Improving the availability, choice and quality of short breaks is vitally important if we are to effectively support carers to look after their own health, and have a life of their own alongside their caring responsibilities. For this reason, much effort is being expended to determine how policy and practice can support improvements in short breaks through a better understanding of what works and why.
The purpose of this event was therefore to:
- Share knowledge and experience across Wales and Scotland, about the impact of short breaks and respite care and the outcomes achieved
- Better understand the needs, aspirations and preferences of those using short breaks and the extent to which these are being met through existing forms of provision
The content of the programme included presentations on:
- Understanding what matters – what research tells us about the impact of short breaks for carers, Diane Seddon, Bangor University
- Capturing what matters – the importance of outcome-led planning, Emma Miller, Strathclyde University
- Commissioning, delivering and scaling up alternative breaks provision to reflect what matters to carers – Nick Andrews, Swansea University, Josh Law, All Wales Forum
Presentations were followed by a Q&A session with our presenters.
There was also a short update from Simon Hatch, Carers Trust Wales, on the Covid-19 situation, and how carer support services are responding in both Wales and Scotland.
The event was facilitated by Gill Toms, Bangor University and Don Williamson, Shared Care Scotland.
- Download the speaker slides
- Watch a recording of the webinar
- Link to Personal Outcomes Network
- Link to All Wales Forum