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Top tips for an effective Carers Register

Have a named person responsible for the carers register and its upkeep.

Code a patient as a carer using the latest SNOMED codes / guidance from NHSE

Add as an Active Concern (System1) Active Problem (EMIS). This means that it will be seen on the patient’s summary page and can be referenced easily by clinical and nonclinical staff.

Link the carer record to the person with care needs ensuring that it is clear on both patient records.

Seek consent from the person with care needs to allow the carer to have access to medical records and correspondence.

Seek consent from the carer to generate a referral to Carers Support West Sussex.

Have a clear offer for carers – which makes your carers register purposeful to the surgery and carer patients. This could include annual health checks, flu vaccines, flexible appointments, access to medical information of cared for, early health screening. See ‘Define your offer to carers’ for more information.

Update records – when the status of the person with care needs changes, ensure it is reflected in the carer records. For example, moving from ‘patient themselves providing care’ to ‘Is no longer a carer’

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