The Network for Carers and Supporters, England, Scotland, Wales

Different Carers in the UK

Full-time carer

As a full-time carer you will look after up to three children in your own home and treat them as part of your family.

Full training will be given, so you do not need previous experience as a carer. And you will benefit from constant and 'around the clock' support, advice, and assistance.

Respite carers

As a respite carer, you will provide full-time carers with a break by looking after up to 3 children from one to 21 nights.

You need at least one spare bedroom, and the full agreement and support of your family. Respite placements are normally arranged in advance; however, emergency situations do occasionally arise. And as respite carers offer a crucial service by preventing the breakdown of a placement in crisis, we therefore ask that you are able to be as flexible as possible.

Sessional carers

Sessional carers do not look after children and young people in their own homes. Instead they undertake crucial support work within foster homes or the local community by encouraging children and young people to socialize with their family and peers through sports and activities.

They also provide vital and infinite support to full-time and respite carers by assisting them to cope in crisis and emergency situations, and offering work place, school, or college assistance.

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Requirements of Staff and Operations

One or more nurses who hold a specialist practitioner recordable qualification in palliative care, who will normally carry out initial assessments and may provide leadership and supervision to the team.

  • Nurses with suitable qualifications and /or experience to provide hands-on nursing and basic psychological and social support.
  • 24-hour access to specialist, palliative medical advice.
  • Easy access to other professionals, and in particular to social work and counselling skills.
  • The professional staff may be supported by volunteers who have had appropriate training.

Operative Requirements

  • Emotional, psychological and social support, with clear protocols for referral as necessary to specialist colleagues in social work, counselling, spiritual care, psychology and psychiatry.
  • Access to specialist colleagues in other disciplines, such as physiotherapy, as required.
  • Provision of information, support, education and training where needed to all carers both lay and professional.
  • Close collaboration and communication with the primary care team, the patient’s acute hospital specialists if appropriate, and other agencies.

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