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A Road Less Rocky - Supporting Carers of People with Dementia 

In May 2012, Carers Trust commissioned the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York, and Firefly Research & Evaluation, to undertake research to ‘understand more about the caring journey undertaken by carers of people with dementia and the challenges they face, from initial concerns that there may be something wrong to experiences at the end of life and afterwards’.

England and Wales

The Mental Health Act 2007 amends the previous 1983 Act, which governs the compulsory treatment of certain people who have a mental disorder.

In 2015 the government published a new Code of Practice for the Mental Health Act (1983), Carers Trust published a briefing on the key points and what this means for carers.

Carers Trust Mental Health Act Code of Practice 2015 Briefing

Mental Capacity Act 2005

The Mental Capacity Act sets out how people who lack capacity now or may do in the future should be treated and their rights protected.

Scotland

Mental Health (Care and Treatment) Scotland Act 2003

This Act outlines how individuals with a mental disorder are to be treated in community and inpatient settings. 

Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000

The Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act provides safeguards and standards for the rights of adults who are assessed to lack capacity to make decisions.

Northern Ireland

The Mental Health (Amendment) (Northern Ireland) Order 2004

This Order outlines how individuals with a mental disorder are to be treated in community and inpatient settings.

Current Mental Health Research

Research specifically on mental health caring is more sparse, but examples can be found on the sites below.

 

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Supporting Students with Caring Responsibilities: A Resource for Further Education Providers to Help Young Adult Carers Succeed In Further Education in Wales

A Wales-specific, user-friendly resource, this toolkit was developed in partnership with Learning and Work Institute to increase awareness of student carers and their specific needs, promote existing good practice from colleges and carers services and offering expert recommendations.
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Mental HealthSpecial education needs
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Student Carers in Further Education

In 2015 Carers Trust worked with the National Institute for Adults Continuing Education (NIACE) to develop a practical resource for colleges. In 2017 Carers Trust Wales and Learning and Work Institute worked together to develop Supporting Students with Caring Responsibilities: A Resource for Further Education Providers to Help Young Adult Carers Succeed in Further Education in Wales, drawing on good practice from colleges and carers centres across Wales. 

This interactive resource has been designed to generate momentum for identifying and supporting student carers within colleges. We hope that it will inspire and assist all colleges to build on good practice to develop their own approaches to identifying and supporting this student group. In doing so, this will ensure that students who are caring for others - students whom, in many instances, will have overcome very difficult circumstances and have aquired valuable transferable skills along the way - are able to reach their potential and successfully achieve their educational aims. 

Feedback

Carers Trust Wales will be contacting colleges across Wales in September 2018 for feedback on the implementation on the toolkit.

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PDF icon Supporting Students with Caring Responsibilities: A Good Practice GuidePDF icon Cefnogi Myfyrwyr a chanddynt Gyfrifoldebau Gofal: Canllaw Arfer Da
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A survey of the experiences and needs of male carers

Husband, Partner, Dad, Son, Carer? is the report of a survey of the experiences and needs of male carers, carried out by Carers Trust and the Men’s Health Forum at the start of 2014.
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Mental HealthPhysical illnessSecondary CareAcute Care
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WellbeingCarer awarenessCarers in employment
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Caring is often seen as a ‘female’ issue but it is something that affects a large number of men too. The 2011 Census found that in England and Wales more than four in ten carers are male (42.3%) - amounting to 2.44 million men providing care, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction.

Despite their vast number, there has been little research to understand the experiences of these men or the vital role that they play in their families.

Carers Trust and the Men’s Health Forum sought to learn more about men’s experiences of caring, the impact it has on their lives and the support services they feel would be helpful to them. A total of 609 male carers from across the UK took part in a survey which included 119 fathers, all of whom were caring for a child or children with a disability, long term conditions or mental health or addiction issue. PDF iconDads care too: A survey of the experiences of fathers who are carers showcases the experiences of these dads.

Key findings

  • 119 dads responded, of all ages.
  • The highest proportion (72%) care for a son or daughter with a learning disability or autism.
  •  Nearly 20% had been caring for 21 years or more.
  • 35% cared alongside being in employment. 40% of those spent 60 or more hours caring per week.
  • A third of dads reported that they never get a break.
  • 46% said caring had a negative impact on their mental health, and 43% said it had a negative impact on their physical health.
  • Almost three quarters said they missed out on spending time with friends and family members as a result of being a carer.
  • The most common support wanted but not received was breaks from their caring role.
  • 55% said they felt the needs of male carers were different from female carers.
  • Many felt their role as a carer was not recognised, or that services were not designed in a way which met their needs.

