Carers Support Centre has developed a GP Link volunteer project, where a GP practice gains a team member with a discrete role. This is a 3-way partnership between a practice, volunteer and Carers Support Centre. Each partner has a clearly defined set of responsibilities. Carers Support Centre recruits, trains and supports volunteers. Volunteers are based at and liaise with a GP practice and proactively identify, inform and support carers who attend that surgery.
The GP Link volunteer role aims to support practices to identify by:
- keeping practice information and resources relating to carers up to date, maintaining a regular presence within a GP practice in order to raise awareness of and proactively identify carers within the patient population and staff team.
- offering information to carers on local support services and referring to Carers Support Centre for follow up where necessary.
To find out how your practice can get a GP link volunteer contact your liaison worker.