The GP Accreditation Scheme was collaboratively developed and has been running since 2015. It was recognised that for many carers GP surgeries are often the first point of contact, in developing relationships and providing resources and signposting opportunities. As part of the scheme GP surgeries, across Cardiff and the Vale are asked to nominate a Carers Champion to liaise with the Patient Experiences' Carers Lead and Information and Support Centre Manager/Macmillan Facilitator.
The commitment of the Carers Champion, along with their wider teams, is to raise awareness of unpaid carers ensuring that they are being identified as early as possible. Early identification means that unpaid carers can be supported and made aware of the services they can access, before they reach breaking point.
Existing champions have become an expert resource within their practices and are supported to be able to identify, support and signpost carers appropriately.
The GP Carers Accreditation Scheme has two levels - bronze and silver and GP Practices are asked to provide evidence against criteria in 5 themes. These are:
If a GP practice is involved in the Accreditation and has received a bronze level award, they will have a carers board in place. This board will contain the name of the Carers Champion along with other useful information for unpaid carers.
Some GP Practices are in the early stages of the accreditation so may not have their carers board in place just yet. If you cannot see a carers board please just ask at reception if the practice has a carers champion.
If your practice is not involved in the accreditation, but would like to be, they can contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Brynderwen Surgery, Cardiff
Cloughmore Medical Centre, Cardiff
Llan Healthcare (Wellbeing Hub @ Maelfa), Cardiff
Practice of Health, Vale of Glamorgan
St Isan Road Surgery, Cardiff
Sully Surgery, Vale of Glamorgan