CPFT launches new scheme to better support carers 

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

The Trust has pledged to support the Triangle of Care, set up by the Carers’ Trust and the National Mental Health Development Unit to strengthen the involvement of carers and families in care planning, treatment and support.

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. 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. The first step is for mental health services to carry out a self-assessment of the support they currently provide for carers. 

For more information about Triangle of Care please email triangleofcare@cpft.nhs.uk or click here.

Carers’ charter launches
CPFT has launched a new charter to ensure its services meet the needs of carers. The Carers Charter formally recognises the important role unpaid carers play in supporting patients, while ensuring that their own needs are met. It lays down what carers can expect from the Trust and how they will be supported to get the assistance they need, when they need it. It also reinforces the Trust’s commitment to train staff to be aware of carers needs.

CPFT Triangle of Care on Twitter
Check out our Triangle of Care Twitter page @CPFT_Triangle where you can find the latest news, events and updates.  

Triangle of Care principles
The Triangle of Care guide clearly identifies the six key principles required to achieve better collaboration and partnership with carers in the service user and carer’s journey through health services. The six key principles state that:
• Carers and the essential role they play are identified at first contact or as soon as possible thereafter
• Staff are ‘carer aware’ and trained in carer engagement strategies
• Policy and practice protocols re: confidentiality and sharing information, are in place
• Defined post(s) responsible for carers are in place
• A carer introduction to the service and staff is available, with a relevant range of information across the care pathway
• A range of carer support services.

Self-referral service for carers

CPFT's Psychological Well-being team provides a self-referral service.

You can access short-term, evidence-based psychological treatment for common mental health difficulties such as stress, anxiety, low mood and depression.  You can learn more about the service on the Psychological Wellbeing Service web page.  You can refer yourself to the service online at https://www.iaptportal.co.uk//cam.html or by telephoning 0300 300 0055 or you may prefer to discuss a referral with your GP.  All the treatments on offer are recommended by The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). 

Information about medicines prescribed for mental health problems can be found here.



The page was last updated on 24 May 2017 by andrea.bateman.

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