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Download Dads Care too.

Read the reportPDF iconHusband, Partner, Dad, Son, Carer: A Survey of the Experiences and Needs of Male Carers

Exexutive Summary (PDF iconEnglish language version(PDF, 1,728KB).

Executive Summary (PDF iconWelsh_language version(PDF, 728KB).

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About Time Grant Evaluations

Following the successful delivery of two About Time Grant programmes, Time for Change and Take Action and Support which addressed issues that can lead to young adult carers becoming disengaged from society, independent evaluations of the two programmes have been produced.
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Mental HealthPhysical illness
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PreventionWellbeingIntegrationCarer awarenessIdentifying carersCarers in employment
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Primary careMental health careHealth and wellbeingCarers involvementCarers breaksInformation and adviceCommissioning for carersEmploymentSocial careEducationCommissioning
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The objectives of the evaluations were to:
  • Provide an overall evaluation of all data to assess the progress of funded projects against the aims and objectives of the About Time grant programmes and of the wider About Time programme.
  • Conduct a qualitative study with funded projects to identify effective strategies and approaches for supporting and enabling young adult carers.
  • Provide a focused evaluation of data derived from outcomes measurement tools designed to measure the extent of care undertaken, the positive and negative impacts of caring for young adult carers and changes in their lives because of taking part in the funded intervention.
  • Evaluate the impacts of programme delivery and Carers Trust grant making processes on funded organisations.

About Time evaluations

The evaluations of the Time for Change and Take Action and Support grant programmes were structured in three phases and each had its own evaluation report with an overview of the whole programme also produced.

Phase one: February–October 2015

 

Phase two: November 2015–November 2016

PDF iconAbout Time Grant Programmes Evaluation Report Phase 2 November 2015 to November 2016 Executive Summary PDF (177 KB)

PDF iconAbout Time Grant Programmes Evaluation Report Phase 2 November 2015  to November 2016 PDF (323 KB)

Phase three: December 2016–October 2017

PDF icon About Time Grant Programme Evaluation Report Phase 3 December 2016 to October 2017 Executive Summary PDF (251 KB)

PDF icon About Time Grant Programme Evaluation Report Phase 3 December 2016 to October 2017 PDF (483 KB)

Overview Report

PDF icon About Time Grant Programme Evaluation Overview Report PDF (519 KB)

Key achievements and learning from the programmes include:

  • Around 7,200 young adult carers have benefited from 114 projects delivered by Carers Trust Network Partners, exceeding the original target of 6,200 young adult carers.
  • Programmes provided support to significant numbers of young adult carers for the first time, with over half of the young people participating being new to Carers Trust Network Partners.
  • Programmes developed a flexible response to the needs of young adult carers, including individual support, group activities and access to small grants for individuals, alongside the development of partnerships.
  • The programme design involved young adult carers and Network Partners, ensuring programmes reflected specific needs across UK.
  • Projects have been successful in reaching a representative group of young adult carers and there was a good geographic spread of projects across the UK.
  • Carers Trust has enabled Network Partners to deliver effective projects by being flexible about delivery approaches and providing good quality support, information and training.
  • The Carers Trust Network has a unique role in supporting the needs of young adult carers.
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Toolkit

Toolkit for Initial Teacher Education (ITE) Providers

This toolkit provides essential tools, templates and guidance for ITE providers who already include young carers as a key topic within their training programmes and ITE providers who are developing their training content regarding young carers.
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Mental HealthPhysical illnessAlcohol MisuseSubstance MisuseSpecial education needs
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PreventionWellbeingIntegrationHealth inequalitiesCarer awarenessIdentifying carersCarers in employment
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Health careMental health careHealth and wellbeingCarers servicesCarers involvementInformation and adviceCommissioning for young carersSocial careEducationCommissioning
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Policy and legislation in Scotland

The law relating to carers differs across the UK. The Scottish Parliament has responsibility for health, the NHS and social care, so most of the legislation which affects carers in Scotland is discussed in the Scottish Parliament.
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The law for carers in Scotland

The law relating to carers differs across the UK. The Scottish Parliament has responsibility for health, the NHS and social care, so most of the legislation which affects carers in Scotland is discussed in the Scottish Parliament. The Equality Act 2010, laws around flexible working for carers, and legislation relating to benefits for carers is UK-wide and so is also applicable to carers in Scotland.

