CPFT honoured for commitment to carers

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) has become one of only two organisations of its kind in the country to be specially recognised for its commitment to improve partnership working with unpaid carers.

CPFT honoured for commitment to carers
22 January 2018

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) has become one of only two organisations of its kind in the country to be specially recognised for its commitment to improve partnership working with unpaid carers.

The Triangle of Care, which was launched in 2010 by the Princess Royal Trust for Carers (now Carers’ Trust) and the National Mental Health Development Unit, has awarded CPFT with three stars.

The award recognises the work CPFT has undertaken so far to implement the Triangle of Care within its services to include, inform and support carers.

Sarah Murray, Manager (Mental Health) at the Carers’ Trust, which leads on Triangle of Care in England, said: “The scheme is a therapeutic alliance between carers, people who use services and professionals that promotes safety, supports recovery and sustains well-being. Congratulations to CPFT for achieving the third stage of membership by starting to implement the Triangle of Care principles in its physical health services.

Since signing up to the Triangle of Care membership scheme two years ago, the Trust has introduced a series of new measures to demonstrate how it is involving and supporting carers, as well as promoting the important role they play.
CPFT was awarded its first two stars for improvements to supporting carers of those with mental health conditions. The third star has now been awarded to the Trust for ensuring specialist community health services for adults and older people are also working towards implementing the Triangle of Care principles.

Deborah Cohen, Director of Service Integration, CPFT, said: “The most recent census figures show that more than 60,000 people in Cambridgeshire and more than 17,000 people in Peterborough reported they were providing some level of unpaid care. We know that carers we come into contact with are essential partners in providing support and recovery. We have therefore improved the support we offer to carers and how we involve them in patient care and support.”

Anna Tuke, Associate Director, Service User, Patient and Stakeholder Partnerships at CPFT, said: “I’m very proud that CPFT has been awarded three stars and would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of both the carers board and our carer leads in achieving this. Over the next year we will build on this work to ensure that the voice of the carer is embedded in our everyday clinical practice so that their needs are met and they can give the best possible support to their loved ones”.

Since the Trust joined the scheme a carers' hand book charter, policy and strategy have been developed to set out what carers can expect from staff and services. For the second year running a conference was also organised with Carers’ Trust Cambridgeshire, Peterborough and Norfolk during National Carers Week, to celebrate the valued work of carers and the organisations that support them, including a keynote speech by dementia campaigner Tommy Whitelaw.

About Triangle of Care

The Triangle of Care details six key principles (standards) that mental health providers can use to improve their practice to include and support carers. These include identifying carers and their needs, ensuring carers have access to a range of support, information and advice both for them and the person they care for and training staff in carer engagement.
The membership scheme has three stages for integrated services;

• Stage One – implementation with inpatient mental health services
• Stage Two – continued development within inpatient mental health services and further roll out to community mental health services
• Stage Three (for integrated services only) – continued development and progress within both in patient and community mental health services and further roll out to physical health services

 

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