Are you a carer?
The term ‘carer’ should not be confused with a care-worker, or care assistant, who has a contract of employment to provide care to someone. A carer is someone who looks after a relative or friend with a disability or an illness which means they cannot manage without help. You may live with the person you care for or they might live elsewhere. You may be a full time carer or juggling a job and caring for someone. If you are a carer, there are many ways of getting support for yourself.
Our Carers Strategy is a five-year plan (2013-18), recognising the essential role carers play in providing support to loved ones with mental health problems or learning disabilities and ensuring that carers receive timely support that helps them to carry on caring should they wish to do so. Click here to view the strategy.
The Triangle of Care (TOC) is a service that brings together carers, service users and professionals. It aims to promote safety and recovery for people with mental health issues and to encourage their wellbeing by including and supporting their carers. For more information click here.
Our Carer Handbook is designed to give carers of mental health service users an overview of what to expect from Hertfordshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and what information and support is available to you.
Additional carer information:
If you are a carer for someone who has accessed or who is accessing the Trust’s services, you may wish to join the Carer Council.