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The commitment shown by ²gether NHS Foundation Trust towards working in partnership with carers has been recognised with the award of a gold star under the national Triangle of Care scheme. 

The Triangle of Care, which is run by the Carers Trust, brings carers, service users and professionals closer together to jointly promote the recovery of people with mental health conditions.  

The Trust was accepted as a member of the scheme in April 2015 and has now successfully achieved its first gold star.

Professor Jane Melton, Director of Engagement and Integration for the Trust, said: “Since we were accepted into the Triangle of Care programme we have been working hard to embed its principles across our inpatient and crisis teams in both Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. 

“The Carers Trust has been very impressed by our commitment to the scheme, and the work we have carried out to date.

“We know however, that we still have more to do for family members to feel involved. We have recently launched the Triangle of Care scheme for young carers and we will now be working to embed the principles of the scheme across our community teams, with the aim of achieving our next star as soon as possible.

“Membership of the scheme is, however, about much more than accreditation. We hope that it demonstrates to our service users, families and communities, that we hold carers and the role that they play in the highest regard. Carers not only need our full support, they are also experts in their own right who should be fully integrated into the care process.

“We’d like to thank our partners – Carers Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire Young Carers and Herefordshire Carers Support – as well as the Carers Trust for their continued support.” 

Jo Denney, Consultant for Occupational Therapy, who is leading implementation of the scheme across the Trust, added: “The gold star award is testimony to a huge joint effort. We would not be in this position if colleagues across the Trust had not got behind the scheme so wholeheartedly.

“We also have a lot to thank the individual carers who are involved in the programme for too – they really make the meetings we hold and the training we deliver real by supporting our staff to understand the challenges they face on a daily basis.”