Forth Valley Carers Card

The Forth Valley Carers Card has been developed by carers from across Forth Valley, with the support of the Forth Valley Carers Information Strategy Group (representation from Stirling Carers Centre, Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre, NHS Forth Valley, Clackmannanshire Council, Falkirk Council, Stirling Council, and Job Centre Plus). Local carers identified that it would be beneficial to develop an identification and recognition card for adult carers, similar to the already established Forth Valley Young Carers Authorisation Card.

It is acknowledged within the national and local carers strategies (i.e. Caring Together: The Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010-15 and Forth Valley Integrated Carers Strategy 2012-15), the importance of ensuring that carers are supported to manage their caring responsibilities with confidence and in good health, and to have a life outside of caring.

Through the use of the card, the aim is for carers to be more easily identified by Health and Social Care professionals, which should hopefully enable carers to:
– Voice their views and ideas
– Participate in care planning discussions
– Gain caring information on the person they care for
– Be truly recognised and valued as an equal partner in care.

A carer’s specific knowledge and day-to-day experiences of the person they care for may also prove valuable to families.

The card will be issued from either Stirling Carers Centre or Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre, depending on the local authority the carer is living in.

Safeguards are built in; the card has photo identification, informs professionals that the carer is registered with their local Carers Centre, and is reviewed appropriately. All relevant information is held within the respective Carers Centre in a locked cabinet and/or electronically on password protected systems.

The Forth Valley Carers Card will be valid until 30th of November 2016. The card could be issued by the respective Carers Centre thereafter depending upon the success of the pilot scheme during 2015/16. There may be more than one card per family (i.e. two carers in the same family).

The card does not automatically give the carer the right to the information; it is down to the discretion of the individual professional in line with their own organisation’s information sharing protocol and where applicable the person they care for.

Stirling Carers Centre — James Marshall on 01786 447 003 or
Falkirk & Clackmannanshire Carers Centre — Ian McCourt or Claire Crossan on 01324 611 510 or

Tag:Family/Carers Support
14/12/2015 at 2:35 pm