As part of our ongoing commitment to carers and our strategy to support them,  we have created a new Carer Involvement Lead role.

Di Hilson (pictured) will be helping our services to make sure they support carers, and help foster an organisational culture which recognises the importance of carers. Di has worked in programme management and patient involvement within the NHS for 16 years, with roles in acute, community and research sectors of the NHS.

Di says, “I am very excited about the opportunity to take on this position and work with colleagues across the Trust to further develop improvements in how we support and involve family, friends and carers who come into contact with our services. This can be done in a variety of ways, and I look forward to the challenge.

“I can already see that a lot of services are doing some great work and there is a lot of enthusiasm out there to work with carers. We must ensure that we are learning from the things we are doing well and that we take a consistent approach across the whole of the Trust.”

Di is spending her initial weeks in her new role visiting services across the Trust to introduce herself, the scope of the role and to gain an understanding of how she can provide support to develop our work with carers.

Our work with family, friends and carers has been nationally recognised through the Triangle of Care two star accreditation, from the Carers Trust. This accreditation scheme was developed in collaboration by NHS staff as well as carers, and the accreditation recognises that the trust already meets high standard of practice.

Di will continue this work as we aim for three star accreditation, rolling this out across physical health services such as our community hospitals, district nursing and therapy teams, and children’s health services.