How to Become a Registered Carer - see below

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If you’ve been providing care for a family member or friend for a while now, you may be thinking about officially becoming a registered carer. In this guide, we’ll cover what it means to become a registered carer, how to do it, and other support you may be entitled to.


What does it mean to become a registered carer?

A registered carer can receive access to support from your local GP, as well as registering for any benefits you may be eligible for as a result of the hours you spend caring for someone.

You can register as a carer with your GP, and this will then be recorded on your notes. Being registered as a carer means you will be asked about your physical/mental well-being, offered more flexibility when it comes to arranging medical appointments, and notified of any support services you may find helpful.

There are a number of reasons why becoming a registered carer could be a good move for you, including:

You’re The Boss has a great number of resources to take a look at if you’re interested in finding out more about being a self-employed carer.

If you want to become a registered carer, consider the following steps to make this happen:

Register with your GP

If you are an unpaid carer, there are many benefits to registering as a carer with your GP practice. This applies even if you are in receipt of Carers Allowance.

Benefits of registering as a carer with your doctor include:

Register for Carers Allowance

Becoming a registered carer can give you additional support and flexibility in your role as a carer, but did you know what you may also be entitled to financial support? Carer’s Allowance is a benefit available to unpaid carers.

You may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance if you:

We’ve written a total guide to carers allowance and your benefits, so have a read of it and see what you need to do in order to register for carers allowance.

Becoming a self-employed carer:

If you are working as a carer rather than providing care unpaid, you may want to register as a self-employed carer to develop your business. You will need to meet a few more requirements. These include:

1. Qualifications

While there is no legal requirement to have certain qualifications as a carer, you may still want to get certain certifications as a self-employed carer to show your clients that you can provide the proper care they need.

There are many diplomas and NVQs you can take, or you might choose to focus on gaining more direct experience as a carer before moving into a self-employed caring role.

2. Set up your business

To become a registered self-employed carer, you will need to think about the business side of things as well as your day-to-day work. This includes:

3. Insurance

When you are a self-employed carer, it is a good idea to consider what you will do if something goes wrong while working – whether that’s incurring an injury yourself or the person you care for getting hurt.

Having an insurance policy to protect you in these circumstances is important, covering you for things such as:

Take a look at our self-employed carers insurance page for more information.