Birmingham Carers Vision and Commissioning Strategy 2018+
Birmingham City Council’s (BCC) Adult Social Care and Health directorate, Clinical Commissioning Group for the National Health Service and Birmingham Children’s Trust are developing a joint vision and commissioning strategy for carers in the city.
They would like to know what is important to you and what you think we need to include in their strategy. This is the first step in seeking the views of carers across Birmingham.
A carer is someone who looks after a relative or friend who is ill, has a physical, sensory or mental impairment, is older and frail or is affected by substance misuse. A carer may be a parent, spouse or partner, son or daughter, another relative or a friend or neighbour. A carer may be providing practical care, emotional support and encouragement or in many cases both.
This strategy will take a whole life approach to reduce the impact of the transition between different ages and stages of life. We want to ensure that people get the right type and level of support at the right time. The strategy is designed to recognise the importance of promoting positive health and wellbeing with and for carers including self-care and self-management in everyday life.
Historically in Birmingham the commissioning of services for carers has sometimes been delivered separately by both the local authority and health partners. This strategy provides an opportunity to set out an integrated approach for the future which meets the needs of carers and provides carers with better outcomes for their own health and wellbeing.