On 6th November 2012, Sunderland Carers’ Centre hosted a visit by the Standing Commission for Carers which is a body that advises National Government on carers’ issues.
The purpose of the visit was a fact finding venture to understand how services for carers in Sunderland are both commissioned and delivered in the broadest sense as well as to hear about specific examples.
The Commission representatives were Anne Smyth, Christine Osborne and Robina Mallett.
We were also joined by representatives from the Primary Care Trust,
The Clinical Commissioning Group, Health Housing and Adult Services, City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust, Northumberland Tyne and Wear Foundation NHS Trust and NHS South of Tyne and Wear Trust.
The Commission members met several carers who were at meetings at the centre during the day as well as hearing from some carers on specific issues such as carers’ breaks, carer representation and young carer provision.
The Commission gave very good feedback about the Carers’ Centre services and about the excellent level of partnership working with statutory agencies seeing the Carers’ Centre as a ‘critical friend’ to statutory bodies in order to ensure that carers are identified, recognised and valued.
We, at Sunderland Carers’ Centre, would like to thank the Commission for their visit and also thank our statutory colleagues for their commitment, support and attendance at what was a very enjoyable day.