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Project information

Nail cutting service for unpaid family carers

Carers rarely have time to look after their health as they tend to put the needs of the person they care for before their own. Poorly looked after feet is a major contributor to reduced mobility, we will provide a free nail cutting service at a time to suit them - no need for expensive podiatry.

September 2018 - August 2019

Charity information: Hillingdon Carers

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  • Need


    Reduced mobility is common, particularly in older people. Carers, by their nature, tend to neglect their own health and foot care is often low on their list of priorities, yet good foot care and nail cutting is a major contributory factor. We will offer a convenient and flexible foot care and nail cutting service for unpaid carers in the London Borough of Hillingdon.


    By giving carers flexible or even drop-in foot care clinics, they will be able to access help in maintaining their feet and nails. They will not have to wait for inflexible GP appointments or need to find money from a tight budget to pay for private podiatry.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide flexible access to trained foot care services for carers who are time-poor.


    » We will host regular foot care clinics at Hillingdon Carers Centre so that unpaid family carers can access a nail cutting service.

    What success will look like

    Numbers of carers accessing the foot care service.
    Self reported improvements in comfort and mobility.

    Aim 2

    To promote good foot health and educate older carers about the importance of good foot care.


    » We will train a group of care workers to provide education, information and advice to carers and to offer a nail-cutting service.

    What success will look like

    Amount of information distributed - fact sheets, education sessions etc
    Self reported improvement in knowledge and understanding

  • Impact


    Carers will report improved mobility, be able to care for longer and will not be dependent on inflexible primary care appointments.

    We will conduct a pre-and post-intervention questionnaire with participants that measures both their levels of mobility and knowledge about foot care.


    We would not undertake foot care for 'at risk' groups such as diabetics or those on blood-thinning agents, as they would need specialist support.

    Therefore a pre-intervention assessment to identify risk factors is critical as is the training of staff. We will seek primary care support when setting the eligibility criteria for the project.

    All carers will have to purchase their own nail cutting kits at cost price and these will be used on an individual basis to prevent cross-infection.


    We will publish outcomes on our website and in our annual report. This will be a summary of participants' evaluations.

    Donations/donors from the Big Give will be acknowledged in all publicity for the service, including 6,000 newsletters distributed twice per year.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £2,700

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,100 Monthly nail cutting clinics 12 half day clinics per year
      £1,100 Monthly education sessions 12 half days per year
      £500 Staff training Training 6 care workers to provide the service

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Hillingdon Carers £600 Guaranteed
  • Background


    It will be delivered at Hillingdon Carers Centre in Uxbridge, a central location in Hillingdon.

    This is easily accessible by tube or bus and there is plenty of parking close by and the building has full disabled access and facilities.


    Unpaid family carers, generally over 60s, although the service can be offered to young carers if there is an identified need.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Hillingdon Carers is the lead provider of carers services in Hillingdon and has a database of 6,000 carers.

    We are the lead organisation of the Hillingdon Carers Partnership and work closely with four other specialist charities to provide a seamless service for carers.

    The care workers delivering the service will be from our partner organisation, Carers Trust Thames, which provides replacement care in the home to give carers a break and will be coordinated by our Health and Wellbeing team.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Jane Wiggins, Hillingdon Carers

    Coordination and project development. Jane is our Health Development Officer and is well-connected with Primary Care services to ensure safe practice

    Piera Jalan, Carers Trust Thames

    Piera is the Deputy CE of Carers Trust and will select care workers from their team to attend relevant training and to provide the service.

    Madeleine Jarvis, Hillingdon Carers

    Madeleine is the Communications and Information lead for Hillingdon Carers and will ensure that the service is effectively published and advertised