Kathryn Hill, Director of England at Carers Trust, responded today to the interim report of the independent review of the Mental Health Act, saying:

“We are pleased to see the panel recommending that, in order to make the Mental Health Act work for everyone, carers need to be as fully involved in treatment discussions as possible, that carers should be treated with dignity and respect, and that there needs to be a focus on carers’ wellbeing too.

“However, in 2018, it’s astonishing that unpaid carers are still not always being involved as partners in care. We know that in general the NHS is underfunded, with particular pressures in mental health services and that staff are overstretched, but taking the time to involve and support carers properly would make a difference to staff, patients and carers alike.

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

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Carers Trust response to Committee Chair rejecting Government non-response on employment support for carers

Giles Meyer, CEO, Carers Trust, said: 

“What hope is there for England’s five million unpaid carers who are having a hard time juggling work and their caring roles, when the very committee overseeing the Department for Work and Pensions suggests the Department needs to ‘go away and try again’.

Carers Trust response to Children and Young People's Mental Health Green Paper

Giles Meyer, CEO, Carers Trust, said: 
“It is unclear how young carers’ mental health will be improved and supported based on the government’s response to this consultation. It feels very limited in its ambition.

Carers Trust responds to Care Quality Commission’s Beyond Barriers report

Speaking today, Giles Meyer, CEO, said:

“The findings of the CQC’s Beyond Barriers report are not a surprise, based on what Carers Trust regularly hears from local carers services and unpaid carers: local health and social care systems are not working together effectively for older people.