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Carers Strategy

Download the Shetland Carers Information Strategy 2016 - 2020 Document by clicking the link below.

Across Scotland today there are 759,000 unpaid carers, from the census in 2011, it has been identified there 2034 unpaid carers in Shetland. Shetland’s first Carer Information Strategy was published in 2005 and since then the strategy has continued to be updated, most recently in January 2011.

The Health and Social Care Partnership in Shetland (Integration Joint Board (IJB)) is committed to six principles, which were developed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES) and the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) which were commissioned by the Scottish Government to develop the Equal Partners in Care (EPiC) core principles for working with carers and young carers. The Core Principles are based on six outcomes for carers. These are:

  • carers are identified 
  • carers are supported and empowered to manage their caring role 
  • carers are enabled to have a life outside of caring 
  • carers are free from disadvantage and discrimination related to their caring role 
  • carers are fully engaged in the planning and shaping of services 
  • carers are recognised and valued as equal partners in care.

This strategy outlines how Shetland will continue to support positive outcomes for carers using these outcomes.

Carers Representation

VAS support a carers representative, Jim Guyan, who attends the Shetland Carers Strategy Group and also sits on the Integration Joint Board. If you would like to raise any issue regarding services for carers you can contact Jim at

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