There is also a piece of legislation for carers introduced in early 2015. The Carers (Scotland) Bill will consolidate existing rights from other pieces of legislation as well as enshrining new rights for carers in law. Like all Scottish legislation it will go through a three-stage process, allowing for debate and discussion in committees, evidence to be gathered and amendments to be made. This allows opportunities for the Bill to be further strengthened and we will be working closely with the Scottish Government, MSPs and other decision-makers, carers and Network Partners to make sure the Bill can make a real difference for carers and carers’ services.

Key legislation

A strategy for carers

Scotland has a Carers’ Strategy. Caring Together: The Carers Strategy for Scotland 2010-2015 is a framework for policy and legislation development in Scotland and has driven the development of a range of projects and initiatives that aim to improve the lives of Scotland’s carers, ensure that organisations and services are able to support carers and recognise them as equal partners in care, and support carers to have a life outside of caring and to care with confidence. 

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Carers Rights Charter

As set out in the Carers’ Strategy, Carers Scotland and the Minority Ethnic Carers Project (MECOPP) have been commissioned by the Scottish Government to develop a Carers Rights Charter. Consultation on the Charter took place in 2013 with carers and carers’ organisations, and the final Charter of Rights will be launched in conjunction with the Convention of Scottish Local Authorities in 2014.

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Self-directed support

Legislation on Self-directed support (SDS) was passed in 2012. The Social Care (Self-directed support) (Scotland) Act 2013 ensures that all individuals and families who receive social care support (including carers) have choice and control over how this support is delivered, by being offered different options on how they take the support.

Carers can help the person they look after to manage these support options, or if carers are receiving a support service in their own right, they are also entitled to options when getting support.

Carers Trust Scotland has produced a guide for carers on SDS. The Scottish Government’s SDS website also gives more detailed information on SDS options, how SDS works in practice, and examples and case studies of SDS users. 

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Integration of health and social care

The Public Bodies (Joint Working) (Scotland) Act came into force in 2014 and legislates for health boards and local authorities to integrate budgets and services and to ensure that health and social care provision across Scotland is joined-up and seamless, especially for people with long term conditions and disabilities and their carers.

The legislation and the regulations and guidance that accompany it support the arrangements for integrating health and social care, in order to improve outcomes for patients, service users, carers and their families. This will enable health boards and local authorities to work together effectively to deliver quality, sustainable care services.

Carers and service users are supported to be involved and make decisions about services in their areas, with consultation required when integration schemes are being developed, when strategic plans are being developed and reviewed, and at any other time when a decision might significantly affect the provision of services in an area. 

Since the consultation stage of the Act, we have been calling for carers and service users to be involved in a supported and meaningful way so that their participation is as valuable as possible.

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A Carers’ Bill for Scotland

In October 2013, at the second Carers’ Parliament, Alex Salmond announced the Scottish Government’s intention to legislate for carers before the Scottish General Election in 2016.

A consultation on the proposals for a Carers’ Bill ran from January 2014 to April 2014 and examined the possibilities to introduce further duties for statutory bodies, and new rights and entitlements for unpaid carers.

All aspects of the carer journey were consulted on, from identification and assessment through to service provision, carer involvement and service review. Young carers were also explicitly included in these legislative proposals.

The Carers (Scotland) Bill was launched on 9 March 2015 and will consolidate existing rights from other pieces of legislation as well as enshrining new rights for carers in law. Like all Scottish legislation it will go through a three-stage process, allowing for debate and discussion in committees, evidence to be gathered and amendments to be made. This allows opportunities for the Bill to be further strengthened and we will be working closely with the Scottish Government, MSPs and other decision-makers, carers and Network Partners to make sure the Bill can make a real difference for carers and carers’ services.

The Bill sets out a range of measures to improve identification and support to carers, including the introduction of a new duty on local authorities to support carers who meet certain eligibility criteria.. This is a big change from the current system where local authorities have a power to support carers if they choose to.

Carers Trust Scotland has produced a PDF iconbriefing on the Carers (Scotland) Bill, and a summary specifically looking at its PDF iconprovisions for young carers.

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Charging

Regulations that are part of the Social Care (Self-directed support) (Scotland) Act 2013 prevent carers from being charged for social care services that they have been assessed as needing to be provided to them in order to support them to provide care. This includes (but is not limited to)

  • the provision of information and advice
  • advocacy for carers and young carers
  • emotional support and counselling
  • training for carers and young carers
  • support with housework or gardening or other similar activity
  • cost of taxi fares and driving lessons in special circumstances
  • short breaks
  • translation and interpretation services.

