In the majority of cases the care they provide is free.

Are you a carer?

Some people have been looking after family or friends for years and do not recognise themselves as carers. This is why at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust, we value the often life-long support carers provide and recognise carers as equal care partners. We want to offer as much guidance and reassurance as possible, to help you in your caring role.

Who cares for the carer?

On this page you will find lots of links to very helpful resources ranging from support groups for carers, looking after yourself, through to advice on housing and welfare. Registering as a carer at your GP surgery can help with:

  • Flexible appointments
  • Your GP will monitor your health more closely, as he/she will be more aware of your commitments as a carer and any associated health problems.

Self-referral service for carers
CPFT's Psychological Well-being team has launched a new self-referral service. 

Carers can self-refer online here or by telephoning 0300 300 0055 or they can still discuss a referral with their GP. They offer short-term, evidence-based psychological treatment for common mental health difficulties such as stress, anxiety, low mood and depression.  All the treatments on offer are recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

Carer survey

Are you carer? Take this chance to provide us with your views and experiences. To complete the survey, ask a member of staff or click on the document at the bottom of this page so that you can scan the code using your smart phone. It’s completely anonymous and will only take a couple of minutes to complete. Your responses will help to inform our work in engaging with carers. 

If you have any queries about the Carers Programme/Triangle of Care please email   

Additional resources

  • Support from social services

  • What to do in an emergency 

  • The "What if" service operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, every day of the year and is available to family carers in Cambridgeshire. It can provide urgent support to you, in the event of your carer being unable to care because of a sudden illness, accident or other unplanned event. This is done by getting in touch with your nominated contacts for you, with back-up support available, if essential.

  • The Friends and Family Support group of those with Borderline Personality Disorders meet every third Wednesday of the month at Springbank, Fulbourn Hospital.

  • Rethink Mental Illness Information and Advice Line Tel: 0300 5000 927. Rethink also have advice on physical health for people with mental health conditions. 

  • Lifeline: Tel: 0808 808 2121 or see the Rethink Carers Group services (Cambridge, Peterborough and Fenland)

  • Mind in Cambridgeshire

  • Rethink Cambridge Carers Group: 100 Chesterton Road, Cambridge. Meet monthly on a Wednesday at 7.30pm. A newsletter is available.  Tel: 01354 655786 

    If there is any information that you would like included or if you find a link that needs updating, please contact us by sending an e-mail to



The page was last updated on 03 April 2017 by eleanor.buckle.

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