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.
A carer talks to us about how important it is to identify yourself as a carer and to find out about the support that is available to you.
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)
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 586 969
You can complete a carer's assessment via this link. If you would like more information, help, advice or urgent support please call Hertfordshire County Council on 0300 123 4040.
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.
All of our staff receive training in how to identify young carers and what support is available to them.
We have engaged with young carers through attending their young carers youth council meeting and other young carers events. This has enabled us to understand what matters to them and how best to support them.
Our staff signpost young carers to Young Carers in Herts.
Tel: 01992 586969
You can also download the young carers app for Android. The IOS app will be coming later this year.
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.
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