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GP drive to raise carer profiles

A new drive is helping GPs learn more about how they can support carers.

Tools including online resources and workshops have been produced by the Royal College of GPs (RCGP) to help highlight the "valuable part that carers of all ages have to play in supporting some of the most vulnerable people in society".

The free package of materials includes advice on how GPs can look out for a carer's own health and improve access to information.

Officials from the RCGP worked in conjunction with the Department of Health, Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the Children's Society to produce the information pack.

Care services minister, Paul Burstow, said: "I want every carer to get the support and help they need. To achieve this, we need to make sure we are identifying all those with caring responsibilities at an early stage.

"Because most people visit their GP surgery from time to time, we know that primary care can play a crucial role with this. I hope this educational programme will support healthcare staff in both identifying and supporting the carers within their community."

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