Derbyshire Carers Association Shortlisted for National Award

The Derbyshire Carers Association‘s ‘Carers Clinics’ project has been shortlisted for a prestigious national award.

Each year the Health Service Journal Awards attract around 2,000 applications from across the UK, so to be shortlisted is a considerable achievement.

The HSJ Awards are a chance to come together as a community, celebrate achievements and how people have transformed patient care. Created in 1981, the awards are the largest celebration of excellence in UK healthcare, highlighting the most innovative and successful organisations, people and projects in the sector.

Since the launch of the Carers Pledge project in 2014 Derbyshire Carers Association have been working closely with GP Surgeries and other organisations, encouraging them to reach out to carers in the community. Following the success of the project it was recognised carers would benefit from a more flexible and accessible service from DCA within their own GP Surgery – and that’s where the Carers Clinics come in.

Many carers visit their GP regularly so Carers Clinics allow our support workers to meet carers at a time and place convenient to them. Carers can contact their surgery to book an appointment to talk about their caring role, have a Carers Assessment and access the Carers Personal Budget.

Currently 18 GP practices host Carers Clinics each month (see below for details.) Ultimately our goal is to roll the scheme out across the County and Derby City in the future.

For information on how your GP Surgery can get involved please call 01773 743355 or email