Building on the work NDTi have previously done around exploring what works in supporting carers through the Care Act, this newly funded work will look to co-produce alongside carers, a quality framework.
This quality framework will be used by both local authorities and carers so they can plan and assess the progress made in implementing the Carers Journey, meaning carers will have both the knowledge and access to the rights promised by the Care Act.
The impact of NDTi’s previous work around Carers cannot be underestimated. Marlene’s story highlights this:
‘I left my home in Croydon to come back to Yorkshire to look after my mum. I did this for 6 years and never realised I was a carer. 3 years ago, when I was getting to a crisis point I was put in touch with Carers’ Resource. They helped me realise I was a carer and recognised I needed a life too.’
We believe it is vital to build on this work, and working with carers, we will be creating a widely-used practical tool through which local authorities and carers can jointly decide how to implement personalised support.