At CPFT we believe that carers and family members should be seen as working in partnership with those who provide clinical services. We recognise that family members and close friends are able to provide important information that may help, doctors, nurses, social workers and therapists to have a better understanding of the needs of service users. We know that to be a carer you need to be well informed to be able to provide the essential support that service users need, and that being supported in your caring role is important to maintain your own health and well being.


The Care Act 2014 acknowledges that family carers need to be better supported to continue in their caring role. Local councils and health organisations are now required to promote the well being of all carers, ensure that information, advice and support is available, and to prevent, reduce or delay unpaid carers reaching a crisis point. Our clinical services have a responsibility to provide carers with information and support to help them care for the cared for person who is using CPFT services. The Care Act 2014 legally entitles all carers to a carer assessment if they would like one. You are also able to request a review of your needs at any time should your circumstances change. 

 The Children and Family Act 2014 entitled all young carers under the age of 18 to a Young Carers Needs Assessment. Young carers approaching their eighteen birthday are entitled to a Young Adults Transition Assessment. The aim of this assessment is to help young carers consider what support they need for the future.   

A number of factors impact on who is responsible for completing a carers assessment. These include the area that you live in, which clinical service the cared for person is being seen by. The clinical team will be able to provide carers will general support as well as being able to identify who is responsible for completing the carers assessment. Specific information about carers assessments is included below. 


If the  cared for person is accessing Adult Specialist Mental Health or Older Peoples Mental Health Services information about who is responsible for completing a carer assessment can be found here.

If the cared for person is accessing CPFT's Older Peoples and Community Services information about who is responsible for completing a carer assessment can be found here. 




The page was last updated on 28 July 2020 by carers.editor.

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