Caring and Primary Care

Although caring can be rewarding, there is substantial evidence that carers have poorer physical and mental health than those who are not caring, and that the more care you provide the more likely you are to have poorer health.

For many carers, the biggest priority is the health and wellbeing of those they care for and as such they are more likely to neglect their own health and are known to put off treatment for themselves. – with this in mind we are working closely with primary care professionals, including GPs and practice nurses to give carers the support they need.

NHS England and Improvement have created guidance with practical ideas that have been developed in partnership with carers, primary care teams and other key stakeholders. Collectively, these provide a framework for improving how general practice can better identify and support carers of all ages.

You can find out more about the Primary Care Quality Markers here.


As part of the programmes communication and engagement strategy, system leaders from across the Voluntary and Community Sector, Local Authority, NHS Acute Trusts and primary care are invited to make a pledge to better support unpaid carers within their organisations in line with national care awareness days.

Carers Week 2020

Young Carers Awareness Day 2020