“Carers of people with mental health issues must be involved as equal and expert partners in care, and we welcome the Review’s recommendations around increasing support – including advocacy – for unpaid carers.

Speaking today in response to the Independent Review of the Mental Health Act, Kathryn Hill, Director of England at Carers Trust, said:

“Carers of people with mental health issues must be involved as equal and expert partners in care, and we welcome the Review’s recommendations around increasing support – including advocacy – for unpaid carers. 

“Caring for someone who is having a mental health crisis brings particular challenges. Too often carers of people experiencing mental health issues aren’t kept in the loop due to misunderstanding of confidentiality rules, or they are not consulted on care and discharge plans.

“The new Nominated Person role, recommended in the Independent Review, will mean that carers can feel confident they are a wanted partner in care of the person with mental health issues. It’s also important that carers who aren’t the Nominated Person are listened to and involved – carers have valuable information to share with professionals about care that has worked in the past, and will often be the first person to spot that someone’s mental health is getting worse or approaching a crisis.

“It’s important that Trusts in England and Local Health Boards in Wales understand how to support carers of people from all of Britain’s diverse communities, as well as people with mental health issues themselves.

“Implementing the Triangle of Care approach, developed by carers and staff to improve carer engagement in acute inpatient services and which recognises their valuable expertise, is a way for staff on acute wards to support and involve carers. 

“Like any recommendations, the devil is in the detail, and we look forward to working with the Government and the NHS to deliver these recommendations.” 

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For further information, please contact: 

Matt Whitticase, Senior Marketing and Communications Manager at Carers Trust.
T: 07824 539481 / E: mwhitticase@carers.org

Notes to Editor:

Carers Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers. We work to improve support, services and recognition for anyone living with the challenges of caring, unpaid, for a family member or friend who is ill, frail, disabled or has mental health or addiction problems. www.carers.org  

We do this with a UK wide network of quality assured independent partners and through the provision of grants to help carers get the extra help they need to live their own lives. With these locally based Network Partners we are able to support carers in their homes through the provision of replacement care, and in the community with information, advice, emotional support, hands on practical help and access to much needed breaks. We offer specialist services for carers of people of all ages and conditions and a range of individually tailored support and group activities.