Supporting adult carers : guidance (NG150)

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence - NICE
Publication date:
22 January 2020


This guideline covers support for adults (aged 18 and over) who provide unpaid care for anyone aged 16 or over with health or social care needs. It aims to improve the lives of carers by helping health and social care practitioners identify people who are caring for someone and give them the right information and support. It covers carers’ assessments, practical, emotional and social support and training, and support for carers providing end of life care.

This guideline covers general principles that apply to all adult carers. Recommendations about supporting carers of people with specific health needs can be found in NICE guidance on those conditions.

This guideline should be read together with the Care and support statutory guidance under the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014.


This guideline includes recommendations on:

Who is it for?

  • Local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and other organisations that assess, plan, and commission local services or provide support and information for adult carers and people receiving care
  • Providers of health and social care services, including:
    • Social care providers
    • Primary care (including pharmacists and GPs)
    • Hospital and community care (including acute and mental health trusts and residential care)
    • Emergency services
    • Community and voluntary organisations
  • Health and social care practitioners (including personal assistants) working with adult carers
  • Adults who provide unpaid care for 1 or more people aged 16 or over with health and social care needs

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