UK Carers

Cancer And Caring: The Devastating Effect Caring For A Parent With Cancer - As Well As Children - Can Have On Families Affected By A Cancer Diagnosis

Lynda Thomas | Posted 02.10.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lynda Thomas

It can be tough being a parent sometimes, but when you're looking after your children while also caring for a parent who has been diagnosed with cancer it can be much harder. As Chief Executive of Macmillan Cancer Support, I often meet people in this situation

Can Brexit Make Social Care Great Again?

Marek Sacha | Posted 30.09.2016 | UK
Marek Sacha

It's a fact that the EU referendum result has divided Britain and caused political chaos and economic turmoil. As a result, the impact of the UK's vote to leave is most likely to have a major impact for the health and social care, especially as the sector is already facing huge operational and financial pressures.

Can Technology Cure the Care Sector?

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 05.07.2016 | UK
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

Often, at times of crisis, a decision is made to put an old person into a care home. But at a time when the NHS faces mismatch between resources and demand, we must look further afield for a solution to cure Britain's current care crisis - perhaps technology is what will allow us to do more with less.

'Business As Usual' Is Not Good Enough for Carers

Beth Britton | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK
Beth Britton

That last point, which for many gets to the heart of why the ambitions for the Care Act aren't being realized, is certainly a fair reflection of the current climate. However, for me, finding solutions is as much about creativity as it is requests for more money. Carers do amazing work in their unpaid role, and as a society we need to show the same resolve in finding ways to support them.

Why I Value My Son's Multinational Carers

Suzanne Askham | Posted 28.06.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Suzanne Askham

My 20-year-old son has multiple health issues, and learning difficulties. He therefore needs 24/7 care. He lives, term-time, at an outstanding specialist college. He is looked after by a fantastic team of carers, or facilitators, who come from a whole range of different places, including England, South Africa... and, of course, Eastern Europe. Poland is high on that list.

Dad: Picking Up Where We Left Off?

Naomi Barrow | Posted 20.06.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Naomi Barrow

Working out how we all relate to each other as a family is just one more difficulty in the mountain of change that occurs when someone dies. I know that we will get there and I'm really glad we're close enough to work through these things together.

Caring Professions in London Need Priority Status for Police Checks

Sian Berry | Posted 15.06.2016 | UK Politics
Sian Berry

There are not many better bits of news than being offered a job. But for 81,000 people offered jobs working with children and vulnerable people in London, that joy has been lessened as they wait for months for necessary police checks to take place before starting work.


Corri Wilson | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK Politics
Corri Wilson

Carers do an invaluable job - these all too often unsung heroes are the back-bone of care in our communities and play an indispensable role in supporting the needs of loved ones, often at enormous cost to their own health and well-being.

We Need to Build Carer Friendly Communities

Stephen Burke | Posted 10.06.2016 | UK
Stephen Burke

According to statistics from Carers UK, there are currently around 6.5 million people the UK who are carers and this figure is destined to rise with the prediction that there will be an enormous 9 million people caring for others by 2037.

One Person Can Make a Difference - And Everyone Should Try

Laura Rutherford | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK Parents
Laura Rutherford

Ever get those moments when you look at your kids and think you just love them soooo much? You'd do anything for them. You want the very best for them. And nothing less. This doesn't change if you have a child with disabilities. The only difference is you usually have to fight for everything that makes your baby's life easier.

Restoring the Care in Health Care

Dr Mahiben Maruthappu | Posted 31.05.2016 | UK
Dr Mahiben Maruthappu

Since the health service was established, tensions have existed between patients, physicians and policymakers, partly centring on resource availabilit...

Almost 1.5Million Carers in the UK But Over Half Have No Support

Lynda Thomas | Posted 26.05.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Lynda Thomas

Our new figures show that not only have the numbers of carers increased by a third in the past five years but friends and family are spending around 17 hours a week looking after loved ones. Some carers are even spending 35 hours a week caring - the same as a full time job - and yet many won't have the pay packet to show for it.

