08 June 2015
Carer's Week: Triangle of Care
A major step forward has been achieved in AWP's drive to
constantly improve working in partnership with carers.
The Trust has been awarded a second star in the
Triangle of Care membership scheme. The main aim of the scheme
is to help staff identify the things that will achieve better
collaboration with carers. It emphasises how bringing together the
knowledge of all people involved in the care of a service user
helps to create a fuller picture of their needs, maintains
important relationships and promotes recovery.
Membership of the scheme was achieved last year followed by a
first star for completing self-assessments of the inpatient and
rehab wards and the Intensive teams. The second star has been
gained as a result of the self-assessment of all outstanding wards,
plus all the community teams.
The next steps and the most important phase will be to build
further on this achievement by working on the action plans for each
area. Staff need to be consistent in the way they work with carers
and to value the collaboration that supports service user
Lu Duhig Service Improvement, Carers, Quality Academy, said, she
was delighted by the commitment of the whole Trust to implementing
the Triangle of Care initiative.
In making the award, Ruth Hannan, Policy and Development Lead
for the Carers Trust, said, "The long term commitment to the value
of Triangle of Care to an organisation and the service users and
carers they serve has been clear in your submission."
"I'm delighted to award you with your second Triangle of Care
gold star which recognises the achievement of self-assessing all
your services and your commitment to carer involvement and
The submission was achieved due to a lot of hard work and effort
from the clinical teams, carer champions, carer leads and indeed
carers themselves who have contributed to the self-assessments and
are helping to deliver the actions. We still have a way to go but
this is a very welcome milestone.