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Calling all carers: conference to debate big changes

Calling all local carers – find out how the new Care Bill will affect you

This year’s free Carers Conference will focus on the forthcoming Care Bill which will introduce changes to social care funding and assessments.

The conference, hosted by Healthwatch Nottinghamshire, will be held on Thursday 1  May 2014 at The Summit Centre in Kirkby-in-Ashfield 10.00am – 3.30pm.

Healthwatch Nottinghamshire will support Carers to access the event by offering replacement care costs and help towards travel if needed.

The Care Bill, which will become law in April next year, includes new entitlements to Carer’s assessments, changes to the way people will pay for care and what will need to be paid for, including a new cap on lifetime care costs.

Speakers at the event will include Dame Philippa Russell, Chair of the UK Government Standing Commission on Carers and David Pearson, President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services. This free event will include workshops on issues of interest to Carers, including specific aspects of the Care Bill, welfare rights and Carers health.

There will also be a chance for Carers to put their questions and comments to an expert panel of senior people from the NHS, the County Council and Carers’ organisations.

Claire Grainger, Chief Executive of Healthwatch Nottinghamshire said “It is vital that carers across the county understand how the new Care Bill will affect them and the people they care for. There are some important changes coming and we need to hear how Carers think these will affect them.

“Healthwatch Nottinghamshire provides a voice for patients, carers and service users of both health and social care services. As an independent organisation we gather people’s opinions and experiences to make recommendations to local providers and commissioners. We hope to see lots of carers from across the county attend the event, the first of its kind in Nottinghamshire”.

Councillor Muriel Weisz, Chair of Nottinghamshire County Council’s Adult Social Care and Health Committee, said: “The new Care Bill will have a big impact on people needing care so we are keen to share information with carers on what changes are ahead at the event.

“We will also be explaining how local services can help carers and listening to their stories so we can better meet their needs in the future.”

Carers can book a place at the conference by telephoning 0115 963 5179, emailing info@healthwatchnottinghamshire.co.uk or visiting our website at www.healthwatchnottinghamshire.co.uk   Organisations wanting to attend with an information stand should also get in contact via these methods.

Healthwatch Nottinghamshire is organising this event on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council and the local NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups.

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