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Screen carers for depression, say doctors' leaders

Carers should be routinely screened for signs of depression by their GP to ensure their health needs are not neglected, doctors' leaders say.

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) estimates one in every 20 patients registered with a GP practice is providing unpaid care.

About 40% of carers are thought to be at risk of depression or stress because of their caring role.

Carers UK said GPs had a vital role to play in supporting carers.

It is estimated that seven million people in the UK currently provide unpaid care to a sick or disabled child or an adult who could not otherwise live independently.

Many of them are already known to GPs, but the RCGP says more should be done to improve the support and services offered to carers.

It says the "screening" process for depression should involve "a small number of general, non-invasive, questions about mood and mental wellbeing".

The RCGP has also drawn up a list for clinical commissioning groups - groups of GPs that plan local care - to ensure carers' needs are taken into account.

Dr Clare Gerada, RCGP chairwoman: "Carers are a very high risk group"

  • Improve GP access by allocating routine appointments and vaccinations at convenient times for carers
  • Appoint a carers' "champion" in all GP surgeries
  • Maintain a carers' register within the GP practice
  • Carry out audits to measure improvements in carer support

Dr Clare Gerada, chairwoman of the Royal College of GPs, said carers often found it hard to admit they were struggling.

"Carers often neglect their own healthcare needs and in many cases it is only a matter of time before they themselves become ill.

"GPs can play a crucial role in identifying potential problems in the early stages and 'screening' for depression is something that many GPs are doing already.

"Commissioners need to invest in supporting carers as a critical asset.

"They already save the public purse £119bn a year and this initiative could save even more by ensuring that carers stay well enough to keep on caring."

Fear and anxiety

Helena Herklots, chief executive of Carers UK, said caring full-time for a family member could leave people cut off from the outside world.

"This isolation, alongside the pressures, fears and anxieties of supporting an ill or disabled loved one can take a serious toll on carers' mental health," she said.

"NHS and social-care services, particularly GPs, are often the first port of call for families with caring responsibilities - they have a vital role to play in identifying carers and helping them access the support they need."

The government's care bill will help people find what support is available to them, a Department of Health spokesperson said.

"We know far too many carers can suffer depression, emotional and physical exhaustion - and it is important that they do not bear this responsibility alone.

"GPs have a critical role to play in identifying people with a caring responsibility and assessing their needs for support, including with depression."

Posted by: on May 11st, 2013 @ 09:34 AM

Always nice to receive a compliment.......

This was a compliment for Leanne Burke, who works from our Sale Office of Routes Healthcare.

"Just wanted to let you know mum passed away this afternoon. Thank you so much for looking after her and the family. It made things so much easier to know there was some body there who truly cared. Thank you. xx"


Well done Leanne!

Posted by: on July 3rd, 2013 @ 4:10 PM

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"Whether you are looking for a 10 year partnership or an ad-hoc, one off arrangement we will listen to your needs and tailor our service to achieve this.

I have 20 years experience working in the Health, Social and Child Care sectors and I pride myself on being able to say that I am dedicated to the provision of an excellent service. My message to my team is simple - “never compromise on quality and always act in the best interests of our clients”.

I am confident that you will find your experience with Routes an excellent one; any feedback you may have is always gratefully received, just click here to access my details."

Andrew Healing Founder and Director - Routes Healthcare (North) Ltd

Posted by: Andrew Healing on January 21st, 2014 @ 09:52 AM

Routes Healthcare Testimonial

".....Dear Routes,

I have worked with Sarah during a highly sensitive time at one our services.  I chose to work with Routes Healthcare due to the positive feedback we have received from a number of locations regarding the efficiency of how Sarah works but also around the quality of staff she supplies.  Sarah remains calm under pressure which is key in her role.  She is patient and understands the issues we face.  The feedback has been really positive regarding the one particular service she has been supporting us with and feedback is also that the staff are good and efficient.  She works quickly and effectively and it’s been a pleasure working together."

Kate, Resourcing Consultant

Posted by: on January 23rd, 2014 @ 11:46 AM

Gene tests for prostate cancer may be possible

“Scientists have isolated a set of 13 gene defects that can be used to identify men who are most at risk of developing life-threatening prostate cancer," The Independent reports.

Arguably the biggest challenge in treating prostate cancer is it’s unpredictably. In many men it is slow growing and causes no or very few symptoms. In other men it can be highly aggressive and quickly spread out of the prostate leading to fatal complications. Around 10,000 men die from prostate cancer each year in the UK.

To read more about this please click here.

Posted by: on February 25th, 2014 @ 1:11 PM

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