Faith, Care and End of Life - Rubbing Along Together

Daniel Singleton | Posted 10.03.2016 | UK
Daniel Singleton

My Granddad's final words to me came after I had prayed with him, - I thought he wasn't really conscious but then my mum and I heard him say 'Thank you' - it was the same gruff thanks I remember whenever I gave him presents at Christmas time as a child. I have to confess it was a moment to shed and happy sad tear. He had been aware, had appreciated my small action, and was resting again.

Resolute, Steadfast, Proactive!

Fleur Missaghian | Posted 29.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Fleur Missaghian

Being married to your Carer must be really annoying. But, I never give up on my husband, I believe in his capacity to progress and develop, even if there are times when he doesn't believe in himself.

Care Is Anything But Menial Work, It's the Most Meaningful Work

Helen McEntire | Posted 25.02.2016 | UK
Helen McEntire

Working in homecare is an unloved, undervalued profession that people think is just about menial tasks, new research has revealed. It rocks me to the...

The Care Act for Carers - what difference has a year made?

Moira Fraser | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Politics
Moira Fraser

A typical day, a typical conversation in any carer support organisation like those which are part of the Carers Trust network. Carer? Me? No no. But...

Bright New Day

Jane Cook | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK Parents
Jane Cook

Like many young people with intrusive thoughts, Jemima was petrified. Suicide seemed like a way out and we had to be vigilant as she attempted to try and jump out of windows and end it all. We were told that there were no hospital beds in our local area, so we gave the best care we could and thankfully her condition stabilised. Crisis over.

Why Consistent Carers Are More Important Than Male Role Models For Boys

The Huffington Post UK | Jennifer Barton | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle

Much is made of the importance of positive male role models for young men. This is particularly a source of concern when looking at vulnerable you...

One of My Clients Died Today

Helen McEntire | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Helen McEntire

On the day he died I went to see him. His wife and I stood either side of the bed holding hands over him and reminiscing about some of the holidays we'd had together. He took two breaths and then became very still. It was extremely peaceful. Somehow it wasn't sad... it was right for him to go.

Being My Parent's Parent: How to Be a Carer in Your Twenties

Gabrielle Taylor | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Gabrielle Taylor

What happens if you've started noticing little things your parents are less able to do or you have a similar 'moment' to mine? Or something terrible happens that thrusts you into being responsible for one or both of your parents, way too early?

Carers... The Forgotten People

Jude Coy | Posted 09.02.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Coy

We heard about so many amazing groups and individuals who day in day out work selflessly to help and support others. From charitable neighbours to societies that cook up a storm for the famished. I was bowled over by what I heard, saw and felt.

Googling 'Compassionate Conservatism' - No Results Found

Jess Phillips | Posted 27.01.2016 | UK Politics
Jess Phillips

Today I will stand in the commons, with my Labour colleagues and do our job of reminding the other side to be nice. I will tell the story of lives saved in refuge and the lives lost without it. I will remind them that we don't all have a summer house in Cannes we can retreat to when hubby is being frightful. Nor can we just get a girl in to help if Mother can't get about anymore. Most of us don't have a private workforce to turn to when we are scared, or frail, ill or can't cope.

Do Carers Really Know Best?

Simon Stevens | Posted 15.12.2015 | UK
Simon Stevens

I am on a mission to decare our nation and reclaim families as families. What I mean by this is that the carer rhetoric has destroyed families, where power dimensions have been perverted. What we need to do is to focus on family cohesion, ensuring a family can remain a interdependent unit.

How Being a Carer Has Changed My Life

Jude Coy | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Jude Coy

Cancer, illness, disease. It does change everything but when you finally stop and accept what is happening to your family, you can't help but reassess your priorities. Nothing else in life really matters in the face of something so huge. It's the patient who matters. It's the patient's family who matter. It's you who is important.

Should Free Time Be a Right?

Nicky Goulder | Posted 24.11.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Nicky Goulder

These people can be of any age, ethnicity or gender. They always put someone else's needs and welfare before their own, often without recognition or praise. Many have little chance to socialise, which can lead to isolation; and they have an overwhelming sense of responsibility. Who am I talking about? The UK's 'hidden workforce' of unpaid carers.