The news about the new GP contract talks about how it will improve access for patients, address health inequalities and improve population health including mental health, provide financial stability for GPs, and reduce GP workload through the expansion of the primary care multidisciplinary team. But how will it affect you if you are a carer?

The Alliance want to capture views on how the changes are likely to impact peoples’ experiences of interacting with primary care. This might be potential opportunities presented by the new contract to improve services that you want emphasised; or it could be risks/concerns associated with the changes, such as broadening the scope of primary care services, particularly the changing role of the GP. There is also an opportunity to explore how ongoing engagement can ensure that people are involved throughout not just the design but the delivery of the new contract.

They are hosting an event specifically for carers in Glasgow on Friday 23rd February

The workshop is aimed at gathering input from people who access GP services and are interested in giving their views on the new GP contract, and you can find out more and sign up at Eventbrite or by calling a member of the Alliance team on 0141 404 0231.

Outputs and recommendations from this engagement will be presented to the Scottish Government for consideration in ongoing discussions around the GP contract. The Alliance will continue to make the case for these outputs in interactions with Scottish Government throughout the development of the GP contract.






If you’re raising a disabled or seriously ill child, you might be eligible for a grant from Family Fund, and they are trying to make more families aware of the support they can offer.

It can be a struggle financially, emotionally and physically for families raising a disabled or seriously ill child or young person, and a grant from the Family Fund can help break down many of the barriers families face and ease the additional daily pressures. Their support is not only financial, they also provide digital skills training for families, while their sleep support hub Tired Out aims to help families get a good night’s sleep.

To apply for a grant, visit or call on 01904 550055.

Greater Glasgow & Clyde NHS has published a guide to what services are available over Christmas. The booklet is a helpful read as it gives advice over where to go for various ailments all year round, as well as over the holiday period.

All GPs will be closed on 25th and 26th December, and 1st and 2nd January. If you become unwell and cannot wait for your surgery to re-open then you can get assistance by calling NHS 24 on 111. Alternatively, you may choose to seek treatment from a local pharmacist, and the booklet has details of pharmacy opening times over the Christmas and New Year holidays.

The Scottish government will use its new devolved powers on benefits to increase Carer’s Allowance from summer 2018, and introduce a Young Carer Grant from autumn 2019

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) will continue to pay Carer’s Allowance (CA), and Scottish Government will pay the difference between CA and Jobseeker’s Allowance as a six month lump sum, called the Carer’s Allowance Supplement. This is to allow carers to receive additional money before the Scottish social security agency is fully up and running.

The supplement will be paid to people who are living in Scotland and in receipt of Carer’s Allowance on the qualifying dates – two dates per year which will be chosen by Ministers. This is a temporary measure until Scottish Government takes over full control of Carer’s Allowance – which will then be paid at the higher rate, incorporating the supplement.

Further commitments in the paper are the introduction of a Young Carer Grant in autumn 2019 – a payment of £300 per year for 16 and 17 year olds (and 18 year olds who are still at school) caring for an average of 16 hours per week and not eligible for Carer’s Allowance – and increased support for people caring for more than one disabled child, by April 2021.

You can find out more about the proposals and get more of the detail of the Bill on the Scottish Government website and send feedback to

East Dunbartonshire Health & Social Care Partnership have developed a draft Self Directed Support Strategy for 2018 – 2021, and are gathering views on this.

‘Self Directed Support’ means starting with the individual as a person with strengths and preferences. It reinforces that the person is an expert in their own lives and is best placed to know what they need and how their needs and outcomes can best be achieved. Support should respond to the individual instead of the person having to fit with the service. Self Directed Support allows the service user, their carers, and families, to have informed choice about the way social care support is provided to them. People will have control over the way their individual budget is spent and will receive as much or as little help as they need in arranging their support.

The local Strategy has followed the same format as the Scottish Government’s National Implementation Plan, with four outcomes:
Outcome 1 – Supported people have more choice and control
Outcome 2 – Workers are confident and valued
Outcome 3 – Commissioning is more flexible and responsive
Outcome 4 – Systems are more widely understood, flexible and less complex.

