Carers Rights Day: your rights today, tomorrow and in the future

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in Carers, News on 23rd November, 2023

Carers Rights Day logoToday is Carers Rights Day. Each year, we promote this day to raise awareness, identify carers and guide them to information, advice and support.

Whether someone has recently become a carer, realised they have been caring without support, or has been caring for someone for many years, it is important they understand their rights and can access the support available to them when needed.

Carers Rights Day empowers carers with information and support, building confidence to ask for what they need and challenge when their rights are not met, whether that is in the workplace, education, accessing health or social care, when interacting with other professionals, or at home.

Your rights: today, tomorrow and in the future

Here is a summary of carers’ rights:

Today

  • You have the right to request flexible working arrangements
  • You can ask your General Practice (GP) to identify you as a carer on your patient record
  • You have the right to exercise your right to request a free flu jab
  • You have the right to legal protection - If you look after an older or disabled person, under the Equality Act 2010, you are protected against direct discrimination or harassment because of your caring responsibilities
  • You have the right to request a carer’s assessment
  • You have a right to be consulted if the person you care for is being discharged from hospital; the hospital must identify and consult with you, where possible.

Tomorrow and in the future

  • You will have a legal right to request up to five days unpaid leave every twelve months, helping you manage day-to-day challenges of being a carer, enabling you to stay in employment
  • You will be able to ask their employer for changes to your working hours, times of work, or place of work, from day one.

To celebrate this important day, Together will join Devon Carers for a free information and advice fair on Thursday 23 November at the Exeter Phoenix. Carers will have an opportunity to chat to Devon Carers, as well as other organisations such as Citizens Advice, Health Watch Devon, Devon Recovery Learning Centre, as well as speak to our colleagues about information and advice to help support them in their caring role. This can include self-referring for Health and Wellbeing Checks (Carers Assessments); carer workshops; peer support; Carer Friendly Devon; Carer Friendly Employers and signing up for Devon Carers latest magazine. Refreshments will also be available.

If you are a carer or support carers in your role, why not come along and visit. Please visit the Devon Carers website for more information:

If you would like to find out more about how we support carers, including working carers, please contact Joanna Duke, Together and Carer Lead, on joannaduke@nhs.net, or Georgina Adams, Clinical Lead in Safe from Suicide Team on g.adams4@nhs.net.

For more information about support for carers, please visit:

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