Engaging with Health Services

On this page, you will find the learning arising from the Making a step change for young carers and their families: Putting it into practice project related to the theme of Health Services, including key messages, tools and resources.

Key Briefing

There are many agencies that should be involved in identifying and supporting young carers, including health services. NHS England’s Memorandum of Understanding (coming soon!) is a resource to help promote working together between adults and children’s social care services and enhanced partnership working with health and third sector partners. Read our briefing on Engaging with Health Services.

Webinars & Videos

Webinar: Supporting young carers and their families – Joint working with health services
Promoting a greater understanding of how the health sector can support young carers and their families and share practice and resources for engaging with health services to increase identification and support of young carers and their families.
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Video: Joint working with health services to support young carers

Tracey Smith from Sandwell Young Carers shares how a multi-agency approach, including working with GPs and schools nurses helps meet the needs of the whole family.

National Resources

Supporting Young Carers: the role of Nurses and Public Health – Wendy Nicholson Lead Nurse Children, young people & families Public Health England, Presentation 31 March 2016. Download PDF file here.

Working together: A Memorandum of Understanding – Dave Ross NHS England, Presentation 31 March 2016. Download PDF file here.

NHS England's Commitment to Carers
NHS England’s Commitment to Carers
nhs mou
NHS Toolkit and MoU
School Nurse Pathway
School Nurse Pathway – Supporting the health and wellbeing of young carers

Listening to the voices of young carers: a message to NHS England 
Surrey Young Carers Forum – Listening to the voices of young carers: a message to NHS England
Wish List for Support from Health Services
Surrey Young Carers Forum – Wish List for Support from Health Services