Carers are a valuable asset within our communities, providing not just voluntary, unpaid care to assist the person they care for to remain independent, but also love, friendship, reassurance and connection. Carers have good knowledge of the person they care for and their health issues, often co-ordinating and managing their care. Nationally the 1.25 million carers who provide care for more than 50 hours per week are a full-time workforce greater than the entire NHS.