The Triangle of Care for dementia guide was launched in Parliament yesterday during an event hosted by Salford and Eccles Labour MP Hazel Blears, vice chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia.

Research by Carers Trust has found that carers of people with dementia are not being adequately supported at critical points in their caring role, which has resulted in a negative impact on the people they are caring for. While the evidence has also shown that involving them in their support can make a real difference to the person being cared for.

We believe that this guide if implemented could transform the lives of carers of people living with dementia.

The guide was co-designed with carers, people with dementia and practitioners and with the support of Dementia UK’s Uniting Carers network. It sets out six key standards to improve the care of people living with dementia by achieving better collaboration between them, the carer and the health professional.

Ms Blears, whose mother Dorothy has dementia, said: “This (the Guide) will also help them to provide the right help and support for carers, who do a wonderful job in caring for their loved ones, and in doing so, relieve the burden on the NHS.

“The Triangle of Care is a great way of ensuring staff, patients and carers talk to one another in all hospitals and I am delighted that Salford Royal has been leading the way in adopting this best practice.”

Thea Stein, Chief Executive of Carers Trust said: “As a result of our work with Mental Health Trusts and implementation of the Triangle of Care model, we know that a significant difference to the quality of care and health outcomes of carers is achievable. But, a fundamental shift in attitudes is needed to really challenge practice that excludes carers. We welcome the fact that the Government’s Mental Health Action Plan recognises the importance of including carers, but change won’t happen unless models like Triangle of Care are fully adopted by all mental health providers”.

“We welcome this opportunity for commissioners to integrate the Triangle of Care into their mental health commissioning models and hope they will take this opportunity to improve the support that carers receive from the NHS.”

The Triangle of Care for dementia builds on a model developed by Carers Trust, working in partnership with the RCN and funded through the RCN Foundation Grants Programme.