Carers Trust welcomes the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s follow-up report today on the unsafe discharge of patients from hospital.

Carers Trust was pleased to be able to provide evidence both as an invited witness and also in a written submission to the Committee highlighting the impact of unsafe discharge of unpaid carers.

We are very pleased that the Committee has recognised the need to include and inform unpaid carers. The Committee’s clear conclusion that the lack of involvement and information provided to unpaid carers about discharge is unacceptable and we welcome its call to the Department of Health and NHS England to analyse the situation and promote improved communication with unpaid carers.

Carers Trust over a number of years has highlighted the issue of the need to better include and support carers. Through our older carers and Triangle of Care work we clearly demonstrate the impact unpaid carers can have on discharge for the good of the patient, the professional the carer themselves if they are included and supported in this process.

Ruth Hannan (who was a witness at the Committee) states: “With growing pressures on health and social care through reduced funding, it is more important than ever that carers are recognised by health and social care and that they work together to ensure that patients and carers needs are central to all service design and staff training.”

Further info:

Read the PACAC report: Follow-up to PHSO report on unsafe discharge from hospital

Join our Speak up for Older Carers campaign

Find out about the Triangle of Care project with mental health providers