Carers to feed back on what our commissioning priorities should be for 2015 - 2017, and what they thought about our suggested approach to meet the requirements of the Care Act.
Carers told us that we should continue to offer a mix of support in the community, and support via personal budgets. Carers wanted to be more involved in commissioning activity, and for commissioning activity to focus on ways to promote the early identification of carers.
We developed the Joint Carers Commissioning Strategy based on feedback from carers, local partners and key stakeholders across SCCG and LBS. The Strategy is being implemented over the course of 2015 - 17.
London Borough of Sutton (LBS) and Sutton Clinical Commissioning Group (SCCG) are looking to develop a Joint Carers Strategy for 2015-17, in partnership with our strategic partner, Sutton Carers Centre (SCC), other key providers and carers in Sutton. This strategy will set out how Sutton will support carers across health and social care. A ‘carer’ is defined in the Care Act “as an adult who provides or intends to provide care for another adult”
We have been talking with carers over the summer to find out what support they need to help them continue caring and improve their health and wellbeing. This draft strategy incorporates what they told us, and also reflects the changing legislative and financial context of the Care Act and constrained budgets in health and social care. The strategy sets out how LBS and SCCG will jointly commission and develop support for carers in 2015-17.
We have used this feedback to put together a list of key priorities for the strategy, and develop a list of plans to address them. This survey details these plans, listed against the key priorities within the strategy that they relate to. We want to hear what Sutton’s carers think about these plans.