Triangle of Care Membership Scheme

Triangle of Care Membership Scheme

As the number of mental health providers working to embed the Triangle of Care standards in their organisation continues to grow, Carers Trust felt it was important to offer some recognition of this work and developed the Triangle of Care membership scheme.

Key Points: 

  • The number of mental health providers working to embed the Triangle of Care standards in their organisation continues to grow.
  • A three stage recognition process for services.
  • Carers Trust has developed a simple membership scheme and application process.
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22/11/16

Triangle of Care Membership Scheme (England only)

As the number of mental health providers working to embed the Triangle of Care standards in their organisation continues to grow, Carers Trust felt it was important to offer some recognition of this work and developed the Triangle of Care membership scheme. A three stage recognition process for services who commit to self-assessing their existing services and action planning to ensure the Triangle of Care standards are achieved. The membership scheme is not a "kitemark" scheme that shows work has ended but is to recognise long term commitment from mental health providers who are working towards cultural change.

Carers Trust has developed a simple membership scheme and application process. 

What does being a member mean?

When a Mental Health Trust joins the Triangle of Care membership scheme, they are basically committing to changing the culture of their organisation to one that is carer inclusive and supportive. They do this by completing self-assessment for all their services in partnership with carers and then work on what needs to change to ensure carers are part of the core business of their Trust.

What do the gold stars mean?

Trusts who join the membership scheme and complete the appropriate stages for their organisation receive an award to recognise their commitment. For Mental Health Trusts this is up to two stars and for Trusts that are integrated there is a third star. They receive the first for completing stage one (self-assessing all inpatient and crisis teams) and then committing to improve. The second gold star is for completing self-assessments for all of their community services. This is all mental health, learning disability, older people and dementia and substance misuse services. Trusts who are integrated (provide community physical health services), they receive a third star if they complete self-assessment in all of their physical health services.

The gold stars aren't to signifiy that they are carer inclusive but that they are committed to being, that they are being honest about where they are now and where they need to be to ensure carers are better identified and supported.

The documents you will need to join the membership scheme are:

A number of organisations provide services that the existing Triangle of Care self-assessment would not be suitable for. These services fall into two categories: limited contact services (for example Liaison Psychiatry) and Community Health Services (for example district nursing). As such we have developed some additional guidance to help these services implement the Triangle of Care as well as a "universal" self-assessment tool.

Mental health providers are recommended to use the Triangle of Care Implementation Toolkit to ensure all elements required for successful implementation are in place, you can find full information on the toolkit here: Triangle of Care Toolkit - A Resource for Mental Health Service Providers.

As a requirement of membership, mental health providers must have carer partners who will act as critical friends to the process. Carers Trust has developed guidance to support carers and carer organisations to act as critical friends and the process to be as successful and positive as possible. You can download the Carer Toolkit here: PDF iconTriangle of Care Toolkit for Carers & Carer Organisations

You can download the documents here:

PDF iconTriangle of Care Guidance for Limited Contact Services

PDF iconTriangle of Care Guidance for Community Health Services

Microsoft Office document iconTriangle of Care Self -Assessment Tool for Community Health Services

Mental Health Trusts who have joined the Triangle of Care Membership Scheme (updated September 2016) are:

New members undertaking Stage One:

  • Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Kent and Medway NHS and Social Care Partnership Trust
  • Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Livewell South West
  • Bradford District Care Foundation Trust
  • Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust
  • Devon Partnership NHS Trust
  • Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust
  • West London Mental Health NHS Trust

Members who completed Stage One and currently undertaking Stage Two:

  • Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
  • Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust
  • Norfolk & Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
  • South Staffordshire & Shropshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • 2gether NHS Foundation Trust
  • Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

Trusts who have completed Stage One and Two:

  • Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
  • Mersey Care NHS Trust
  • Greater Manchester West Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Berkshire Healthcare
  • Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Somerset Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
  • Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
  • Cambridgeshire & Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
  • Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust