Wigan Borough shows commitment to carers

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Health and social care organisations from across Wigan Borough have proudly adopted a Charter to show their support for local carers.

The Health and Wellbeing Board signed the Greater Manchester Carers Charter at its meeting last Wednesday and pledged to work together, across the borough to better support carers.

The board is made up of representatives from Wigan Council, Wigan Borough CCG, Wigan, Wrightington and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, Healthier Wigan Partnership, Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust and North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and other health and care representatives.

The Charter is being led by Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership – the body overseeing devolution of the area’s health and social care budget.

As a carer in Greater Manchester you should be able to expect the following:
• To be identified as a carer as early as possible
• Better access to annual health checks and improved access to GP appointments
• Access to services and activities to help stay fit and healthy
• To be supported in employment
• To be involved with employers in developing carers policies and for staff to be trained to be “carer aware”
• If you are a young carer or young adult carer, you are able to thrive and develop educationally

At its last meeting the board received an update on the annual ‘Carers Conference’ held by Wigan and Leigh Carers Centre and they commended all the good work already taking place in Wigan borough.

Through the Healthier Wigan Partnership health and care partners also set out how they were supporting the implementation of the charter.

If you’re a local carer and want to find out more about the support available visit the council’s website: www.wigan.gov.uk