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Setting up an initiative to deliver a workshop for GPs on BME carers

How is the initiative run?
The workshop was developed in partnership between the three organisations, and was run twice at the conference to increase the number of participants who were able to attend; once in the morning and once in the afternoon.
The workshop consisted of three presentations, given by the different organisations that developed the workshops, and then a small-group discussion amongst the participants to consider the issues around BME carers and how they could be overcome.

In the workshop discussion, participants were asked to keep in mind:
*How commissioning can meet needs across minority ethnic communities
*People rather than services
*Diversity within minority ethnic communities eg age, physical, sensory and learning ability, sexual and gender identity, faith, language and life experiences
*The Importance of avoiding stereotyping a community or group of people

One of the presentations was given by a carer from a BME background, giving a unique insight into the issues and concerns faced by BME carers. This was particularly effective at engaging with delegates.

What methods have been particularly effective?
The honest and open discussion which took place at the workshop was very effective and encouraged delegates to share their experiences and ideas. The workshop used a mixture of evidence from national reports as well as local examples.
Also, having a BME carer who was willing to share their experiences directly with the workshop was particularly effective..

Have there been any challenges along the way?
Actually, no! This project has been very well received and supported from the start, and is something that was born out of an existing good relationship between Carers Centre Newcastle, Newcastle Health and Race Equality Forum and local GP practices. Although there is significant commitment to do so, the challenges lie in taking forward the recommendations to come out of the conference,

What hints and tips might help me get started?
This workshop was the by-product of developing partnerships with wider organisations, and working with GP Practices through other access routes (e.g. Practice Based Commissioning and Clinical Commissioning Groups).

It allowed GPs and healthcare practitioners to work together with the voluntary sector to consider how to respond to new and existing healthcare challenges, and to do so in a way that encourages healthy discussion amongst organisations and providers: this was a great opportunity.

Something that came out of this was the importance of evidence based discussion for GPs, particularly when they are reporting their work, and this is something to bear-in-mind when engaging with them.

Are there any useful documents that can assist me?
The Workshop Briefing BME Carers Workshop Briefing (172 KB)(172 KB)

Where can I get further information?
Rachel Parsons,
Carers Centre Newcastle,
6 Saville Place,
NE1 8DQ,
0191 260 3030

When was this information collected?
March 2012.

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