PERFORMANCE: NHS Surrey and a charity are surveying young carers to identify their health needs and inform future commissioning.

There are currently an estimated 12,000 children and young people under 18 years providing practical, physical or emotional care in Surrey. Many experience their own health problems as a result of their caring responsibilities, the primary care trust highlighted in a statement.

Debbie Hustings, Surrey NHS Partnership Manager for Carers, said: “Responses from the survey will help improve our understanding of how caring impacts on the health of young carers.

“We will also use the feedback to make recommendations to commissioners of young carers’ services here in Surrey so we can ensure young carers are getting the help and support they need.”

The online survey is being carried out in partnership with the charity Surrey Young Carers.

The survey will be open until the end of October, with a report on the findings due to be published in December.