Did you know there are an estimated 101,000 carers in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire combined?
This week, 12-18 June is Carers’ Week so we want to take the opportunity to recognise the vital role that carers play in the lives of our service users.
Jo Denney, Triangle of Care Lead, explained more about this key role: “Carers and families provide a vital support network, and we want to recognise this and thank them for all their hard work.
“However, they are also at greater risk of experiencing mental and physical health problem and emotional stress themselves due to the demands of being a carer.
“As a Trust, we work hard to make sure that carers are identified and supported, both in the role they carry out and also with their own emotional and physical wellbeing.
“We provide a range of information and support for carers so we can help them continue to carry out the worthwhile, hard and rewarding work they undertake.”
The Trust is a member of the national Triangle of Care scheme, run by the Carers’ Trust. The scheme brings together carers, service users and professionals and promotes safety and recovery for people with mental health issues.
It encourages their wellbeing by including and supporting their carers. Teams throughout the Trust are looking closely at how well they support carers using the Triangle of Care toolkit and improving services where there are gaps.
To find out more about the support we offer to carers, and Triangle of Care, visit https://www.ghc.nhs.uk/carers-information/