The Strategy document has more information about what has been done in East Dunbartonshire, as well as an Action programme which details the plans for 2018 – 2021, and you can submit your thoughts on the strategy by completing the Consultation questions and email this to Kelly Gainty, who is collating the questionnaires. The deadline for return of questionnaires is Friday 15th December 2017.

Anyone who helps to look after a loved one is a carer, but many people do not recognise this, and so are missing out on vital support. The latest research from Carers UK shows that it’a not just the carers themselves who don’t recognise their role, it’s other family members, friends and colleagues: more than half (51%) of the people questioned believe they ‘don’t know’ a single friend or family member, looking after a loved one, despite 1 in 10 people in the UK being carers. You can read the research on the Carers UK website.

Carers (Scotland) Act 2016

The Carers (Scotland) Act will take effect from 1 April 2018, but there are some issues which need to be finalised before the act is implemented, and you can get involved by taking part in this consultation.

East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is responsible for determining the eligibility criteria for carers in East Dunbartonshire. These are the criteria which local health and social work services will use to decide whether or not they have a duty under the Act to provide support to carers.

What are eligibility criteria?

Eligibility criteria are based on the impact of the caring role on the carer and what level of advice and support the carer may access.  The East Dunbartonshire eligibility criteria aim to:

  • support the health and wellbeing of the carer by identifying their personal needs and outcomes
  • enable the carer to access an appropriate balance of information, advice and support to meet these needs and achieve personal outcomes
  • ensure the carer’s right to have their eligible needs met.

The eligibility criteria allow for outcomes to be defined at all levels of support for carers, so that the benefits of accessing both preventative and more intensive support are clear and measurable.  Our criteria are the same for both Adult and Young Carers, and will link to other relevant frameworks, for example, ‘Getting it Right for Every Child’.


East Dunbartonshire HSCP invites you to comment on the draft Eligibility Criteria for Carers.  This is a really important opportunity for you to express your thoughts about the criteria, and to suggest changes that you think will improve carers’ health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable. To participate in the consultation please click on the following weblink

Closing date for consultation is 10th December 2017

If you are going to be on your own on Christmas Day this year, you could go along to a Christmas Festive meal at Smith’s Hotel in Kirkintilloch. It’s free, and transport can be arranged. You can read about last year’s event on Silver Stag’s website, and the poster above has more information. Places are limited, allocated on a first come first served basis,  and you must register by 11th December by calling Silver Stag on 0131 555 9102.

East Dunbartonshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP) is seeking local people who are interested in helping us to improve local health and social care services. The HSCP is responsible for planning and delivering health care and social work services in East Dunbartonshire. They are inviting local people to join with other East Dunbartonshire residents to focus on all aspects of the planning, development and review of the health and social care services they provide.  All that they ask is:

  • That you live in East Dunbartonshire
  • That you have an active interest in health and social care
  • That you be able to work in a team or in relevant working groups

The views of carers who have experience of using these services are really important to make sure that plans for future services are the best they can be, so if you can make any time please consider getting involved. If you would like a full description of the roles available or even just to chat, please contact Anthony Craig by telephone on 0141 578 8658, or by email to

East Dunbartonshire Residents Participation

The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 is designed to support carers’ health and wellbeing and help make caring more sustainable. It will be implemented from 1st April 2018, and the regulations in the act will take effect on that date.

One of the regulations of the Act is a duty for local authorities to provide support to carers, based on the carer’s identified needs which meet the local eligibility criteria.

The local eligibility criteria in East Dunbartonshire will be set by the Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP). Carers Link, along with the HSCP, has organised two meetings for carers to enable them to express their views on the proposed local criteria.

The meetings will be held in Milngavie, on the morning of 28th November, and Bishopbriggs, on the afternoon of 30th November. This is your opportunity to let the decision makers know whether you think the criteria for support that the HSCP has developed will work for carers in the local area, and to suggest changes that you believe will make them better. Please come along and make your voice heard.