Consultations

Consultations

Find out about the consultations on issues affecting carers that are running in Surrey and nationally. Some we run, however many are from external organisations but we think they're relevant to you!

Consultations – your chance to have your say!

Consultations are your opportunity to have a voice on local and national issues affecting carers, or of interest to carers.  If consultations are currently taking place you can follow the links to take part, many of these are run by other organisations but we think they are relevant to Surrey’s carers.

Don’t forget you can find ALL of Surrey County Council’s current consultations, on ALL topics, here.

And you can share your experience of health and social care services with Healthwatch Surrey here.

Your view really does matter and together we can affect what support looks like for carers now and in the future.

Consultations in Surrey

Below are some of the consultations currently running in Surrey, some are from us but many are from external organisations consulting on issues affecting carers - add your voice!

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SCC Survey - young carers in Surrey

Surrey County Council wants to get the views of more young carers (and their parents and guardians) as they work on their updated Young Carers Strategy for Surrey. They especially want to hear about the impact of the pandemic on you, as well as understand how caring affects your school life, health, and wellbeing. The more that SCC knows about the lives of young carers, the better they will be able to design the young carers services of the future. There’s a chance to win tickets to Thorpe Park too. Survey can be completed anonymously. CLOSES 1 JULY

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Surrey County Council – Accessing Care and Support

Adult Social Care want to hear your views on accessing information and advice about care and support. Things like care at home, benefits, accessing equipment, etc - importantly this includes support and services for carers. Please complete their survey to give your experiences and views on this. CLOSES 25 JUNE.

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SCC Consultation – young carers in Surrey

Surrey County Council would like to chat one-to-one with young carers (along with an adult in their life) to hear about what their life is like – what they find challenging, what they find helps and what their hopes and dreams are for the future. This will help SCC write a new strategy so that they can make sure services that help young carers will continue to help young people in the future. The chats will be on a video call and will be for about 45 minutes. You will receive £7 of Amazon vouchers as a thank you! If you are interested and are available, then they’d love to hear from you! Please email sarah.rajendram@surreycc.gov.uk.

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Hospital Discharge Survey - carers' views and experiences

A big worry for carers this past year has been supporting their loved one while they were in hospital – and when they were discharged from hospital too. Some Surrey carers have reported not being consulted with, or properly informed, when the person they cared for was being discharged. Surrey NHS hospitals and Surrey County Council are aware of these challenges and are looking to improve the hospital discharge processes, and want to hear from carers in Surrey. So, Action for Carers, working with Healthwatch Surrey, want to find out about YOUR experiences of hospital discharge since last summer. What’s worked, what were the problems, what could be done differently? The information will then be passed on to the NHS and SCC to help them plan for better future care. CLOSES MID JUNE.

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Digital Attitudes Survey

Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust would like to hear the views of people in Surrey on the use of digital technology in healthcare. The survey results will enable the trust to design and shape new services.

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Help improve the NHS 111 service for deaf and hard of hearing people

HELP IMPROVE THE ACCESSIBILITY OF NHS 111! The RNIC is working with NHSEI to explore how the NHS 111 service could be made better for people who are deaf or have hearing loss. RNID is supporting NHSEI to recruit volunteers to provide their feedback over an interactive online platform, where volunteers can discuss their needs and share their ideas for service improvements, including a project looking into SMS as a way to contact NHS 111.

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Carers Breaks - tell your MP your views

Take part in this year's Carers Week campaign, which asks the government to invest £1.2 billion of additional funding for carers’ breaks to help with post-COVID recovery as well as longer term sustainable funding for breaks for carers. Write to your MP to share your experience and views - simply click the link.

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Carer Record – views for public information video

The Surrey Care Record allows Surrey authorised health and social care professionals share data about patients - hopefully providing better joined up care. Surrey Heartlands and Healthwatch Surrey want your help to create communications, including a video, to explain the Surrey Care Record. Can you help?

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Mental Health Support during COVID

Surrey's Independent Mental Health Network are carrying out a short survey regarding mental health crisis support during the current Coronavirus pandemic. Please click to complete the survey.

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Transitioning from Children's Mental Health Services

The SCC User Voice and Participation team are working with emotional wellbeing and mental health services to gain an understanding of what it feels like for a young person transitioning out of the services they access. This transition could be out of children’s emotional wellbeing and mental health services completely or into another service. This short survey will help The User Voice and Participation Team to know what transition currently feels like for young people. We will also feed this information back to the appropriate services to ensure your voice is heard and hopefully bring about positive change to improve transition for other young people in Surrey. CLOSES 30 SEPTEMBER

Consultations running nationally

There are also consultations and opportunities that are national, on issues affecting carers...

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The Big Ask

The Children’s Commissioner for England has launched ‘The Big Ask’, the largest ever consultation with children undertaken in England. It asks children to set out their priorities for improving childhood post-COVID. The results will help identify the barriers that prevent children from reaching their potential, put forward solutions and set ambitious goals for the country to achieve. Unfortunately there is no direct reference to caring, but children are asked if there is someone in their household with an illness/disability. The survey is broken down into different age groups, plus Easy Read versions. There's also a survey for adults, including adults working with children.

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Long COVID Taskforce

COVID-19 can cause symptoms that last for weeks or months, this is known as Long COVID syndrome. The symptoms are wide-ranging and fluctuating. COVID seems to have had a particularly strong impact on older people, ethnic minorities, men and people with learning disabilities. The NHS wishes to boost support for people with Long COVID, and has set up a ‘taskforce’. They are looking for people – including carers – to share their perspective and experience, seeking 9 people (nationally) to participate in a patient and public advisory group. APPLICATIONS CLOSE 30 APRIL.

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Black carers' experiences of forced detention under the Mental Health Act

A study at UCL exploring the perspectives of Black carers who have experienced their loved one being compulsorily detained under the Mental Health Act (sometimes referred to as 'being sectioned') - reflecting also on the fact that Black people seem to be disproportionately detained. Research involves a confidential interview and two short questionnaires, with a £20 voucher for participation. Details on the attached poster (click image)

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Mental Health Act

The government has published a White Paper on the major changes it is planning for the Mental Health Act. There's a new emphasis on choice and rights; a view to ending the need for coercion; and a focus on treating patients as individuals. More here (PLEASE CUT AND PASTE THESE LINKS TO VISIT THESE ADDITIONAL PAGES) https://www.gov.uk/government/news/landmark-reform-of-mental-health-laws and here from Rethink https://www.rethink.org/news-and-stories/blogs/2021/01/the-mental-act-white-paper-a-big-step-towards-change/ If you have had experience of the Act, you're asked to share your views.

International opportunities

Stroke – support for carers research project

Funded by universities in Denmark and Australia, this study is looking at what would best support you as a carer of someone who has had a stroke – hoping to then develop strategies that researchers, medical professionals and engineers will then use to devise the best ways of supporting carers, and help them in their everyday life. Read about the study here, including an important patient information sheet. For queries email (elobo@deakin.edu.au). For the survey, click the button below:

Take the survey

CLOSES 30 JUNE.

 

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