Carers provide a vital support network for people who use ²gether NHS Foundation Trust’s services in Gloucestershire and Herefordshire.
It is estimated there are 101,000 carers across both counties and Carers’ Week, which runs from 11-17 June, is a chance to recognise the valuable part they play in the lives of our service users.
Because of the demands of this often unpaid role, carers are at greater risk of experiencing mental and physical health problems as well as emotional stress.
²gether 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.
Jo Denney, Triangle of Care Lead, ²gether NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are very pleased to support the theme of this year’s Carers’ Week – healthy and connected.
“We regularly talk with staff about why carers are at higher risk of physical and mental health problems than most people and how they can help carers find support and be more connected through local carer organisations, as we know that feeling isolated is a huge problem.
“Some of our teams offer opportunities to connect with other carers as part of the service, for example through education groups like those offered by Managing Memory Together.
“We also encourage and support people to register that they are carers with their GP to support their own physical health.”
The Triangle of Care scheme encourages the wellbeing of 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.
²gether’s commitment to working in partnership with carers has been recognised with a second gold star under the scheme. The trust was accepted as a member of the scheme in April 2015, and achieved its first gold star in 2016. The second gold star was awarded in April 2018.
To find out more about the support we offer to carers, and Triangle of Care, visit https://www.ghc.nhs.uk/carers-information/