‘Sustaining unpaid care: the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline Carers: Provision of support for adult carers, Sustainable Care

Larkin, Mary (2020). ‘Sustaining unpaid care: the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline Carers: Provision of support for adult carers, Sustainable Care. In: Sustainable Care: Challenges and Solutions for a Sustainable Future Conference,, 1-2 Apr 2020, Sheffield.

DOI: https://doi.org/2020-2-2/

Abstract

The amount and quality of support available to the 8.8 million unpaid carers varies widely across the UK. High quality and consistent support not only benefits carers’ health, wellbeing and resilience but also enhances the life of the person being supported e.g. it helps reduce hospital admissions and facilitate timely discharge.

The subject of this paper is the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guideline “Carers: provision of support for adult carers”, due for publication in January 2020. With increasing service integration, the significance of NICE recommendations on social care is now equal to that of their counterparts in in health service settings.

This guideline makes action-oriented good practice recommendations for professionals providing support that enhances the wellbeing, resilience and life experience of adult carers providing unpaid care for anyone aged over 16 with health and social care needs. Based on the best available evidence of effectiveness, including cost effectiveness, the recommendations focus on:
• helping people to recognise themselves as a carer and understand their right to information and support
• identifying and assessing carers
• providing information; practical, emotional and social support; and training
• supporting carers to remain in, start or return to work, training or education
• end of life care support

This paper will present these recommendations and stimulate discussion in the light of their implications for the sustainability of unpaid care, thereby addressing several conference themes. To promote the debate about further improvements in practice, key research recommendations made by the guideline committee will also be outlined.

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