Making a difference to how we support carers

My ‘day job’ includes working with health and age tech, care home and home care companies, local authorities and charities. I help enterprises develop and bring to market new products and services that:

  1. prepare people for and sustain wellbeing in older age
  2. help older people find purpose by investing their skills and wisdom post ‘retirement’
  3. support those who care for older family members
  4. ensure older people have self-determined support, when they need it

For example, a Bucks Primary Care Network of GPs links out to the carer blog here Unity Health.

Podcasts

Click on the image (left) to listen to the ‘Who Cares Wins‘ S2, Ep1 podcast, 6/11/19

Media advocacy for Carers UK

Radio

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Radio 5 ‘Live Drive’ excerpt 21/11/19
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Radio 4 ‘You and Yours‘ excerpt 23/4/19

Press

To read the Huffpost article, click here

Events

  • Carers UK AGM Oct 2019
  • Carers UK State of Caring Conference, July 2019

The data that energises me

Note: all the data below is pre-Covid-19 impact.

National data

All from Carers UK, 2019 unless otherwise stated.

  • 6.5m to 8.8m unpaid carers in the UK right now, i.e. between 1 in 6 to 1 in 10 of us
  • These carers save the state roughly £132bn, the equivalent of the annual NHS budget.
  • 3 in 5 of us will likely care for someone at some point in our lives and 70% of women can expect to be carers.
  • Almost 50% of all carers are 46-65, 25% are over 66.
  • The number of carers in the UK looks set to increase by 50% to 9.1m by 2037.
  • Multimorbidity (living with more than one chronic disease such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure) is increasing rapidly. Nearly twice as many older people in England will need 24hr care within 20yrs.
  • The number of 65yr olds with dementia and two or more other conditions will more than double by 2035. (Newcastle Uni Institute for Ageing).
  • Currently in the UK people can expect to live a fifth of their lives in poor health (approx 16yrs for men and 19 yrs for women, ONS 2017).
  • To simply maintain current levels of care, Adult Social Services in England face a £3.5m funding gap by 2025 (Local Government Association)

Data on working carers

  • Between 1 in 7 to 1 in 9 carers juggle work and care. Without support, 1 in 6 of these carers will have to give up work or reduce their working hours in order to care.
  • That’s 600 people giving up work every day to care for an elder or disabled relative.
  • 750,000 unpaid carers also work in the NHS.
  • Employers are losing talent, skills and experience from their workforce. The cost to the economy in lost earnings is estimated to be £5.3 billion (Age UK, 2012). The cost to the exchequer is almost £1 billion per annum.
  • Supporting carers to remain in work brings benefits to carers, their families, employers and the wider economy as a whole, ADASS June 2017 report

Bucks data

All from Carers Bucks, 2019 unless otherwise stated.

  • There are over 50,000 carers in Bucks (2011 census) and growing. 1 in 4 Bucks residents are likely to be a carer at some point in their life.
  • Each year, carers in Bucks save the NHS over £201m.
  • Dept of Health research calculated that £1 invested in an adult carer generates a £10 saving to the local authority social services budget.
  • Should just 18 carers decide they can’t cope anymore and help their relative or friend into a residential home, the bill shared by the local authority and the family is typically £0.5m per year.

Other carer blogs to visit