Carers assessment

Most services are provided following the identification of need through a Carer’s Assessment. If the carer is not eligible for a Carer’s Assessment, because he or she does not carry out a substantial amount of care on a regular basis, then local authorities have the discretion to provide support to the carer without an assessment having been carried out. Charges should also be waived in this situation. 

There are some limitations to waiving of charges around short breaks, driving lessons and taxi fares, and household tasks. The briefing below goes into greater detail about these limitations and the impact on carers who are receiving these kinds of services and support.

This right of carers not to be charged for support applies to services provided to both adult carers and to young carers for services provided under the Social Care (Self-directed support) (Scotland) Act 2013 and under S22 of the Children (Scotland) Act 1995.

Carers Trust Scotland, along with the other national carer organisations, has produced an easy-read briefing about PDF iconwaiving of charges for carers who are receiving self-directed support.

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Young Carer Services

Young carers’ services provide a level of expertise in supporting young carers that universal services, by virtue of being universal, cannot provide.
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Young carers’ services provide a level of expertise in supporting young carers that universal services, by virtue of being universal, cannot provide.

Many are able to be flexible and creative in how they deliver services. By championing the needs of young carers and families, many local services have also driven forward strategic change and workforce development in local areas.

Early intervention

Young carer services offer a range of early intervention and prevention support to young people with caring responsibilities aimed at:  

  • identifying and supporting young carers early
  • reducing inappropriate or excessive caring roles
  • improving young carers physical, mental and emotional health
  • reducing barriers to accessing and sustaining education, training and employment
  • Improving young carers’ life chances and helping them reach their potential.

Young carer services range in size and services offered, with funding coming from a range of sources including local authorities and voluntary sector grants.

Many young carer’s services have now also adopted a whole family approach. Many are now assessing and responding to the needs of the whole family by directly supporting families or by actively coordinating the support of other services.

Different types of activities offered include

  • activities and breaks
  • peer and community support, including young carers groups and peer mentoring schemes
  • information, advice and guidance, including 1:1 support and age appropriate information
  • emotional support
  • advocacy
  • brokerage and support planning
  • training in subjects such as health and safety, wellbeing and life skills
  • supporting families and young carers to apply for appropriate benefits
  • emergency planning support
  • whole family support
  • raising awareness and upskilling the workforce, including engagement with education, health and social care professionals
  • Young carers informing service development.

Where are young carer services located?

The Children's Society website has a map of young carers projects around the UK. Use the postcode, address or county search to zoom in to find local projects.

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Who are young carers?

Young carers are children and young people under 18 years old who provide unpaid care to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.
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Young carers are children and young people under 18 years old who provide unpaid care to a family member who is physically or mentally ill, disabled or misuses substances.

The tasks and level of caring undertaken by young carers can vary according to the nature of the illness or disability, the level and frequency of need for care and the structure of the family as a whole.

A young carer may undertake some or all of the following:

  • practical tasks such as cooking, housework, shopping
  • physical care such as lifting, helping up the stairs and physiotherapy
  • personal Care such as dressing, washing and helping someone go to the toilet
  • emotional support such as listening, calming someone and being present
  • household management such as paying the bills, managing finances and collecting benefits
  • looking after siblings such as putting to be and walking to school
  • interpreting for parents with hearing or speech impediments or English as an additional language
  • Administering medication such as insulin needles and preparing daily tablets.

How many young carers are there in the UK?

The 2011 census identifies over 200,000 young carers in the UK, but research by the BBC in 2010 indicates that there are as many as 700,000 young carers living in the UK.

Hidden carers

Carers remain hidden for many reasons including:

  • they do not realise that they are a carer or that their life is different to their peers
  • their parent’s do not realise that their children are carers
  • they worry that the family will be split up and taken into care
  • they don’t want to be any different from their peers
  • their parent’s condition is not obvious so people don’t think that they need any help
  • there has been no opportunity to share their story
  • They see no reason or positive actions occurring as a result of telling their story.

Why do young carers need your support?

Young carers often go unnoticed in their communities, but the negative impacts of caring on young people can be very real and enduring. If left unsupported young carers can take on responsibilities that will have a lasting effect on their health and wellbeing, friendships and life opportunities.

