Triangle of care

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Triangle of care logoThe Triangle of Care is a therapeutic alliance between service users, colleagues and carers that promotes safety, supports recovery and sustains wellbeing.

The original Triangle of Care guide was launched in July 2010 by the Carers Trust. It was developed by carers and colleagues to improve how we engage with carers.

At Nottinghamshire Healthcare, the Triangle of Care is used to make sure that unpaid carers, families, siblings and friends are valued, recognised and involved as partners in care.

Unpaid carers develop extensive experience of healthcare services due to having close relationships with the people they care for.  A carers perspective is invaluable in the design and delivery of services.


The Triangle of Care standards

  • Carers, and the essential role that thye play should be identified at first contact with services or as soon as possible thereafter.
  • Colleagues should be aware of carers and trained to engage with them more effectively.
  • Policies and protocols should be in place to ensure confidentiality and improve information sharing with carers.
  • Defined roles such as; Carer Leads and Carer Links, responsible for Carers should be in place.
  • Carers should be introduced to the service and provided with arange of information.
  • A range of carer support services should be available to offer or signpost carers to.


Triangle of Care self-assessment and plan

The Triangle of Care Self-Assessment Plan assesses how we are involving, supporting and communication with unpaid carers and to come up with actions to improve.  The plan should be developed, reviewed and agreed with carers and partner organisations wherever possible. This tool for improvement to see and whare what teams in the Trust do well and to plan for areas where improvement is needed.

The Triangle of Care self assessment tool is a vital resource to enable colleagues, services, carers and patients to look at how a ward or team currently include and support carers.  It enables them to work together to improve their service delivery but also to change the culture of the whole organisation to one of carer inclusion and whole family working.



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