enable more young carers to be identified and supported in Leicester. • Young carers will leave a legacy that will be used to influence decision makers after the life of the project.

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General details

Report title 
Young Carers Forum Summary Report, Leicester
Local Healthwatch 
Healthwatch Leicester
Date of publication 
Thursday, 1 June, 2017
Date evidence capture began 
Wednesday, 1 February, 2017
Date evidence capture finished 
Monday, 1 May, 2017
Type of report 
Patient experience
Key themes 
Communication between staff and patients
Health inequalities
Holistic support
Lifestyle and wellbeing
Quality of care
Service closure
Other information of note about this report 
Young Carers
Healthwatch reference number 

Methodology and approach

Primary research method used 
Focus group
How was the information collected? 
Engagement Event

Details of health and care services included in the report

Primary care services 
GP practice
Health visitor
Secondary care services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Mental health services 
Child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
Mental health crisis service
Social care services 
Adult social care
Community services 
Community healthcare and nursing services

Details about conditions and diseases

Types of long term conditions 
Not known

Details of people who shared their views

Number of people who shared their views 
Age group 
All people 18 and over
Sexual orientation 
Not known
Does the information include public's views? 
Does the information include carer's, friend's or relative's views? 
Does the information include staff's views? 
Does the information include other people's views? 
What was the main sentiment of the people who shared their views? 

Outcomes and impact

Were recommendations made by local Healthwatch in the report? 
Does the information contain a response from a provider? 
Is there evidence of impact in the report? 
Is there evidence of impact external to the report? 
Not known

Network Impact
Relationships that exist locally, regionally, nationally have benefited from the work undertaken in the report
Implied Impact
Where it is implied that change may occur in the future as a result of Healthwatch work. This can be implied in a provider  response, press release or other source. Implied impact can become tangible impact once change has occurred.
Tangible Impact
There is evidence of change that can be directly attributed to Healthwatch work undertaken in the report.