Novel insights show the potential of data across health and care systems to inform support for unpaid carers in Wales

Unpaid carers suffer poorer physical and mental health than non-carers and use healthcare services more than the rest of the population, so it is vital that unpaid carers are able to access support and advice, both for their own health and wellbeing and those they care for. 

A new report from Networked Data Lab Wales (NDL Wales) – a partnership between Public Health Wales, Social Care Wales, Digital Health and Care Wales and Swansea University – shows that by using data from multiple sources including GPs and local authorities, agencies have a more complete picture of the number of unpaid carers across Wales.   

The report demonstrates that data linkage provides new insights into the population of unpaid carers at a local authority level in Wales, and has the potential to help better understand and support the needs of unpaid carers. 

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