Edinburgh Joint Carers' Strategy

Closed 31 Oct 2013

Opened 2 Sep 2013

Feedback Updated 10 Nov 2014

We Asked

A draft Joint Carers Strategy was developed in 2013 in partnership with a multi-agency working group. There were six priority areas identified within the strategy which were: identifying carers; information and advice; carer health and wellbeing; short breaks / respite; young adult carers and finally personalising support for carers. City wide and local consultation was undertaken on the draft Joint Carers’ Strategy using a collaborative approach. Online and printed questionnaires were used to gain feedback from the public and stakeholders. There were also a series of focus groups held by carer organisations including VOCAL, MECOPP, Edinburgh Young Carers Project and Care for Carers.

You Said

The analysis of the consultation demonstrated strong support for each of the six priorities. It also outlined some additional gaps and suggestions for service improvements. These are listed in the committee report which you can view above under the Edinburgh Joint Carers' Strategy page under "closed consultations".

We Did

This feedback along with the results established from the mapping exercise of carer support undertaken in 2013 was taken into consideration in the revised Joint Carers’ Strategy. This will be taken forward in the ongoing discussions with Council departments, NHS Lothian and stakeholders and addressed through the implementation of the coproduced action plan.


The City of Edinburgh Council and NHS Lothian recognise the crucial role that carers contribute to their communities across Edinburgh. A range of good quality support needs to be available to carers at the right time and place.

This is to ensure that the individual needs of carers are met. With the advent of self directed support, there will be more opportunities to have more personalised support which will empower them through improved choice and control.


Why We Are Consulting

Edinburgh’s Joint Carers’ Strategy has been developed in partnership with key local stakeholders from Health, Local Authority, the voluntary sector and carers. The strategy outlines local priorities and outcomes for carers in Edinburgh for the next three years from 2014 to 2017.

This integrated approach has outcomes for carers at its centre and made use of the Wisconsin Logic Model to develop the strategy. The aim is that this strategy will be the main roadmap for support and improved outcomes to both young and adult carers in Edinburgh.

There are six priority areas identified within the strategy for Edinburgh’s carers:

  • identifying carers
  • information and advice
  • carer health and wellbeing
  • short breaks / respite
  • young adult carers
  • personalising support for carers.


We are consulting on this draft strategy and the priority areas from 02 September until 31 October 2013. We are keen to find out what people think about this strategy.



  • All Edinburgh


  • Homeless People
  • People with long term conditions
  • People with disabilities
  • Minority Ethnic groups
  • Carers
  • Jobseekers
  • Low income households
  • Older people
  • Businesses
  • Children & Young People
  • Civil and public servants
  • Elected Members
  • Lesbian, gay, bisexual people, Transgender people (LGBT)
  • Men
  • Parents/carers
  • Professionals
  • Residents
  • Road users
  • Students
  • Teaching/Educational staff
  • Visitors
  • Voluntary sector/volunteers
  • Women
  • Taxi Licence holders
  • Amenity groups
  • Architects/designers
  • Built heritage groups
  • Community councils
  • Developers/investors
  • Development management statutory consultees
  • Development planning key agencies
  • Education institutions
  • External councils
  • Housing associations
  • Landowners
  • Libraries
  • Natural heritage/open space
  • Neighbourhood partnerships
  • Planning consultants
  • Professional bodies
  • Scottish Government departments
  • Services/utilities
  • Transport groups
  • Young people
  • Licence holders


  • Adults and Older People
  • Carers
  • Paying for Care