Triangle of Care

The Triangle of Care guide was launched in July 2010 by The Princess Royal Trust for Carers (now Carers Trust) and the National Mental Health Development Unit to highlight the need for better involvement of carers and families in the care planning and treatment of people with mental ill health.

As a trust, we are committed to the Triangle of Care approach and have now successfully completed our first audit. We are delighted we have our Triangle of Care membership accreditation.

There's still work to be done. We've now completed the audit within our inpatient services. Our next task is to achieve our second star after we have completed our community services audit. We will update this page to keep you informed on our progress. You can read more about Triangle of Care within the Carers Trust document on the right hand side of this page. Alternatively, take a look at the Summer 2017 issue of Connected.

The key elements of Triangle of Care:

  1. Carers and the essential role they play are identified at first contact or as soon as possible thereafter.
  2. Staff are ’carer aware’ and trained in carer engagement strategies.
  3. Policy and practice protocols re: confidentiality and sharing information are in place.
  4. Defined post(s) responsible for carers are in place.
  5. A carer introduction to the service and staff is available, with a relevant range of information across the acute care pathway.
  6. A range of carer support services is available.

Carer champions

There are carer champions in every team in KMPT. The role of the carer champion is to support their teams to support carers. They undertake this role in addition to their usual responsibilities as they have expressed a particular empathy with and recognition of the value of carers.

This includes promoting carer awareness to their colleagues as well as being a designated point of contact for carers They will try to keep carers in mind and champion the carers' voice.