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Mental Health and the Triangle of Care

Triangle Of Care Guide

The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and the National Mental Health Development Unit today published a guide which emphasizes the need for better local strategic involvement of carers and families in the care planning and treatment of people with mental ill-health.

The Triangle of Care - Carers Included: A Best Practice Guide in Acute Mental Health Care”, recommends better partnership working between service users and their carers, and organisations.

Care Services Minister Paul Burstow endorsed the guide, saying: “it shows how professionals, service users and carers can better work together to access the support needed.

“As a society we are becoming more aware that mental health issues touch all of us. One in four of us will experience some kind of mental illness in our lifetime but the wider role of family and friends in helping to care for those affected is still too easily over looked, especially when crisis situations arise.”

Welcoming the guide as an innovative step towards allowing staff in psychiatric wards and acute care settings to work better with service users and their carers, Carole Cochrane, the Chief Executive at The Princess Royal Trust for Carers pointed out that:

“There are currently 1.5m carers in the UK who look after someone with mental health problems, many of whom are also being treated in acute care settings. Sadly, too often we see that carers’ own expertise being ignored by professionals, or carers being left unsupported in their caring role.

“In these uncertain economic times, staff must recognise the values of working in partnership with carers.”

The ‘Triangle of Care’ approach was developed by carers and staff to improve carer engagement in acute inpatient and home treatment services. The guide outlines key elements to achieving this as well as examples of good practice.

Read more about the 'Triangle of Care' and download the Best Practices Guide

Published: 28 July 2010