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.”