Many family members, friends and neighbours do not recognise themselves as carers because they see their role as being a spouse, partner, sibling, parent, child, friend or neighbour. They are doing what comes naturally – caring for someone who needs them.

Each caring situation, carer and cared-for person is unique: there is no such thing as a typical carer. Carers can live in the same house as the person they care for or live nearby, or a distance away. Carers are not paid a wage to provide support and are sometimes referred to as unpaid or informal carers.

Caring can be rewarding but it can also affect your home life, work life, free time and your relationship with the person you care for.

The Department of Rheumatology, working with the Portsmouth City Carers Team, are dedicating a room to the role of carers at this year’s Day to Day Living with Arthritis and Connective Tissue Disease  – Patient and Public Conference, on Wednesday 21st September 2016.

We have Specific Carers’ Drop-in sessions:

ports-caring-sidebarBreakout Room 1- Squash court 1

10:00 – 10:45

Carers Drop-in:
Connective Tissue Diseases

10:45 – 11:30

Carers’ Drop-in:
Psoriatic Arthritis

11:30 – 12:15

Carers’ Drop-in:
Rheumatoid Arthritis

12:15 – 13:15

Lunch and Refreshments

13:15 – 14:15

Carers’ Drop-in:
Ankylosing Spondylitis


Throughout the day there will be the opportunity to meet and discuss with other local and national organisations and charities the services available for the person living with arthritis / connective tissue disease.

As a carer, you will also have an opportunity to speak with a member of the carers’ team about services and support available to you in your caring role.

We will also be launching a Carers’ Resource Folder during the lunchtime session. Collect your folder on the day.

Other Conference Sessions that you may find useful include:-

Drop-in Round Table discussion: “Your questions answered” and an opportunity for you and your family members to put important questions to key members of the Multidisciplinary Team (Various times throughout the day).

 “Ohh Matron” Round Table with Rheumatology Matron 15:30-16:15
Drop-in session an opportunity for you to meet Colin Beevor Rheumatology Matron about concerns and worries about services provided locally and assistance in sign posting to local support.

Personal Care Plans Drop-in 14:15-:15:30
Come along and pick up your personal care plan pack and talk to the Clinical Nurse Specialists.

To see information about the full programme, visit
or to find more information, please contact or telephone 02392 281642.

You could be eligible for Carers’ support even if you don’t think of yourself that way.

Take time to review your options and find out what support is available to you.

Read the PDF leaflet from the Portsmouth Carers Centre.



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