If you provide regular support to a relative or friend who is young, elderly or has an illness, including mental health problems, or a disability, you are a carer.

HCT is working in partnership with Carers in Hertfordshire to identify and support carers. HCT values carers and we want to ensure that carers, whether they are a relative, friend or neighbour, have the opportunity to access all of the support they need.

NHS organisations in Hertfordshire and Hertfordshire County Council have all agreed a shared 5-point pathway. (Co-produced with carers by HPFT)

How we support Carers

We have Carers Champions in adult and children's services throughout the Trust.

Our Carers Champions are staff who have all volunteered to take on this additional role. They liaise with staff in their teams to remind everyone of the importance of identifying, valuing and supporting carers.

We discuss your needs as a Carer with you to enable us to signpost you for additional support as required.

For example, we can signpost you to Carers in Herts. Tel: 01992 58 69 69 - Website:

Partnership in Care

Partnership in Care enables carers to be as involved as they want to be while the person they care for is an inpatient. Wards have open visiting hours so that carers can offer support at times that are convenient to them.

If you would like any further information, please contact the HCT Carers Lead.

Tel: 01707 388160 

We have a guide that gives information on how to get help and support in your caring role.
Please click here to download the guide.

In addition, a new handbook has been produced in collaboration with carers, Hertfordshire and West Essex NHS organisations, Hertfordshire County Council and the voluntary sector. Launched in National Carers Week - June 2018 - it is available here.

Tel: 01992 58 69 69

The Hertfordshire County Council website provides useful information about support for carers, click here.