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Carers

Health written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood Conservative, Oxford West and Abingdon

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what support his Department will provide for the training of carers after March 2011.

Photo of Paul Burstow Paul Burstow The Minister of State, Department of Health

The provision of training and other similar support to carers is largely a matter for local determination, by the national health service and local authorities.

The Caring with Confidence programme ended in September 2010. Government announced in October 2010 that over £4 million previously earmarked for the programme was being reinvested across 11 projects, these include:

£1.8 million funding to a range of voluntary sector organisations supporting carers including the Afiya Trust, in recognition of the particular needs and challenges faced by carers from ethnic minority communities; over £1 million funding for training and carer awareness raising for key health and social professionals being delivered by Skills for Care and Skills for Health and training for general practitioners (GPs) and their practice staff being carried out by the Royal College of GPs; and

£1.35 million funding for a grant scheme aimed at encouraging bids from patient led and condition related organisations wishing to do more to support carers by reaching out to people who do not necessarily see themselves as carers. We received over 270 bids from a wide range of organisations and plan to fund over 80 organisations who were successful bidders.

The Government have also made all the training materials from Caring with Confidence available free of charge on the Carers Direct website and worked with the national carers' organisations and other interested parties to promote their availability. The materials can be used at a local level to support the continued provision of training to carers.

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