01 April 2016

Voice of carers Lu Duhig to retire

LD retiresService Improvement Lead for Carers Lu Duhig is retiring after being the staunch voice of carers in AWP for 15 years.

Lu was first involved with AWP as a voice for carers in 2001, after being asked to give a personal perspective at the launch of the Care Programme Approach.

During Lu's time working for us, she has overseen a transformation in the way that we view carers, with carers being better acknowledged and seen as an important part of the recovery process. This included the launch of the triangle of care work in 2010, where carers are seen as the third part of the care triangle. This has led to better opportunities for carers to be involved, better information sharing and the recognition that carers are often the main support in someone's recovery.

Trust Chairman Tony Gallagher said, "Since I've been associated with the Trust and worked in mental health I have been lucky enough to work with Lu on a number of occasions. She has been a stalwart for supporting carers and has contributed many great pieces of great work including that on the triangle of care. Lu is a good example of someone who really cares, and it comes across in all of her work. Thank you Lu for everything you have done!"

Lu said, "The Trust has come a long way in the way that families and carers are valued and recognised for their contribution. It has been great to be involved in this work supporting staff, service users and carers during the time I've been here."

We are grateful for Lu's hard work and dedication and wish her well for the future.

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