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Triangle of care

 What is the Triangle of Care?

The Triangle of Care is a therapeutic alliance between service user, staff member and carer that promotes safety, supports recovery and sustains wellbeing.

- The Triangle of Care - Carers Included: A Guide to Best Practice in Mental Health Care in England. 2nd ed. 2013​

  • ​​National initiative launched in 2010 by the Carers Trust
  • Encourages mental health trusts to engage, include and support carers in their services
  • 56 mental health care providers in England
  • 32 are members of the Triangle of Care
  • NSFT joined the scheme in 2014 and were awarded our second gold star in November 2018
  • Ongoing commitment to being carer inclusive


Triangle of Care six standards

  • Carers and their essential role are identified at first contact or as soon as possible thereafter
  • Staff are carer aware and trained in carer engagement strategies
  • Policy and practice regarding confidentiality and sharing information are in place
  • Defined posts responsible for carers are in place
  • A carer introduction to the service and staff is available
  • A range of carer support services is available