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New BackCare Carers Guide

Today in the UK, more than 1 in 10 of us are an unpaid carer, looking after a friend or family member with illness or disability. Unpaid carers are a particularly at-risk group due to the physical and psychological factors involved and often present to healthcare services as secondary patients.

70% of unpaid carers already suffer from back pain – the world’s leading cause of human disability. Through our research, education and outreach activities, BackCare is working to help prevent and manage back pain in unpaid carers.

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The Carer’s Guide to safer moving and handling of people.

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Unpaid carers save the nation a staggering £119 billion every year – that’s more than entire NHS budget.

Replacing just one injured carer costs Social Services thousands of pounds.

Prevention is now a legal obligation of Councils following the 2015 Carers Act (clause 2).

The Carer’s Guide to safer moving and handling of people is designed for unpaid / family carers, and is based on HOP6 – the leading national training text, as used to train UK nurses and paramedics.

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BackCare recommends that to avoid preventable additional pain and emotional suffering in both carers and their loved ones:

Councils provide this for their assessors to give to carers as part of the assessment process (bulk discounts apply – a small investment in prevention will save many times that amount)
Charities promote this to their carer members (£4.95 – or again bulk discounts apply)

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