Supporting Carers in General Practice - e-Learning for Healthcare
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  • Royal College of General Pracitioners

About the Supporting Carers in General Practice programme

The Supporting Carers in General Practice e-learning programme has been developed for primary care professionals, to help them to support people who care for others. It has been developed by the Royal College of General Practitioners, in partnership with the Princess Royal Trust for Carers and with support from The Children’s Society. The programme contains six e-learning sessions:

  1. Supporting those who provide care for other people
  2. Identifying carers
  3. Organising your practice to support carers
  4. Supporting young carers
  5. Support for older people and their carers
  6. Supporting the carers of people with challenging problems

Please spend three minutes looking at the video below from Clare Gerada, previous Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, on five simple ways GPs can make a difference for carers.

GPs can make a difference

Please spend three minutes looking at this message from Clare Gerada, previous Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, on five simple ways GPs can make a difference for carers.

More information

Why supporting carers matters

A carer is someone who provides support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without this help. This could be due to age, physical or mental illness, addiction or disability.

On any practice patient list, one in ten people is a carer, with 22% of those carers performing caring duties for more than 50 hours every week. It is estimated that at least 175,000 carers in the UK are children. Carers underpin our social care system within the UK. With an ageing population, the role of the carer is ever more vital to our society. However, although many carers enjoy their caring role and want to continue caring, there is evidence to suggest that they suffer physical, psychological and social consequences as a result of their caring role.

Carers are more likely to have seen their GP recently than any other support professional. It is vital for GPs within primary care teams to know how to identify and support carers in order to maintain the health of the carer, and to preserve the care giving situation.

Executive Group

  • Dr Julia Moore

    National Director, e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Alan Ryan

    National Programme Director, e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Professor Nigel Sparrow

    Professor Nigel Sparrow

    Clinical Champion and Chair of the Professional Development Board, RCGP
  • Dr Ben Riley

    Dr Ben Riley

    Medical Director of Curriculum, RCGP
  • Lyndy Pullan

    Lyndy Pullan

    Head of Professional Programmes, RCGP
  • Moira Fraser

    Moira Fraser

    Director of Policy, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers
  • Gail Elkington

    Gail Elkington

    Briefing Manager, Department of Health
  • Carole Cochrane

    Carole Cochrane

    CEO, The Princess Royal Trust for Carers

Project Team

  • Andi Blackmore

    Project Manager, e-LfH
  • Dr Ben Riley

    Dr Ben Riley

    Clinical Lead, RCGP
  • Lynne Perry

    Lynne Perry

    Instructional Designer, e-Learning for Healthcare
  • Dr Chantal Simon

    Dr Chantal Simon

    Editor and Lead Author, RCGP

How to access

In order to access any e-LfH programme, you will need an e-LfH account. If you do not have one, then you can register by selecting the Register button below.

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If you already have an account with e-LfH, then you can enrol on to the Supporting Carers in General Practice programme by logging in to the e-LfH Hub, selecting My Account > Enrolment and selecting the programme. You can then access the programme immediately in the My e-Learning section.

NHS healthcare staff in England

The Supporting Carers in General Practice programme is also available to NHS healthcare staff via the Electronic Staff Record (ESR). Accessing this e-Learning via ESR means that your completions will transfer with you throughout your NHS career.

Further details are available here.

e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies