Carers UK launches suite of e-learning courses for unpaid carers

Categories: Care.

Working with embrace-learning, Carers UK has developed four courses designed to deliver its wealth of expertise directly to a PC or laptop, giving flexible access to a range of resources aimed at supporting carers and building good practice.

A key course focuses on the requirements of the new Care Act, which was passed for Royal Assent on Wednesday 14 May. Care minister Norman Lamb said the Act, “represents the most significant reform of care and support in more than 60 years”.

The Act introduces numerous changes including putting personal budgets on a legal footing and placing a duty on councils to provide preventive services to support people’s health.

Key changes for carers in the Care Act will include:

  • an assessment without having to request it
  • recognition of their health and wellbeing needs
  • a right to support if they are eligible
  • rights on a par with disabled people.

This represents a key challenge for local authorities and CCGs to ensure staff involved in providing support to carers are trained to understand and implement the changes as well as promote health and well-being in the unpaid carer population.

Carers UK’s e-learning courses include:

The Care Act Unpacked: frontline support for practice – A detailed overview of the new Care Act and its requirements.

About Me: building resilience for caring – A resource for carers to help them recognise their own needs, develop self-care strategies, build help networks and find support.

Carer Awareness: supporting frontline practice – An overview of the challenges faced by carers and the ways in which they can be supported

Supporting Carers at Work: a line manager’s guide – A resource to help line managers identify and support carers in the workplace

For more information and the access further resources,  visit the Carers UK website

Carers Week is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign taking place from Monday 9 to Sunday 15 June 2014. Its aim is to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. Log-on to the website to find out more.

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