Quality statement 6: Emotional, psychological and social needs of carers

Quality statement 6: Emotional, psychological and social needs of carers

Quality statement

Carers of people with dementia are offered an assessment of emotional, psychological and social needs and, if accepted, receive tailored interventions identified by a care plan to address those needs.

Quality measure

Structure:

  • Evidence that those carrying out a carers' assessment identify any emotional and psychological needs and the social impact on the carer and offer the carer psychological therapy, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), if clinically appropriate.

  • Evidence that this is an ongoing process and includes any period after the person with dementia has entered residential care.

  • Evidence that care plans for carers of people with dementia involve a range of tailored interventions, which consist of multiple components including:

    • individual or group psychoeducation

    • peer-support groups with other carers, tailored to the needs of individuals depending on the stage of dementia of the person being cared for and other characteristics.

Process:

a) Proportion of carers of people with dementia who are offered an assessment of their needs.

Numerator – the number of carers offered an assessment of their needs.

Denominator – the number of carers of people with dementia.

b) Proportion of carers of people with dementia receiving interventions tailored to their needs.

Numerator – the number of carers receiving interventions tailored to their needs

Denominator – the number of carers of people with dementia who have an agreed care plan.

What the quality statement means for each audience

Service providers ensure that carers of people with dementia are offered an assessment of needs and receive tailored interventions to address any identified.

Health and social care professionals ensure that carers accepting an assessment of their needs receive a care plan containing a range of tailored interventions including:

  • psychological therapy including CBT

  • psychoeducational programmes

  • peer support.

Commissioners ensure services offer a range of tailored interventions.

Carers of people with dementia can expect to be offered an assessment of their needs and tailored interventions to address any needs that are identified.

Data source

Structure: Local data collection.

Process: Local data collection. Contained within NICE CG42 audit support, criterion 3 and the National Audit of Dementia.