Posted: November 22 2018
Ruth Bradford (HCT’s Engagement Manager & Carers Lead) and Carole Whittle (Health & Wellbeing Manager, Carers in Hertfordshire)
Congratulations to the Hertfordshire and West Essex STP (which includes Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust), who last night won their joint award from the HSJ for System Led Support for Carers. Their award was for the successful interventions that have gone to create a carer friendly system, with less bureaucratic interferences, reducing risk of depression and isolation amongst potentially stigmatised carers. HCT helped contribute towards the submission with the following elements:
A multi-agency carers’ strategy actually began in Hertfordshire as far back as 1995, supporting unpaid carers. Since then partnerships have broadened and deepened, with good practice being increasingly shared across the region by the STP.
One key aspect of that is carers’ champions. These are now in place across the STP footprint, working in NHS organisations, libraries and the fire service. That way those who are caring for a friend or relative are identified, ensuring appropriate support is then offered.
Read a detailed case study about this project at HSJ Solutions – included is full list of partners involved.
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