Carers' Resource is the local, specialist carers' centre for the
Bradford and Airedale, Harrogate and Ripon, and Craven districts of Yorkshire.

Carers' Resource - You care for them, we care for you


Consultation on Carers Strategy

Feedback sessions for local carers

The Department of Health (DoH) are undertaking a consultation in order to develop a new Carers Strategy, regarding improving support for carers.

“We think that we need a new strategy for carers setting out how we can do more. One which reflects their lives now, the health and financial concerns they have, and gives them the support they need to live well whilst caring for a family member or friend.

To help us develop the strategy, we want to hear from carers, those who have someone care for them, business, social workers, NHS staff and other professionals that support carers.”

Click here for more information about the consultation and to complete the survey.

To help carers in our area have their say in this important consultation, we have arranged drop in sessions at our offices with Carers’ Resource Director, Chris Whiley, where you can share your thoughts about how support for carers can be improved.

Harrogate, Tuesday 14th June, 2pm
  11 North Park Road, Harrogate, HP1 5PD 01423 500555
Shipley, Thursday 16th June, 4pm 
Unit 15 Park View Court, St Paul’s Road, Shipley, BD18 3DZ  01274 449660
Skipton, Friday 17th June, 2pm
Griffin House, Broughton Hall Business Park, Skipton, BD23 3AN  01756 700888
Please get in touch either by phone or e-mail if you would like more information.

Bradford District Maternity Partnership Focus Groups

The Maternity Partnership is a group of members of the public and health professionals who work together to improve maternity services and facilities across Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.

Each year the Maternity Partnership conduct a series of focus groups throughout the district to understand people’s experience of using maternity services. This helps us to make improvements and identify what is important to people using maternity services.

We want to hear from you about your experiences of maternity care and how you would like maternity services to look in the future.

There are five focus groups being held and you will have an opportunity to talk with midwives and service commissioners to share your experiences. The focus groups are being held at:

  • Keighley Healthy Living, 13 Scott Street, Keighley BD21 2JH on 10 May 2016, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Sangat Centre, Marlborough Street, Keighley BD21 3HU on 20 April 2016, 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Ilkley Children Centre, Little Lane, Ilkley LS29 8HZ on 10 May 2016, 9.30am – 10.30am
  • Skipton Children Centre, Brougham St. Nursery School, BD23 2ES on 25 April 2016, 10.30am – 11.30am
  • Settle Health Centre, Townhead, Settle BD24 9HZ on 5 May 2016, 2.00pm – 3.00pm

If you have any access requirements or would like to see a report from the previous year on community midwifery services, please contact the Maternity Partnership by email:

Carers Trust Strategic Review Consultation with carers

Carers Trust, the UK’s largest carers charity, has decided that we need to develop a working and inclusive strategy for carers that will enable us to provide more support to the UK’s seven million carers over the coming years. More and more people are becoming unpaid carers every day, but the support they need is not keeping pace with growing demands.

We are inviting carers from all parts of the UK to take part in our planning process and so we would like to hear from a broad group of carers to help shape the future of our charity. We are also talking to other charities who work with carers, policy makers, funders and commissioners of services to help us shape the future together.

Please take part in the short survey. Closing date is 13 January 2016.

Call for views on health of nursing home residents

If you have a family member who is living in a nursing home, you may be interested in taking part in a special focus group about residents’ health.

Researchers at the University of Bradford’s School of Dementia Studies are looking for people to share their views as part of the Better Health in Residents in Care Homes (BHiRCH) Project.

It will include discussing  your perspective on how acute changes in nursing home residents’ health are detected, and how you feel you could be involved in this.

Three focus groups will be held on: Friday, November 6; Wednesday, November 11; and Friday, December 4, from  12:30pm to 3pm. Lunch will be provided at the start of the workshop.

The focus will also be on how staff can ensure early detection and intervention for commonly occurring health conditions experienced by nursing home residents. Discussions will be recorded.

Those who take part will:

  • be able to influence a new method of detecting and managing changes in health conditions in care homes
  • be given £25 as a gesture of thanks for your time
  • be given a light lunch
  • be reimbursed for travel expenses.

For more information and to take part contact:

Dr Catherine Powell, phone (01274) 236338,  email:

Dr Alan Blighe, phone (01274) 236284, email:


Equality Delivery System (EDS) Outcomes Survey – Harrogate and Rural District CCG

Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group (HaRD CCG) would like to gather your views and feedback.

Everybody should be treated fairly in the health service and you should be able to access services regardless of your race, religion, disability, age, gender, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Services should also make sure they are accessible to you if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. The law says that the CCG has to do this (the Equality Act 2010) and the NHS Constitution says that you have a right to expect equality too.

To make sure it complies with the Equality Act 2010 the CCG must:

  • Remove or minimise disadvantages experienced by people due to their protected characteristics.
  • Take steps to meet the needs of people from protected groups where these are different from the needs of other people.
  • Encourage people with protected characteristics to take part in public life or in other activities where their participation is disproportionately low.

The Equality Delivery System (EDS) is a tool being used in the NHS in partnership with patients, service users and the community.  The EDS helps to gather evidence to show how well the services the CCG plans and provides improves its equality performance.  It also shows what it needs to do better to help make sure things are fair for everyone and everyone has a chance to have a say.

Please take five minutes to complete the survey and help the CCG to understand more about your experiences of accessing health services, if you feel that you have not received equal treatment based on your background and where it can make things better for all the people in the Harrogate locality.

Please click here to fill in the survey

The survey will close on Friday 2 October 2015

North Yorkshire Carers’ Forum survey

North Yorkshire Carers’ Forum want to find out what carers think about how they are involved when adult social care (North Yorkshire County Council health and adult services) develops or checks its services for carers and cared-for people.

This survey is aimed at:

• Unpaid family and friend carers who are caring for a person living in North Yorkshire (but not necessarily supported by adult social care); and
• voluntary and community groups that support carers.

The North Yorkshire carers’ forum was established in 2011 and is the main way the council involves carers in talking together about service development and improvement. Your feedback will be used to help the council – working with the North Yorkshire carers’ forum – review how it involves carers, and make sure this is working well for both carers and the council.

If you are a carer in North Yorkshire complete the survey here.

Consultation on changes to Stroke Services within Bradford and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG areas.

We are supporting Health Watch Bradford in their engagement of Carers in regard to forthcoming changes to Stroke Services within the Bradford and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG (Clinical Commissioning Group) areas. If you are supporting any carers affected by stroke (this may be applicable to themselves or their cared for) or those that may be in at risk groups for stroke, please make them aware of the opportunity to have their say regarding these changes and how they may be affected. The engagement period for this is 13th July to 11th September.

A summary of the details for the forthcoming changes to Stroke Services is briefly summarised as provided by Health Watch:

Stroke services in our district are changing:

  • Hyper Acute Stroke Unit (HASU) at Airedale Hospital will close, but acute/rehabilitation services remain.
  • Patients with suspected stroke will be taken to HASU at Bradford Royal Infirmary for initial tests and treatment.
  • The single HASU will provide specialist 24/7 care.

Find out more and have your say at or call 01535 665 258  

We want to hear from carers and patients about their experiences of stroke services in order to ensure the new service meets their needs.

Or go to the Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG site to access the original consultation information.

BMDC Substance Misuse Recovery System Review

The City of Bradford Metropolitan District Council would like to invite you to be part of a district wide review of services for individuals who have problems with drugs and/or alcohol.

Please visit the following web page for more information on the review and how you can have your say:

The survey will be open from Monday 11th May 2015  to  Friday 5th June 2015

Download a document giving the background to the review (MS Word docx)