CPFT launches new scheme to support carers

Come along as Trust joins Triangle of Care

CPFT launches new scheme to support carers
01 June 2015

CPFT is backing a new campaign to help the thousands of unpaid carers in Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The Trust is pledging to support the Triangle of Care. Set up by the Carers’ Trust and the National Mental Health Development Unit the scheme is a way to strengthen the involvement of carers and families in care planning, treatment and support.

To mark this, CPFT is holding a special launch event during National Carers Week on Thursday, 11 June from 1pm which staff, carers and the public are welcome to attend to learn more about the Trust’s plans.

There will be key note presentations from a number of people including Ruth Hannan, National Project lead for the Triangle of Care and Elizabeth Mitchell, CPFT Lead and Carer Governor.

There will also be displays from the Carers Trust, MIND, Age UK, Alzheimer’s Association, IAPT Psychological Therapies and others.

Daisy Change, CPFT’s Women’s Institute group which meets at the Trust’s Fulbourn Hospital site in Cambridge, will be holding a cake sale in support of the event.

Census figures in 2011 reveal 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.

Deborah Cohen, Director of Service Integration for CPFT (pictured above) who will also be speaking at the event, said: “It’s estimated that there are six million unpaid carers in the UK and that 1.5 million of these look after someone with a mental illness.

“Cambridgeshire and Peterborough has a fair share of these carers living locally with whom the Trust has contact. We know that carers are often essential partners in support and recovery and we are able to offer support to them in line with new rights set out in recent legislation, the Care Act 2014.

“The Triangle of Care offers key principles and resources to improve the links between the professional, carer and service user. There is strong evidence that this approach strengthens the quality of care, has a positive impact on recovery, and improves the well-being of the carer."

CPFT has a two year plan which will focus on improving support for carers of its mental health patients this year. Next year the adult and older people’s community services in Peterborough and Cambridgeshire it now provides will be incorporated into the scheme.

For more information about the launch event please email triangleofcare@cpft.nhs.uk and for more information about Triangle of Care click here.

ENDS 

For more information please contact:

Mark Cole
Communications Manager
E mark.cole@cpft.nhs.uk  
T 01223 726766

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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