Do you work in health and social care and come into contact with unpaid carers?
The vision of a carer-friendly Scotland is one in which carers are recognised and valued. In support of this vision, NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) have worked together with a wide range of stakeholders, including carers and carer organisations, to produce a learning resource called “Equal Partners in Care” (EPiC).
Through this accessible and engaging learning resource, it is intended that everybody who works in health and social care will be able to:
- Identify and have good conversations with carers
- Involve carers in decision making
- Involve carers in the planning and delivery of services
EPiC is intended for all staff and students who come into direct contact with carers. It is also intended for anyone with a workforce education and learning role, and/or managers who support the workforce to improve outcomes for carers and the people they care for.
This resource has been designed with the understanding that different professionals will have varying levels of opportunity to engage with carers in their roles. The central idea, repeated throughout the resource, is that there is value in engaging with carers and there are always ways to do that, even for staff whose roles involve limited interactions with people.