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Trust networks and resources

Linking up with colleagues

The Trust has set up two email networks for statutory professionals who lead on carers' and / or young carers' issues for a local authority, PCT or other statutory body, which are free to join.

For information and equiries relating to carers and young carers in Scotland, please see the Trust contacts below.

Carers leads - England

Carers leads in local authorities and PCTs can join this network by sending a blank email to: carersleads-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

This will provide you with the following:

  • membership of an email group where network members can ask other members questions and request resources, such as strategies, from other authorities (traffic is pre-moderated to ensure you are not deluged or spammed)
  • a short bi-monthly ebulletin on policy developments, good practice and funding streams

View the latest Carers Leads Bulletins

Carers leads - Scotland

  • An introduction to the Scottish National Party’s legislative programme
  • Recognition of carers in Health Commission report
  • New Care Partnership Manager roles within Jobcentre Plus
  • Information on the Green Paper

Policy Insight brief Sep 2009 (245 KB)

For information on policy and practice for carers in Scotland, please contact Policy Officer for Scotland Lynn Williams, Development Manager (Scotland) Ann Allcoat or Moffat Project Coordinator Sheena MacKinnon.

Young carers leads

Statutory professionals working with young carers can join an email group linking non-Princess Royal Trust professionals, which provides access to information, support and good practice sharing opportunities. Sign up by emailing: ycleadprofessionals-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

For further enquiries on young carers' issues, please contact Anna Morris in England and Louise Morgan in Scotland.

Mental Health, Substance Misuse and Dual Diagnosis

For more information on issues surrounding supporting young and adult carers of people with mental health problems, substance misuse or dual diagnosis, contact the mental health lead at the London Office

Learning Disabilities

Those working with family carers of people with learning disabilities, or with carers who have learning disabilities themselves, can get further information from Cath Baker, Policy and Development Officer (Learning Disabilities), who works across The Trust and Crossroads Care.

Her remit is to:
• promote access to existing resources,
• identify and develop best practice,
• develop new networks and strengthen existing networks with external statutory and voluntary sector partners and
• promote better public and professional understanding of these groups of carers.

eBulletin July 2010 (113 KB)

Better Commissioning

Our guidance on good commissioning practice was written for our network of third sector providers, but has been found to be useful by a number of carers leads and other commissioners. We are currently discussing a version for commissioners themselves with DH – more news during Autumn 2008.

Trust guidance: Commissioning and Procurement (65 KB)

Quality Standards for Adult and Young Carers' Services
This guide will help ensure that carers have a voice, both locally and nationally. By using this guide an organization will be able to assess its weaknesses and strengths and demonstrate the quality of its services to carers, funders and commissioners.

To order your copy of the guide, email rclark@carers.org. Each copy costs £20 plus VAT which includes both packaging and postage.

Quality Guide (0.9 MB)

Carers Trust briefings

Trust & Crossroads briefing: NHS 10 year plan consultation (497 KB)
Trust & Crossroads briefing: NHS Draft Constitution (492 KB)
Trust & Crossroads New National Carers Strategy briefing (network version) (514 KB)
Trust & Crossroads New National Carers Strategy briefing (carers’ version) (506 KB)