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Jersey delegates to attend International Carers’ Conference

05 July 2010

The Health and Social Services Department and the Jersey Association of Carers Incorporated (JACI) have been invited to run one of the workshops showcasing the successful partnership model of working that has been developed in Jersey at a prestigious UK conference in July.

The invitation follows the successful way in which Health and Social Services, JACI and local businesses and charities have worked together to develop respite solutions for adults needing care in different ways and at different times while their own carers enjoy a break.

The 3-day International Carers Conference, between 9 and 11 July at the Royal Armouries in Leeds, will be attended by:

  • James Le Feuvre, Health and Social Services Strategic Director
  • John Cox, Service Manager for adult social care
  • John Medway, JACI

During the conference, John Cox will give a presentation called ‘Caring for life, a life for carers’. The conference is the fifth of its type and aims to reflect the impact that caring has on a carer’s life and how it also affects the society we live in.

In June, Health and Social Services, in partnership with local charity Family Nursing and Home Care, Four Seasons Health Care and Total Care, established 3 new respite care services for carers to access.

John Cox said “How we manage care and caring in an ageing population is one of the world’s greatest challenges. It touches on everyone’s life. This conference brings together carers, practitioners, researchers and those who have an interest in care. The presenters from Jersey will be speaking about the local experience and how through robust partnership working, the Island has been able to rapidly begin to deliver significant improvements in the ways we work with and support carers.

“This is a global debate. People are travelling to the conference from China, Australia and the USA, as well as from all over Europe. The event will be attended by representatives from more than 20 countries and it’s a great opportunity to show others how we are managing the issue of supporting carers. It also gives us the opportunity to hear about how others are managing, to share ideas and bring back new ideas.”

As well as the theme of how modern societies manage care as the population ages, other themes which will be addressed are caring and employment, which asks how people can balance work and care; funding, financial and legal support which asks where the responsibility for funding caring lies; and technology, design and the built environment which looks at how technology can support the delivery of care.

Health Minister, Deputy Anne Pryke, said “This conference is a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate to carers from around the world how government departments, charities and local businesses can work together to achieve a wonderful quality of care for people who really need it. We have shown in Jersey that this is possible with the recent provision of different care strands for young adults, and we hope that the delegates find the input from Jersey both useful and inspiring.”

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