Mind Jersey launches Carers Included: A guide to best practice in Mental Health Care in Jersey

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Mind Jersey is proud to have initiated the local introduction of the Triangle of Care Best Practice Guide for Jersey. This new and ground-breaking resource has been developed in partnership with Adult Mental Health Services, Carers and Health and Social care professionals and it is to be formally launched on Tuesday 14th June at the Hotel de France at 1800 hours.

The Guide, sub titled ‘Carers Included’, has been developed in conjunction with the Carers Trust in England and Wales. The Trust is a major charity for, with and about carers, and has combined the knowledge, skills, expertise and experience of its founder charities – The Princess Royal Trust for Carers and Crossroads Care – and all of its Network Partners. One of its key priorities continues to be the promotion of The Triangle of Care and Mind Jersey has been working hard to get this new framework in place here in Jersey.

For the first time the guide will provide a solid foundation upon which the relationship between service user, health professional and family/carer(s) should be built. The model of carer inclusion and support has proved very successful in mental health services in the UK and aims to improve the experiences of unpaid carers of any age irrespective of whom they care for. The guide carries the Carers Trust ‘Kite-Mark’ and is now widely recognised as the model of inclusion for carers in services beyond mental health. Locally this is reflected in the interest that has been shown in the guide by members of the Jersey Association of Carers Incorporated (JACI).

James Le Feuvre, Executive Director of Mind Jersey, said: “It is especially fitting that news of the launch of this guide occurs during national Carers Week. For the first time key standards are established and these include recognition of the essential role that carers play in supporting their loved ones. We are delighted to now be in the position to launch this guide; it follows the excellent model developed by the Carers Trust and we are delighted that Ruth Hannan, one of the key architects of the guide, can join us to help formally launch the document on Tuesday 14th June”.

Mind Jersey provides a Family and Carers’ support service which aims to make lives better for the family and friends of those experiencing mental illness through the provision of information, advice and support.

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