Staff from Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) who have introduced a range of initiatives to help ‘care for carers’ will showcase their work to colleagues from across the country at a national conference next week.
Howard Tidman, Sharon Picken and Philippa Everett have all been invited to speak at the Triangle of Care conference, which has been organised by the Carer’s Trust and takes place in Manchester on 28 April.
They will talk about the steps NSFT takes to look after carers, which include running special forums, offering Recovery College courses and embedding the Triangle of Care programme, which aims to ensure carers are fully supported and involved in decisions about care.
The trio will also take the opportunity to launch a new YouTube channel, called ‘Perspectives in Mental Health’, which will feature more than 50 video talks from mental health professionals, carers and service users about a wide variety of different subjects. This includes depression, dementia, dual diagnosis and managing medication.
Howard, who works for NSFT’s crisis team, said: “Carers play an incredibly important role, offering vital help and support to their loved one which helps take the some of the pressure off health and social services. That is why it is imperative that we put support structures in place to help them to continue successfully fulfilling their caring role.
“We have held 18 carer’s forums across Norfolk and Suffolk so far, reaching more than 1,300 people. We make sure we cover a range of different subjects, and have welcomed speakers on everything from dementia to legal high and dual diagnosis.
“The events we’ve held have been extremely well received by everyone who has attended and we’re delighted that we’ve now been given the chance to showcase them in more detail to colleagues from across the country at the conference.”
Feedback from those attending the carers’ forums has been overwhelmingly positive, with:• 89% rating them as useful • 90.8% agreeing they had helped give them more confidence in their caring role and • 81% saying it had increased their awareness of the services which are available
In addition, NSFT has also been awarded a gold star from the Carer’s Trust for successfully achieving the first stage of the Triangle of Care, which underlines its commitment to involving carers in all aspects of their loved one’s treatment and recovery.
For more information about NSFT’s work with carers, click here.