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Friday 19 April 2019
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Life-changing role of carers backed by Derbyshire Healthcare

Carers Week 2017 - Building Carer Friendly Communities

Expanding on its efforts in promoting the Triangle of Care – a set of standards for how mental health services should identify – once again this year, Derbyshire Healthcare will be seizing the opportunity of Carers Week (12-18 June 2017) to improve understanding and recognition of the vital contributions thousands of life-changing individuals are bringing to the lives of their friends and relatives.

Carers, often unpaid family members or friends, are the backbone of support for many vulnerable people and, for some, the carer is their lifeline without whom they would not be able to cope. Yet for many carers the decision to care can mean a commitment to future poverty and deterioration in their own physical and mental health. Some give up an income, future employment prospects and pension rights to become a carer. 

Derbyshire Healthcare aims to support the work of these unsung heroes and, recognising to the Trust’s determination to ensure that all carers are fully included and supported when the person they care for is using a Derbyshire Healthcare service, the organisation was awarded a Triangle of Care gold star in 2015.

Carers Week: Building carer friendly communities

This year’s annual Carers Week campaign has a nationwide focus on building communities which support carers to look after their loved ones well, while recognising that they are individuals with needs of their own.

During the week, health professionals from Derbyshire Healthcare will be hosting a number of activities and events to celebrate the important role carers play across Derbyshire and the rest of the UK. Additionally, the Trust’s learning disability service staff will also be sharing best practice information about caring for someone with a learning disability with all 119 Derbyshire GP practices and reminding them to register learning disability carers.

Derbyshire Healthcare’s activities and event for Carers Week

Monday 12 June

Carers and Cake Day at Ward 1, London Road Community Hospital. Invitation for carers and family members of patients to visit the ward and enjoy afternoon tea.

Tuesday 13 June

Tea party at Cubley Court, Kingsway Hospital. Invitation for carers and family members of patients to visit the unit and enjoy a buffet lunch followed by games and fun activities including gardening and flower arranging.

Wednesday 14 June

Staff Health Champions Day. A packed agenda concentrating on diabetes, the role of carers, the Trust’s physical health CQUINs for 2017/18, staff health, wellbeing and benefits and the workplace challenge, run by Derbyshire Sport.

Community psychiatric nurse drop-in session at Buxton Minor Injuries from 11am - 2.30pm. An opportunity carers and relatives to ask a mental health professional any mental health-related questions they might have.

Information stall for carers, families and Derbyshire Healthcare employees who also have Caring responsibilities at the Ashbourne Centre, Kingsway Hospital from 10am - 2pm.

Carers Day at the Hartington Unit, Chesterfield Royal Hospital. Invitation for carers and family members of patients to visit the unit for a coffee and support.

Thursday 15 June

Trust’s community psychiatric nurse will be providing advice and support about mental health related-issued at the Celebration of Carers event at the Grapevine Café in Buxton, from, 12pm - 2pm.

Open Visiting Day at Ward 1, London Road Hospital. Invitation for carers and family members of patients to discuss concerns and meet the care team.

Other events taking place throughout Derby and Derbyshire during Carers Week, can be viewed by clicking here.

Support for Derbyshire carers

The Carers in Derbyshire website has been created by a partnership of unpaid carers and local health, social care and voluntary sector organisations to provide help, advice and support to carers at any time of the day or night. Visit the Carers in Derbyshire website at: www.carersinderbyshire.org.uk