Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Evaluation of Supporting Carers in General Practice

January 2012 - July 2012

This project was an evaluation of the Department of Health-funded programme ‘Supporting Carers in General Practice’, which comprised three projects led by the Royal College of GPs, Carers UK, and the Princess Royal Trust for Carers (PRTC)/Crossroads Care.

The objective was to review all three DH funded projects and assess …

  • The cost effectiveness of a GP Champion / Carer Ambassador model as a means of identifying new carers and changing GP attitudes and behaviour towards carers, thereby improving outcomes and quality of carer for carers, which could then be used elsewhere in the health and social care system.
  • The cost effectiveness of the network of Expert Practitioners and partnerships with professionals and organisations as a model of providing peer support, sharing expertise / good practice, and raising awareness of carer issues.
  • Knowledge emerging from each project that could inform improvements in the ways that the four organisations involved engaged with GPs, carers and other health professionals and organisations in the future.
  • Evidence of the cost effectiveness of each activity and an outline of activities which provided best value for money and would justify further investment.

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