Due to our Social Enterprise status and our desire to Add Value to the Community which we serve, Carer Break has been working together with the Health and Social Care system to design and develop services that will improve lives, reduce costs, improve efficiencies, increase system capacity and provide irresistible solutions to some of our biggest challenges.

 

Out of Hours emergency night support Pilot

Between the end of February 2015 and December 2016 Carers Break, working with Kernow Clinical Commissioning Group, designed and delivered a very successful and innovative out of hours’ response service.

Working with a small but very effective team of highly professional Care support workers, the organisation responded to paramedics, Out of hours GP’s and Out of hours District Nurses among other Health departments across the whole county.

Working together, the operation was designed to reduce unnecessary acute hospital admissions.

This goal was achieved and detailed data captured during the pilot reveals that this fantastic and very effective service not only reduces hospital bed admissions substantially, but it is also estimated by NHS costing data that the Acute Trust at Treliske can potentially save the NHS in excess of £30k per month, reduce unnecessary admissions (80% of those called to were not admitted within 30 days) and seriously improve capacity within the already stretched ambulance service.

*The CCG Cornwall removed funding for this Pilot programme on December 31st 2016 but Carers Break continue to capture the data of declined requests for this service as a result of its effectiveness and hope to see it taken up as a permanent facility in the future.

 

Carers Health and Wellbeing research and Healthwatch Cornwall

Statistics inform us that there are currently in excess of 65,000 Carers in Cornwall. These are unpaid, unofficial Carers that care and support their family, friends and neighbours in a multitude of ways. Many of these wonderful people are reluctant heroes and perform the role because they feel a sense of responsibility and/or duty as well as love and empathy for the people they care for.

However, anecdotal evidence and our own experience shows us that the great majority of these amazing carers suffer a significant reduction in their own health and wellbeing as a direct result of performing this role, often becoming the next tier of ‘Cared For’ individuals.

In response to this, Carers Break wishes to be a significant part of the solution to increase the support available for Carers, approached Healthwatch Cornwall and asked if they would support a research programme that asked the following question:

‘What are the key factors that negatively impact on the Health & Wellbeing of Carers as a direct result of that role?’

Working with Healthwatch Cornwall and other significant Care related organisations in Cornwall, we are gathering data and information that will enable us to more effectively design and deliver more effective and relevant services.

During 2015/16, working with several other National and regional organisations detailed interviews were conducted with service users across the sector and County. The results were both very revealing and deeply moving.

The research has enabled us to look at how we can continue to develop increasingly bespoke and personalised care provision to all our clients and their families.