NHS Borders is the first Scottish health board to be recognised for supporting employees who are carers and has been awarded the Carers Scotland ‘Carer Positive’ kitemark.
A carer is defined as someone who looks after an ill, frail or disabled family member, friend or partner. In Scotland it is estimated that one in seven workers are juggling work and caring, with the number of carers across the UK forecast to increase by around 50% over the next 20 years.
NHS Borders provides options for flexible working for carers, including condensed hours, part-time working, job-share, emergency family leave, and home working.
Edwina Cameron, interim director of workforce and planning, said: “I am delighted that NHS Borders is setting an example by becoming the first Scottish territorial health board to receive this award. Being a carer can be very demanding and statistics show that as many as one in five carers give up work due to their caring responsibilities. Having a supportive employer can be the difference between a carer remaining at work or feeling that they have no choice but to give up.”