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Author: Carers Northern Ireland
Published on 02 July 2013 12:00 PM

Carers Northern Ireland, Carers Trust and The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) are calling for nominations for the Caring About Carers Awards that recognise the work of GPs and GP practices in supporting unpaid carers across the UK.

The Caring About Carers Award is now in its fourth year and patients and carers who feel that they have been helped and supported by their GP or GP practice are encouraged to nominate.

Individual awards are made to practices in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, with an overall award for the GP or practice judged to have made the biggest difference or improvement to carers' lives.

The closing date for entries is 31 July 2013.

Helen Ferguson, Director of Carers Northern Ireland, said:

"We are delighted to be joining RCGP and Carers Trust in the 2013 Caring for Carers Awards. We often hear from some our members that the recognition and support they receive from their GP is a lifeline as they care. We hope that many of our members will nominate their GPs and GP practices for these Awards, and that this will encourage other practices to recognise and value carers."

Nominations can be made by email to or by writing to:

Caring about Carers Award 2013
Royal College of General Practitioners
4 Cromac Place, Belfast, BT7 2JB

Carers should include the following info in their nomination:

  • Their name, address and telephone number, and
  • The doctor's name and surgery contact details
  • How the GP surgery supports them in their caring role

For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575