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Unmet needs and service gaps

Adults :: Carers :: Unmet needs and service gaps

Out of the estimated 25,000 carers identified in the 2011 census, only a small proportion of carers in Medway appear to be known to services. This would suggest that there is a need to improve the way in which carers are identified in order that they are provided with appropriate support. The discussion of a carers' lead role in GPs surgeries is planned to take place shortly will assist in raising the awareness and better identification of carers and carers' issues within primary care settings. Once identified carers should be given the correct information and training for their needs to support them in their caring role.

Anecdotally, working age carers do not appear to be well engaged with the Medway Carers' Centre. Further work needs to take place to identify how best to support this group of carers.