16 August 2010
LU elects to speak up for Care
The Trust's Carer Engagement and Service User
Involvement Manager, Lu Duhig spoke recently at the House of
Commons to help launch The Triangle of Care document.
The Triangle of Care is a guide to identify ways to help staff
achieve better collaboration and partnership with carers in the
service users and carer's journey through a typical acute episode.
In layman's terms, it helps to bring together the knowledge of all
people involved in the care of a service user, with the aim of
creating a fuller picture of their needs.
Lu, who has been closely involved in the preparation and
research on the project, believes that the approach will make a
marked difference to the way care is identified and administered:
"Family members and significant others have the best knowledge of
the person as they were [prior to an acute episode] and so it helps
the professional making the care plan, to make it more informed and
reflective of their needs," she told Ourspace, AWP's intranet.
Speaking at the House of Commons to an audience of MPs, carers
and national leads on the Acute Care Programme, Lu discussed her
own experience of being a carer and a campaigner for the inclusion
of carers and families. She was also able to talk of her delight
that AWP is cited in the Triangle of Care guide as a key
example of good practice.
"We are now looking at an area in the Trust where pilot projects
in the Triangle of Care approach may be started, " said Lu. "The
work the Trust has carried out with the Productive Ward programme
dovetails into the aims of the Triangle of Care. Overall we hope
that it will create an improved service for carers and service
users and make their lives better."
You can find out more about the Triangle of Care work by
visiting Acute Care