Carers Rights and the Carers (Scotland) Act 2016
The Carers (Scotland) Act 2016 introduced new rights for unpaid carers and new duties for local councils and the NHS to provide support to carers.  It became law on the 1st April 2018.  Connecting Carers provide information and support in line with the duties under the Act.  

The eight duties are:
  1. Duty to prepare Adult Carer Support Plans - An “Adult Carer Support Plan” is a
    conversation that identifies personal outcomes and any needs a carer may have.  The Plan may highlight any support that should be provided to an adult carer to meet their needs.  From 1 April, 2018 the Act entitles all carers in Scotland to an Adult Carer Support Plan.
  2. Duty to prepare Young Carer Statement - A 'Young Carer Statement' is a plan that sets out a young carer's personal outcomes and identifies ay needs a young carer may have.  The Statement may highlight what support could be provided to a young carer to meet those needs. From 1 April, 2018 all young careers in Scotland is entitled to a Young Carer Statement.
  3. Duty to set local eligibility criteria - The local eligibility criteria is a framework used to identify whether an adult or young carer should receive support from Highland Council and NHS Highland to meet their identified needs.  If a carer meets the eligibility criteria support may take the form of self-directed support (SDS). In Highland the National Eligibility Framework will be used.
  4. Duty to provide support - Carers who are not eligible for SDS will still receive help and support and can access services such as information and advice from Highland Council, NHS Highland and local carer support services, Connecting Carers.  Carers may also be offered support such as breaks from caring.       
  5. Duty to involve carers in carer services - Highland Council and NHS Highland have a duty to consult with carers about shaping services that impact on their caring roles. NHS Highland have a duty to involve carers in hospital discharge planning, ensuring that before a cared-for person is discharged from hospital, carers are involved in the process.   When NHS Highland or Highland Council are preparing a cared-for persons' assessments, carers' views should also be taken into account.
  6. Duty to prepare local carer strategy - Highland Council and NHS Highland, working together, will prepare a local carer strategy. This sets out how they plan to deliver services for carers.
  7. Information and Advice service for carers - Connecting Carers deliver an advice and information service for carers on behalf of Highland Council and NHS Highland.  The service provides information and advice about carers rights, education and training, health and well-being (including counselling) care planning and future care planning.   Highland Carers Advocacy can be accessed through Connecting Carers. Income maximisation and bereavement support will be delivered by partner organisations'.   Highland Carers Advocacy can be accessed through Connecting Carers. Income maximisation and bereavement support will be delivered by partner organisations.
  8. Carer's Charter - The Scottish Ministers must prepare a Carers' Charter setting out the rights of carers in the Act.

You can download a handy guide to the Carers Act here or contact for more information.