Burbage Surgery, Kennet and Avon Medical Practice, Great Bedwyn, Ramsbury and Wanborough GP practices have been recognised in the Wiltshire Investors in Carers GP Accreditation Scheme. They have each achieved the highest possible award of platinum which acknowledges they provide the best support to unpaid carers in Wiltshire.
The awards recognise and celebrate those Wiltshire GP practices who have met a number of requirements, including maintaining an up-to-date carer register, having a carers’ lead and providing clear information and flexible appointments for carers.
This year, the highest number of GP surgeries yet received awards – 46 in total. 30 of these were given the highest possible award of Platinum, up from 28 last year.
Rea Skinner, Carers’ Lead at Burbage Surgery in Marlborough said: “We at Burbage Surgery are so proud to receive the platinum award for carers for the second year running. We pride ourselves on the care and continued support we provide our carers and patients.”
This is the eighth year that Carer Support Wiltshire has coordinated the awards, which were set up to ensure more consistency in the support carers receive within GP practices. The awards are funded by Wiltshire Council and the NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group.
Tracey Cox, Chief Executive, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group, said:
“A lot is often said about the immense value of carers and, while it’s impossible to quantify just how important they are, we know that carers nationwide are able to save the country’s economy more than £130 billion each year showing their immeasurable worth.
“It is so important to identify carers in our community and to provide them with the right support and help that they need. I am pleased that so many more GP practices across Wiltshire are providing this support and being recognised for their efforts through this great Accreditation Scheme.”
In previous years the awards were handed out in person as part of an awards ceremony. This year’s awards were given virtually and videos of the practices receiving their certificates are being shared this week on social media at #GPCarerAwards and on the Carer Support Wiltshire website.