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Support for carers

The trust recognises the vital role carers play in ensuring the health and well being of those they care for. The trust is committed to ensuring a partnership approach to working with carers is adopted. In which the role of carers, along with their expertise and understanding of the patients needs, are recognised and taken into account when planning patient care, treatment and discharge.

Carers may not always perceive themselves as carers and may just consider themselves as partners, relatives or friends. Staff are expected to help carers recognise the extent of their involvement and commitment so that their needs as carers can be assessed and supported.

Are you a carer?

Do you provide help and (unpaid) support to a partner, child, relative, friend or neighbour who could not manage without your help? The person you care for may have a physical or learning disability, dementia, mental health problem, may misuse drugs or alcohol or may be ill or frail. The person may live with you or elsewhere, may be an adult or a child but if they rely on you for support, then you are a carer

Tell us you are a carer and ask what we can do to support you

Identifying carers as soon as possible in an episode of care so that their role in supporting patient can be acknowledged from the outset and their needs addressed within the plan of care

The trust recognises that carers have a unique expertise and skill in understanding the needs of the person in their care and staff are encouraged to listen to and respect carer’s views, so tell us about the person you care about.

We recognise that carers themselves may be admitted as patients will require advice and support their expected recovery to make plans for your cared for.

What carers can expect from us

What we can provide for you

Need help and advice – then contact our carers lead

Sarah Akoni is the trust carers lead and can be contacted via the following:

Mobile - 07341 478484
Email sarah.akoni@whht.nhs.uk

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