4 new Sustainable Care Policy and Practice Briefs have been published today, read on for summaries and links to download the documents.

Support for employees who combine work with unpaid care

UKRI Innovation Fellow Dr Mandy Cook draws on her ongoing research to explore support for employees who combine paid work with unpaid care in local authorities.

This policy brief draws on the experience of three local authorities that were members of the Employers for Carers (Carers UK) forum (in England and Wales) or recognised as a Carer Positive Employer (in Scotland). These local authorities had between 5000 and 6500 employees each. We asked them about well-established initiatives to support working carers and if they would recommend them to others.

This policy brief draws on the experience of four private sector employers who were either members of the Employers for Carers (Carers UK) forum (in England and Wales) or recognised as a Carer Positive Employer (in Scotland). These employers have between 270 and 26,000 employees each. We asked them about well-established initiatives to support working carers and if they would recommend them to others.

This policy brief draws on the experience of four employers in the health and social care sector who were either members of the Employers for Carers (Carers UK) forum (in England and Wales) or recognised as a Carer Positive Employer (in Scotland). These employers have between 270 and 26,000 employees each. We asked them about well-established initiatives to support working carers and if they would recommend them to others.

This policy brief draws on the experience of five public and third sector employers who were either members of the Employers for Carers (Carers UK) forum (in England and Wales) or recognised as a Carer Positive Employer (in Scotland). These employers have between 80 and 40,000 employees each. We asked them about well-established initiatives to support working carers and if they would recommend them to others.

Mandy Cook

About the author

Dr Mandy Cook is a UKRI Innovation Fellow researching Enhancing organisational effectiveness by modernising support for working carers, linked to the Sustainable Care research programme. Learn more about Mandy and her research here.

Learn more about our work on ‘Combining work and care: how do workplace support and technologies contribute to sustainable care arrangements?here.

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