Many young carers experience issues with their:

  • physical health: often severely affected by caring through the night, repeatedly lifting a heavy adult, poor diet and lack of sleep
  • emotional wellbeing: stress, tiredness and mental ill-health are common for young carers
  • isolation: feeling different or isolated from their peers and with limited social opportunities
  • Lack of a stable environment: traumatic life changes such as bereavement, family break-up, losing income and housing, or seeing the effects of an illness or addiction.

The wider impacts of these effects can be felt on a young carer in their education, employment and their health and wellbeing.

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Triangle of Care Resources

Network Partners, carers’ organisations and mental health service providers can now promote the Triangle of Care to carers, professionals and service users with these specially designed leaflets and posters.
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Leaflets and poster templates promoting Triangle of Care 

Network Partners, carers’ organisations and mental health service providers can now promote the Triangle of Care to carers, professionals and service users with these specially designed leaflets and posters. 

The leaflets and posters include:

These leaflets and posters can be downloaded and used locally as there is space for contact details and an organisation’s logo to promote the national messages of the Triangle of Care project.

In addition services who are implementing the Triangle of Care and are considering how to measure outcomes from implementation may benefit from the Outcomes Briefing which has been developed in consultation with all services who are currently working on the Triangle of Care in mental health.

FileMeasuring outcomes from the Triangle of Care

Triangle of Care Learning Event Presentations

Carers Trust's second learning event took place on 28 April 2016, bringing together mental health services, carers, Network Partners and third sector organisations to look at the progress Triangle of Care has made and how this can be sustained.

All the presenters have agreed to share their presentations and they can be found below.

FileGreater Manchester West Presentation One

Office presentation iconNorthumberland, Tyne & Wear Presentation Two

Office presentation iconSomerset Presentation Three

FileNorfolk & Suffolk Presentation Four

FileTriangle of Care in Education Presentation Five

FileLeeds & York Forensic Services Presentation Six

Carers Trust held a Triangle of Care Learning Event in May 2013 in Manchester. The event brought together statutory mental health providers, third sector organisations, Network Partners and carers to share good practice, learn more about implementing the Triangle of Care in their organisation and how to work in partnership to achieve implementation.

All the presenters and workshop leads, kindly agreed to share their presentations after the event. 

Further Information

The following documents have been created for the benefit of carers and professional service providers:

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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.
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Mental HealthAlcohol MisuseSubstance MisuseSecondary CareAcute Care
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PreventionWellbeingCarer awarenessIdentifying carers
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Health carePrimary careHospitalsMental health careHealth and wellbeingCarers servicesCarers involvementCommissioning for carersCommissioning for young carers
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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, Carers Included: A Guide to Best Practice in Mental Health Care in England (PDF, 241KB) 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. Although the Triangle of Care uses the language of mental health with a little imagination it can easily be used in children's, older people's, learning disability and substance misuse services.

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.

There are a wealth of good practice examples cited in the Triangle of Care guide, these are held on the RCN Virtual Ward (with even more not listed).

Our new guide for mental health professionals working in children and young people’s mental health services in England

See our latest guide, published on 10 October 2019 – The Triangle of Care for Children and Young People’s Mental Health Services (CYP MHS).

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

The Triangle of Care Carers Included: A Guide to Best Practice in Mental Health Care in Scotland has been produced in partnership with agencies throughout Scotland including Scottish Government, NHS Scotland, NHS health boards, local authorities throughout Scotland, Mental Welfare Commission Scotland, Support in Mind Scotland, Scottish Recovery Network and many dedicated Network Partners, carers and professionals. 

PDF iconThe Triangle of Care Carers Included: A Guide to Best Practice in Mental Health Care in Scotland

The Triangle of Care for Young Carers and Young Adult Carers, A Guide for Mental Health Professionals

The Triangle of Care programme has identifed that many frontline staff are unaware of who young carers are and what their needs are. Thanks to the support of NHS England, Carers Trust has produced a supplementary resource to support staff to understand the needs of young and young adult carers, what the challenges are to identifying them and how to overcome them. The resource supports the wider implementation of the Triangle of Care and works to ensure that all carers are included and supported by mental health services.

You can download a copy of the resource here: PDF iconTriangle of Care for Young and Young Adult Carers

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.

England Regional Groups

Regional groups have been established in all parts of England; the majority of NHS mental health providers 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. A number of group members have taken the next step to formally embed Triangle of Care in their services by joining the membership scheme.

Find out if your local NHS mental health provider has joined the membership scheme.

If your organisation is interested in joining your regional group please email policy@carers.org.

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