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Preventing Crisis for Carers Conference

Roxburghe Hotel, Edinburgh on 11 November 2008

Chaired by Keith Aitken, writer and broadcaster, this one day conference gave health, social work and voluntary sector practitioners the opportunity to highlight and share models of good practice and joint work which are effective in the early identification and support for carers.

The opening speaker Florence Burke (Director for Scotland, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers) set the context for the day by looking at a carer’s journey - considering who carers are and the impact of caring - in addition to providing the background to the Moffat Programme.

Timothy B Kelly (Head of Division of Social Work, Glasgow Caledonian University) reported on the baseline findings from the on-going evaluation of the Moffat Programme, looking at the over-all complexity, the evaluation methods employed and some early indications from the work of the Programme.

Shona Robison MSP, Minister for Public Health spoke to the conference about the Scottish Government’s commitment to carers and the legislation that is in place to underpin this.

Delegates were provided with the opportunity, through workshops in the morning and afternoon sessions, to share in the experience from the four Moffat Programme pilot sites (NHS Ayrshire and Arran; NHS Borders; NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and NHS Lothian) and to consider models of good practice that could be developed locally to meet the requirements laid down for Carer Information Strategies.

Each workshop focussed on a particular area of work as follows:

Borders Partnership: Carer Awareness Training for Health Staff (30 KB)

Lothian Carers Centres Partnership: Carers’ Assessments - Tick Box or Tool Box? (379 KB)

Greater Glasgow and Clyde Partnership: Does Size Really Matter? (334 KB)

East Ayrshire Partnership: Partnership Working in Community Health for

The afternoon session opened with a dramatic portrayal of a carer’s experience in the form of a play written and directed by Maggie Aitken, Director of DaisyChain Associates and performed by actor John McQuiston.

The final presentation of the day was given by Jane Marryat, National Training Co-ordinator, VOCAL Carers Centre, who provided an up-date on Caring with Confidence, the Expert Carer Training programme being piloted across Lothian region giving details of the courses being run and the findings so far.

The full presentations can be viewed by clicking on the links below:
Florence Burke – Preventing Crisis for Carers: A Carer’s Journey Through Health (202 KB)

Timothy B Kelly – How Well Are We Delivering for Carers? (178 KB)

Jane Marryat – Caring with Confidence: A Programme of Expert Carer Training Piloted Across Lothian (526 KB)

A summary of the feedback from the conference is available below:

Conference Feedback (33 KB)

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