Carers Week 

A national annual campaign with activities for carers and communities taking place all across the country – with loads of exciting things going on for carers and staff in BCP and Dorset. 

We hosted a webinar sharing what has been learned from recent work listening to carers experience of hospital discharge and exploring recommendations for change.  To watch the event recording, visit hospital discharge in Dorset: the carer’s experience and recommendations for change.

Find out about about the activities in your area here:




A carer can be anyone of any age who is unpaid and supports a friend or family member due to their illness, disability, frailty, mental health or substance misuse

We define a carer as ‘a person who provides unpaid help and support to a partner, child, relative or friend, who could not manage without this help’. You have a legal right to a  ‘carer's assessment’ – this is an opportunity to discuss what support or services you need. The assessment will look at how caring affects your life, including for example, physical, mental and emotional needs.

Being a carer is often a difficult and – for some – lonely role, but this support is invaluable. If you care for someone, we want to work with you, involve you in the services we provide.

Our staff will always do their best to involve friends and family in the care we offer.

Your knowledge is vital in helping us to do our best for your cared for and help support your wellbeing.

This site gives more detail about how we can work together effectively. Much of the information in our patients section may also make useful reading.

Patients and visitors