Do you look after someone who couldn’t manage without your help and support? If so, you are a carer.
Sherwood Forest NHS Trust recognises and values the contribution carers make and the expert knowledge they have about the person they are supporting. We acknowledge caring can be rewarding and satisfying, but it can also be tiring and stressful.
This section provides information to support you, both as a carer who is being cared for in hospital, or a carer who is caring for someone using the hospital services.
For full details on visiting times, how to find us, car parking, maps and the facilities we have available, please visit this page.
Carers UK Digital Resource for Carers
Nottinghamshire ICS has invested in the Digital Resource for Carers. This resource brings together a number of products and online resources to provide comprehensive information to carers, to promote self-care, and direct carers to relevant local services/support.
The core elements of the digital resources are:
- About Me - building resilience for caring’ - E-learning:
Identify and find resources, technologies and sources of support.
- ‘Jointly’ - A care co-ordination app:
Makes caring for someone less stressful and more organised by making communication and coordination between those who share the care as easy as a text message.
- Carers UK guides - Free Publications:
Essential reading including ‘Upfront Guide to Caring’, ‘Looking after someone: Carers Rights Guide’ and ‘Being Heard - A self-advocacy guide for carers’.
To access these resources:
- Visit www.carersdigital.org
- Create an account using your free access code:
- To access the Digital Resource for Carers please click [carersdigital.org]here and select ‘create new account’ and use the access code: DNHS9317
Useful information is available to support carers
Up to date links to useful organisations are available via the
Nottinghamshire County Council website https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/care/adult-social-care/carers/support-for-carers or Nottinghamshire Carers Hub website https://www.nottshelpyourself.org.uk/kb5/nottinghamshire/directory/service.page?id=AigziyO34us
Benefits/ Carers assessment information:
For full details of individual entitlement or changes due to hospital admission visit www.gov.uk
Below are a few links that take you to relevant parts of the NHS UK website for information about benefits and assessments:
- Benefits for the person you care for – under 65s
- Benefits for the person you care for – over-65s
- Carer’s assessments
- Getting a needs assessment
Register with a GP as a carer
All carers are encouraged to register as a carer with their local GP.
An emergency card for carers identifies you as a carer in the event of an emergency.
Carers can apply for an emergency ‘carer card’ that can provide peace of mind that contingency plans are accessible to all should any unplanned emergency occur to you as the carer. Apply online:https://www.nottinghamshire.gov.uk/care/adult-social-care/carers/caring-emergencies or call Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80.
Young carers are children between the ages of 5 and 18 years who help to look after a member of the family who is sick, disabled, has mental health problems, or is misusing drugs or alcohol.
Young Carers or people supporting a young carer can contact the Early Help Unit for more help and advice firstname.lastname@example.org or
request a Young Carers Assessment by contacting email@example.com or calling Customer Service Centre on 0300 500 80 80.
Sherwood Forest Hospitals is an accredited carer friendly employer by the Nottinghamshire Carers Association for 2023-2024.