An exploration of the UK carer world

Email to B N, 17 March 2014  updated 7 April 


7 April - Section 5 revised.  Section 6 added.

19 March - all pages in this series are now here. Discontinue reading the pages except this one.  

If you have time after the seminar on Thursday 20 March (and in the future), perhaps we could look at at a date for discussionWednesday afternoons are my respite time, but I can manage most other times. See email 18 March.

These topics are outlined with a view to deciding which are relevant in the short term.

  1. Publicity for unpaid carers attending the seminars
  2. Your publications
  3. Carees with special needs - song and music therapy
  4. Health care course abstracts on this website
  5. How do unpaid carers acquire their skills and knowledge?

1 Publicity for unpaid carers attending the seminars


We might work out how this might be done on this website.


It could include text, reports etc supplied by you.  There could be related info such as a seminar on the use of the Tablet by the elderly at Worcs Uni.  It's in June. footnote 4.  Indirectly related info here.


Making use of Wilfred McSherry's seminar.   I have started a page here.


The one obvious criterion is simplicity.  However, although the page might be read, will it appeal to those we are trying to reach?

2  Your publications


I have been looking at your publications here as part of my prep for a discussion with you on palliative care,  

However 1

I am not registered to read most of the items.  The Hive hasn't been an outstanding success here I'd be grateful for some pointers as to which to read.  See here

However 2

Heading Nos. 3 &  5 on this page are of equal importance.  Whatever time you have spare will be appreciated.

3  Carees with special needs - song and music therapy


Songs and music for special needs situations here.


I have pasted most health care course abstracts from the UoWorcs website onto two hidden pages.  It has not been possible to find anything related to 3.1, which is understandable.  

Can you and I begin a discussion of the case for health care students having a practical interest in 3.1?  Perhaps I could meet some of your students in order to sell the idea from the practitioner viewpoint.

Song and music therapy - the case for its study here

4  Health care course abstracts on this website


3.2 refers.  I will approach the appropriate person about their use in due course.  Who is it?  


I am using the abstracts to help find out about an appropriate time to join a class as an observer.  Who should I approach?

5  How do unpaid carers acquire the skills and knowledge needed to carry out their role?  

Notes for a later page on this site.

The heading is in Google here.   .    


Some prelim resources via Google

  1. unpaid informal carer caregiver category classification system here which shows the need for one
  2. Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses here.
  3. NHS - Education for Scotland here 
  4.            Practice Guidance Areas here
  5. Currently, carers are rarely included in the development or implementation of mental health research. p 5 here  
  6. It is widely accepted that without carers the (UK) country‚Äôs health and social care systems would collapse  p3 here
  7. National Carer Strategy Australia here  
  8. Each morning in Australia more than 2.6 million people wake up and their first thought is for the needs of someone else. here

Reasons for the inclusion of the above will follow.


Local formal county/charity provision 

  1. Carers interact with CSWs - footnote 2

  2. They attend carer events such as Herefordshire Carers Support (HCS) Carers Rights Day   here

  3. They attend support groups such as Ross Memory Cafe here which is on the HCS Ross Carer Support Group site.   here. 

  4. They attend courses.  A seven-week course for carers was run by St Michael's Hospice in Ross in February/March 2013  here   Personal comment here.

  5. They use the Internet - footnote 3

  6. They are advised by their GP and receive support via the surgery.  (Highly variable - zero in my case.)

  7. They read books. A start has been made here.

  8. If not already aware, through any of the above, they become aware of the need to take care of themselves. more

  9. However, there seems to be low take-up of local provision and this needs to be proved.   Further to 11, research needed as to GP provision and the use made of it.

5.3  National formal provision 


To be continued

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To be placed later: 

footnote 1 - Risk

Caregivers can place their family members at risk in two ways, and both situations are 

preventable. First, despite their good intentions and hard work, if caregivers do not have the 

knowledge and skills to perform their work, they may unintentionally harm their loved one. This 

risk for injury is directly related to lack of knowledge and competence, which can be improved 

through caregiver education and support.  

source  Patient Safety and Quality: An Evidence-Based Handbook for Nurses  p 6 here

footnote 2 - If many carers rely on CSWs, they are part of the consideration

Most CSWs are female and older than 45 years of age. 

Charities and voluntary organisations make up the majority of those employing CSWs. 

Approximately 70% of CSWs deal with all carers and do not specialise in carers with one primary issue (e.g. Mental Health). 

CSWs appear to be a stable workforce, most having been in their job for over a year

source p5 here

footnote 3  Internet use

It is surely recognised that there are not enough carers using the Internet.  Google and Google Scholar prove the point 

I liaised with a CSW to secure a session on IT here.  It was a waste of time.  More in discussion. 

Ross Carer Support Group  I T  page here

footnote 4  

Evaluating the effectiveness of touchscreen technology for older adults and adults with dementia  

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Time: 1.00pm

Venue: EE 1104

Presenter: Dr. Tim Jones


email 7 04 14

Dear Dr Jones

Evaluating the effectiveness of touchscreen technology for older adults and adults with dementia  

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Time: 1.00pm

Venue: EE 1104

Presenter: Dr. Tim Jones


Please direct me to the summary and provide more info.

I have been involved with  Ross Carer Support Group  I T  page here and the group plans to follow it up with a session on Tablets.

Dr Price is in the loop as we have just spoken on the phone.  (not in the email - here   Tim Jones is here)

Best wishes.

Alan Harrison

Tim Jones has replied already with a link to the International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction, 5(3), 62-76, July-September 2013 - An Evaluation of Older Adults Use of iPads in Eleven UK Care-Homes.  Can send it via email.

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