Triangle of Care for Mental Health

Triangle of Care for Mental Health

The Triangle of Care guide can be used across all mental health services, not only inpatient, and includes a universal self-assessment tool as well as guidance notes.

The Triangle of Care, Carers Included: A Guide to Best Practice in Mental Health Care in England

Triangle of Care logoThe The Triangle of Care can be used across all mental health services, not only inpatient, and includes a universal self-assessment tool as well as guidance notes. In addition the guide now includes good practice examples from across the mental health care pathway.

The Triangle of Care guide was launched in July 2010 as a joint piece of work between Carers Trust and the National Mental Health Development Unit, emphasizing the need for better local strategic involvement of carers and families in the care planning and treatment of people with mental ill-health.

The Triangle of Care approach was developed by carers and staff to improve carer engagement in acute inpatient and home treatment services. The guide outlines key elements to achieving this as well as examples of good practice. It recommends better partnership working between service users and their carers, and organisations.

Carers Strategy refresh

The guide received further validation when it was included in the Carers Strategy refresh in November 2010 and No Health without Mental Health in February 2011. The Triangle of Care was included as a clear action in Closing the Gap 2014, the government’s mental health action plan. In addition we have had enquiries from as far away as New Zealand about how to go about adopting the Triangle of Care standards in their services.

The guide includes a wealth of good practice examples, these have been shared by organisations to enable faster and wider carer involvement and support. These and many other good practice examples are available on the Royal College of Nursing’s Virtual Ward – in the Triangle of Care and carers and families sections.

England Regional Groups

Regional groups have been established in all parts of England; so far 50 mental health trusts and over 30 third sector carers’ organisations are involved. The group works in partnership to share good practice and problem solve to work towards implementing the Triangle of Care standards in mental health services. 

If your organisation is interested in joining your regional group please email the project lead Ruth Hannan rhannan@carers.org

Trusts involved

Those trusts currently involved in the regional groups are:

South West

  • 2gether NHS Foundation Trust – Herefordshire and Gloucestershire
  • ​Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Devon Partnership NHS Trust
  • Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Plymouth Teaching Primary Care Trust
  • Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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North West

  • 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust – Areas of Lancs & Greater Manchester
  • Cheshire & Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust
  • Mersey Care NHs Trust
  • Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

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London

  • Barnet, Enfield & Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Camden & Islington NHS Foundation Trust
  • Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
  • East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • North East London NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
  • South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
  • South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHs Trust
  • West London Mental Health NHS Trust

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South East 

  • Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
  • North Essex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

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West Midlands

  • Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Coventry & Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust
  • South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Worcestershire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

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East of England

  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust

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East Midlands

  • Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
  • Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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North East

  • Northumberland, Tyne & Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust

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Yorkshire

  • Bradford District Care Trust
  • Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Calderstones Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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