Cheltenham GPs are currently exploring new ways to provide additional support for carers.

The locality’s 17 practices have been going through their patient lists to identify carers and are reviewing any of these patients who have not recently had a health check. This highlights carers who might benefit from support, even though they themselves do not have a medical need.

With their agreement, practices are putting them in touch with their local Social Prescribing Co-ordinator. The Co-ordinator has extensive local knowledge of local community services and support groups, and can connect carers into these services.

This can help carers tackle issues such as loneliness, healthy living and coping with caring responsibilities.