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Carers and Hospital Staff Discuss Greater Support for Carers

Note: Following is a blog post from our guest contributor Beryl who is the Development Manager (South East) at Princess Royal Trust for Carers

I was at the launch event of The Princess Royal Carers Out of Hospital Report yesterday afternoon and….it was really exciting! Sounds an odd thing to say about a formal do but it was exciting because everyone there was determined to take practical steps to put the report into action and to improve support in hospitals for carers.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN), represented yesterday by Dr. Peter Carter, fully endorsed the report. He suggested that RCN work together with The Princess Royal Trust for Carers to make the changes that will improve support carers and families receive in hospitals and at discharge.

Carers, carers’ workers and hospital staff were at the launch to tell us about the partnership work they are already doing to change things for the better for carers. In Swindon, for example, the hospital trust have taken a very practical step towards sorting out hospital systems so that carers can be identified and supported.

Jim, who cared for his partner, a patient in Barnet hospital, told us about the difference it had made to him having the support of a hospital based carers worker. Jim made contact with the worker after seeing a poster in the hospital lift. He even called for the better publicity of information about the support available to carers within and beyond the hospital setting: “Aeroplanes should be up there skywriting it!” he said.

Not sure if we can sort out the skywriting but The Princess Royal Trust for Carers will be continuing to work in partnership with the RCN and with hospital trusts, carers’ centres, carers, health commissioners and policy makers to get the word out on supporting carers and families in hospitals and at discharge and on getting that support in place. I’ll report back to you in a couple of months time on how we’re doing. Meanwhile please do feel free to share the Out of Hospital report key messages and statements of support with your local hospital.

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July 22, 2010 - Posted by | Health | , , , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. My son recently spent some time in hospital. I did talk to staff in pre-op meetings before hand but I felt they did not listen and assumptions were made about his label of autism.
    The outcome was very traumatic not only for my son and myself but staff as well.

    Comment by Casdok | July 24, 2010 | Reply

  2. How many times do CARERS need to be identified,and for what purpose. None of these fancy proposals will achieve anything if the lot of CARERS is not improved by the nation as a whole, waking up and realising that a CARE SERVICE has been up and running for a long time before the latest band of “JOHNY CUM LATELY,S” appeared on the scene.
    CARERRS NEED REAL SUPPORT
    CARER SUPPORT HAS TO BE PAYED FOR
    CARERS AT THE MOMENT ARE NOTHING MORE THAN UNPAID BEARERS OF THE NATIONS CONSCIENCE.

    IF ALL OF YOU OTHERS OUT THERE AND THE LEADERS OF THIS NATION WANT TO REALLY DO SOMETHING WORTHWHILE THEN PUT HAND YOUR IN POCKETS AND REALISE THAT FOR TO LONG YOU HAVE BEEN GETTING SOMETHING FOR NOTHING,ITS TIME TO COUNT THE REAL COST AND PAY UP.

    BY THE WAY EVEN IF NOTHING IS DONE AND IT PROBABLY WILL NOT BE, CARERS WILL STILL CARRY ON AND PAY THE REAL COST.

    Comment by Taras Kurylak | July 26, 2010 | Reply

  3. Very Interesting!
    Thank You!

    Comment by Gealgeheria | August 15, 2010 | Reply

  4. I was a paid carer for our son with mental health problems. He is 33. When I became 60, that money was replaced by state pension, which made me feel I was not valued as a carer – after all, all pensioners would be in receipt of state pension. I also (unpaid) have looked after my husband with severe arthritus in back and feet. I have Type 2 Diabetes and Asthma. The pressure has been so bad that my husband and I have decided to separate after 36yrs of marriage. We have evicted our son – who now receives no help, and we are trying to get our house ready to go on the market which is hugely difficult. All our futures look extremely bleak! For myself, I would like some life for “me”.

    Comment by Mrs Ann Dennis | September 23, 2010 | Reply


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