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Professionals Resource


To refer a carer to our service please  email a completed referral form to: connect@carershub.org.uk  or call us on 020 7 501 8970

Link to download Carers Hub Referral Form.  

Self referrals 

We accept self referrals.   


Carers Legal Rights

This covers the key legislation and Government policy applying to carers. Here you can find out what legal rights carers’ have and what the government would like statutory organisations to do for carers in England.

Below is a brief overview of Acts of Parliament that are relevant to carers.


Why do a Carers Assessment?

Carers have a legal right to an assessment and this is a statutory obligation for social care and other council staff.

A carers’ assessment gives carers the opportunity to say what could help them with their caring role so it is important that all professionals who are in contact with carers should ensures they are given the option to have this formal opportunity to talk about their needs. 

If a carer says they do not want an assessment, find out why. It may be that they cannot see the point, do not understand what is on offer, or don’t feel comfortable talking about their needs (as opposed to those of the person they care for). Explain why a formal conversation about their needs for support might be valuable to them.

Having their own assessment allows the carer to meet with a social worker or health worker to:

  • look at what help they need to support them as a carer
  • find out what help and support may be available
  • make a decision about the future


Resources for professionals

There is a wealth of online information available.  The links below cover the main issues.

Our web page for Mental Health Carers: http://carershub.org.uk/advice/MH/

Information from the Carers Trust: http://professionals.carers.org/

Information from Carers UK: http://www.carersuk.org/for-professionals

For a guide to Respite and Carers Breaks in Mental Health Care for professionals and carers click here


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