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Recognising Carers Contribution to the NHS this Carer’s Week

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It is important to encourage providers, patients and the community to recognise the daily contribution carers make to our health system. The focus on Carers Week this year is to encourage everyone to think about how they can better support carers to stay healthy and connected.

Dr Jonty Heaversedge of NHS Southwark CCG said: "The reality of the situation is that we are all living longer and that brings its own challenges in terms of deteriorating health. There is a steady growth in long-term conditions, such as COPD, diabetes and heart disease as well as dementia.

"Our focus is primarily on the patient and so it is important to take a moment to recognise the carers in our community supporting these patients with long term illness and encourage them to be healthy, remain connected and seek support when needed."

This carers week it is important that we raise awareness for the hard work and dedication of carers in south east London and check in on those we know who are caring for someone else.

Find out how we can help carers to stay healthy and connected and take the pledge here.

For more information on Carers' breaks and respite visit us here

To find carer services please visit NHS Choices here

For the NHS Carers toolkit please visit us here