Faculty of Education, Social Sciences and Law

Sociology and Social Policy

Evaluation of the National Carers’ Strategy Demonstrator Sites Programme

September 2009 - November 2011

This project evaluated the impact and effectiveness of three types of interventions led by Primary Care Trusts and Local Authorities in England: health checks for carers; innovations in breaks and respite for carers; and enhanced NHS support for carers.

There were twenty-five Demonstrator Sites and the team mapped their activities, assessed the impact of the interventions on carers, and reviewed a range of costs, benefits and organisational impacts of this major DH investment, also a commitment made in the 2008 National Carers Strategy.

In November 2011 the findings of this research were published in a report ‘New Approaches to Supporting Carers’ Health and Well-being: evidence from the National Carers’ Strategy Demonstrator Sites programme’. This report was launched at the ‘Achieving Recognition and Support for Carers’ conference which attracted over 180 delegates from across the UK.

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