COVID-19 Carer Advice:
We have provided some helpful advice for carers during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in this leaflet: CWPT COVID-19 Carer Advice.pdf [pdf] 175KB
Mental Health Act Reform Public Consultation
Letters From Loved Ones launched to help families and friends
The Trust has launched ‘Letters From Loved Ones’ to help families and friends share messages and photographs with inpatients at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust during the ongoing pandemic.
Due to current visitor restrictions, the Trust’s Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) acknowledged how difficult it can be not being able to see loved ones, and how important it is to stay in touch. PALS will help families and friends get their messages to our inpatients.
Messages and photos can be sent to: Patient.Experience@covwarkpt.nhs.uk. Alternatively, a dedicated number has been set up: 024 7653 6804 which is open from 8am to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Please include the recipient’s full name, date of birth and ward name, so it goes to the right person, and you will also need to include your name.
What is a carer?
A carer is someone who provides unpaid care either frequently or infrequently to a person with care needs. Their care needs may be physical, psychological or emotional and they may or may not receiving care and treatment from our Trust. Many carers are related to the person they care for, but some are friends, neighbours or volunteers.
Our Trust sets out in its Vision and Values the intention to work together with carers to ensure the engagement and involvement of all.
The Trust provides services over a wide geographical area to people of all ages, including many children, elderly and also vulnerable adults, many of whom will have a carer. We also are developing a Carers Charter in collaboration with partners, and this will be published here as soon as this is available.
Read what the Carers Trust has to say about ‘What is a Carer?’
The Triangle of Care
The Triangle of Care is a service which brings together carers, service users and professionals. It aims to promote safety and recovery for people with mental health issues and to encourse thier wellbeing by including and supporting thier carers.
Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust is rolling out the Triangle of Care initiative which will enable us to work productively with carers across the Trust to enable their involvement in care and treatment wherever possible.
We have joined the Carers Trust and are committed to supporting and working co-productively with carers and people who use our services.
For more information see the guidance below or visit the Carers Trust website.
The Care Act 2014
The Care Act is an act of parliament which came into force in 2015. It sets out how organisations like the NHS and local authorities must meet the needs of carers. Any carer in need of support has the right to an assessment.
Coventry City Council's Carer Aware training found here includes a very comprehensive list of useful contacts.
A free online resource for those looking after their loved ones. Access it here.
Recommended resources for carers
Below are websites and factsheets we recommend you read:
NHS associated resources
- NHS Benefits Guide
- Coventry E-Bulletin Jan 2021 for Carers
- Coventry Carer's Bulletin - October 2021
- Hardship Support Leaflet
All about finances
- Carers Trust
- Carers Support Information
- Carers UK
- Age UK
- AGE UK Dementia leaflet
- In Our Place
- Working and Learning - Carers Trust
- Work and Career - Carers UK
- Looking after someone - Carers UK
- Looking After Someone with Dementia
- Alzheimer’s Society Carer Support
- Dementia – Supporting Carers
- Dementia – Top Tips from Carers
- Latest Carer news from A Caring Mind. To sign up for the carers' newsletter, please click on the link.
Find out what events, resources and news updates are available in your local area:
City council provision: Support for carers
Coventry Carers' Bulletin:
- Coventry Carers' Bulletin, January 2021
- Coventry Carers' Bulletin February 2021
- Coventry Carers' Bulletin, March 2021
- Coventry Carers' Bulletin, April 2021
- Coventry Carers' Bulletin, June 2021
- Coventry Carer's Bulletin - July 2021
Council provision: Support for carers
Mental Health Service: Support - Mental Health and Wellbeing Support
Apply for a Warwickshire County Council Carer's assessment online
City council provision: Support for carers
Go CV Discounts for Carers:
Did you know if you or someone you know is an unpaid carer, you can register for a free Go CV card and be entitled to Go CV+ - the highest level of discount for Coventry residents on partner events, activities and attractions?
Caring for someone can heavily impact physical health and mental wellbeing, and likely affect opportunities to spend time with wider friends and family and do the things you enjoy, especially in light of Covid-19. All you need to do is register with the Carers Trust Heart of England who will provide you with a letter to confirm you are a carer.
Then sign up for a free Go CV card online, remembering to confirm you are a Carer to get Go CV+ level of discount. Once you have an account you can easily upload a copy of your carer’s letter, plus see your virtual card and card number on your mobile device.
Here’s just some of the benefits of having a card with Go CV+ discounts:
- Free entry to Coventry Transport Museum
- Reduced admission to the Wave Waterpark
- Reduced admission to Coventry Music Museum – including Ghost Town 2 Host Town Exhibition
- Discounts on CV Life gym membership, swimming and exercise classes
- Huge discounts on Adult Education Courses
- Season ticket offers for Coventry Bears
- Plus exclusive giveaway competitions and offers
If you or a member of your household receive qualifying benefits, are a student or aged between 16-19 in full-time education you also entitled to Go CV+ prices, wherever you see them displayed.