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Musculoskeletal Disorders: Carers

Volume 486: debated on Wednesday 21 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps he is taking to train those carers caring for people with musculoskeletal conditions through (a) the Caring with Confidence programme and (b) other means. (249277)

At a national level the training provided by Caring with Confidence is in two forms—generic and ‘tailored’. The generic training is relevant to any carer (i.e. including those caring for someone with a musculoskeletal condition) and has been available since August 2008, the ‘tailored’ training will meet the needs of specific carers i.e. those who are caring for someone with dementia, or caring for someone of black or minority ethnic background, and will become available over the coming months.

The determination of the carer groups to be provided ‘tailored’ training was made following consultation with the national carers' charities and providers of training to carers—those with musculoskeletal problems were not identified in this process. Should the need for ‘tailored’ training for carers of those with musculoskeletal conditions emerge there is flexibility to meet this need within Caring with Confidence's delivery arrangements.

Carers can also access NHS Choices, which has much information on musculoskeletal conditions.

At a local level, it is for local health service providers to ensure that people with musculoskeletal conditions and their carers receive the necessary information and support they require.