East Lothian Council

East Lothian Carers Strategy

Key themes underpinning the Carers (Scotland) 2016 Act as they apply to East Lothian


1. Carer Identification

  • Our strategy must show how we plan to identify carers and ensure that, where carers don’t currently have any needs, we know to follow them up later.
  • When a patient is being discharged from hospital , NHS Lothian must identify that who is looking after the cared-for person (i.e., their carer).
  • For young carers, a named person should be well placed to identify children and young people with caring responsibilities and ensure there is a young carer’s statement or child’s plan.
  • Adult carer support plans and young carers statements should be non-stigmatising.


2. Early intervention

  • Now people who intend to provide care should be identified so that there is provision for them to have an Adult Support Care Plan (ASCP) or a Young Carer's Statement (YCS), for example, when a relative is moving to another area to care for a relative.


3. Prevention

  • All carers should be able to have an ACSP or YCSP
  • Our Eligibility Criteria must take into account over-arching matters, for example, prevention, early intervention, to prevent carers’ needs from escalating.
  • Our strategy must set out an assessment of the extent to which plans for supporting carers may reduce any impact of caring on their health and wellbeing.


4. Consistency of approach

  • Our definition of who is a carer remains consistent (that is, not dependent on the number of hours the carer supplies, commitment or type of carer)
  • We must review ACSPs and YCSs in a consistent way.
  • Our local Eligibility Criteria must meet what has been set out in the regulations and take a preventative approach.
  • Carer involvement is pre-requisite and essential.
  • Our Carer’s Strategy must be delivered within a set timetable, for example, the Eligibility Criteria must be published by 1 October 2017 and the East Lothian Carers’ Strategy by 1 April 2018.
  • We must provide local information and advice on the issues set out in the act , for example, on income maximisation, advocacy, bereavement support, emergency and future care planning.


5. Equalities

  • We must prepare ACSP and YCS so that they encourage equal opportunities and observance of equal opportunity requirements.
  • When we are identify personal outcomes and needs for support we must consider the impact on carers as potentially having one or more protected characteristics (that is, age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage/civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion and belief, sex and sexual orientation).
  • We must identify information and advice that is likely to be of particular relevance for carers who have one or more protected characteristics.


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