Consultations

Carers' Survey - RBH wants your feedback

 

If you've attended the Royal Berkshire Hospital with the person you care for, how would you rate your experience as a carer?

Staff at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust want to improve the support provided for unpaid family carers. happy and sad icons

They would like to hear your views, even if your contact with the hospital has been limited.

Carers are being asked to answer questions in a Carers Survey. Feedback will be used to help make improvements to the experiences of carers when accompanying the person they care for in hospital settings locally.

Karen O'Leary, from the Patient Experience Team, said: "The support we provide for unpaid carers is very important to us and we want to know what we have done well and what we can improve upon."

Please download a copy of a carers survey.

If you need a hard copy of the survey to be sent to you, please email communications@readingmencap.org.uk and we will post one out to you.

 

Carer's Leave Consultation – a week’s unpaid leave

The Government is consulting on a proposal to give employees a week of unpaid leave each year to provide unpaid care.

The deadline for responding to this consultation is 3 August 2020: Photo shows folder with title Unpaid Leave Policy

Carers UK has this view:

“We have welcomed Government’s intention and pledge to introduce Carer’s Leave for employees in paid employment, as a vital step in helping both business and families and friends providing care to disabled, older and ill relatives and friends to continue working.

“Government has said that they intend this right to be one week’s unpaid leave.

“Whilst Carers UK recognises that this would still deliver positive benefits, we believe this would be even more effective if this was paid.

“We also believe that Government should commit to staged increases to 10 days paid leave, with a longer period of unpaid leave of up to six months.

“We believe that during and post-COVID-19 this is more important than ever for families, businesses, and the economy. At a time when the NHS and social care system are under extreme pressure, family support has been relied on more than ever.”

For further information, Carers UK has published a briefing note on the Carer's Leave Consultation