Carers Trust Scotland has launched a new guide to develop awareness of carers’ needs amongst healthcare professionals and to recognise carers as partners in care. The Triangle of Care: A Guide to Best Practice in Mental Health Care in Scotland is an alliance between service user, carer and staff member that promotes safety, supports recovery and sustains wellbeing.

Karen Martin, Mental Health Development Co-ordinator for Carers Trust Scotland, said:

“Triangle of Care assists staff to look at how they are identifying and supporting carers, and what needs to be done to improve/increase this. It provides frontline staff with the tools to better support carers as part of the care team and to work in partnership with organisations supporting carers.

“Feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive with healthcare professionals and carers already seeing the benefits.”

One carer said: "Having staff recognise that you are not just the wife, but also provide a lot of emotional care and support can make all the difference. I think this can only be a good thing for carers, staff and patients. I'm going to be asking my husband's team what they know about Triangle of Care."

Contact Karen Martin at kmartin@carers.org or 07780 001 030 to find out more about the guide.