Support and Information for Carers

Carer Update Newsletter

We’ve produced a monthly newsletter for unpaid carers with information and support available during the Coronavirus lockdown. If you’d like to contribute to future issues, please get in touch with us.

Carer Update Newsletters

Support for Carers

Nottinghamshire Healthcare is committed to working in partnership with carers. As part of the Triangle of Care standards, we have nominated Carer Leads and Carer Champions within our services. We also have a number of Carer Support Groups that are run throughout our services. To find out the Carer Lead for your service, ask your care co-ordinator or lead healthcare professional for information.

The main Nottinghamshire Healthcare site also has information and support for families and carers in addition to the links and information we’ve gathered below.

Carers and Confidentiality

We think that it is important to work closely with carers and share information, in order to help in the care and treatment of our service users and patients. To find out more, read our guide to carers and confidentiality.

Carers Connect Network

The Carers Connect Network provides a forum for carers and staff to discuss and influence the progress of the Involvement, Experience and Volunteering strategy and The Triangle of Care. It provides an opportunity to share good practice and to report on progress and areas of improvement or concern to the Trust. To keep you up to date with the latest news the Carers Connect Network are meeting online every month using Microsoft Teams.  For more information, take a look at our dedicated Carers Connect Network page.

If you think you can make a difference come and join us.

Family and Volunteer Support Service, Rampton

Rampton Hospital has its own team that provides advice and support to any family member, friend, carer or volunteer befriender of patients at Rampton Hospital. The Family & Volunteer Support Service is part of the Social Care Service. The team provides advice and support to any family member, friend, carer or volunteer befriender of patients at Rampton Hospital. Take a look at their dedicated pages on the main Nottinghamshire Healthcare website for more specialised information and how to contact them.

Employers for Carers

Nottinghamshire Healthcare are members of the Employers for Carers scheme. This “Carer Confident” benchmarking scheme helps employers build a supportive and inclusive workplace for staff who are or will become carers and to make the most of the talents that carers can bring to the workplace. We will be launching a dedicated Employers for Carers page in 2021.


Carers Week

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much-needed support (carersweek.org/about-us).
Carers Week takes place each year in June. As part of this awareness campaign, we publish blogs and encourage services to make pledges to support and involve carers.

Carers Week Logo

‘We will make caring visible by promoting carers’ stories, contributions and issues and to identify and support our staff who are carers through the Employers for Carers – Carer Confident scheme.’

Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s Carer’s Week Pledge for 2020

See some of our Nottinghamshire Healthcare pledges made during Carers Week 2020

Nottinghamshire Healthcare Pledge

Adult Mental Health Services

Wathwood Hospital

Arnold Lodge

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

Mental Health Services for Older People (MHSOP)

Community Adult Services Nottingham West


Carer Support Organisations

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Nottingham City Council

Information and advice for carers living in Nottingham City.

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Nottinghamshire County Council

Information and advice for carers living in Nottinghamshire.

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Tu Vida

(formerly known as Carers Trust East Midlands) – Information and support for carers in Nottinghamshire county and Nottingham City. In September 2020 the organisation switched to a single, new name to reflect its work to support for carers and their families across all of its locations across the country.

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Rainbow Parents Carers Forum

“We are a parent/carer led organisation whose mission is to ‘Support and Empower Families to be Heard and Achieve Better Outcomes’. We have members from both Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire.”

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Carers UK

“Through our carers’ groups and volunteers we’re reaching out in local communities throughout the UK and online. If you’re new to caring, we want to make sure you get the right support from the start.”

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Do you look after someone?

Nottinghamshire County Council’s Information for Carers booklet.

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Carer’s Hub Nottinghamshire

Carer’s Hub Nottinghamshire Leaflet.

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Carer’s Hub Nottingham

Carer’s Hub for Nottingham City leaflet.

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Nottinghamshire Young Carers Service

Helps young carers take breaks and get hold of information, advice and support when it’s needed. Service provided by Tu Vida (formerly known as Carers Trust East Midlands).

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Advocacy in Nottinghamshire County

Information, advice, support and advocacy in Nottinghamshire County.

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Advocacy in Nottingham City

Information, advice, support and advocacy in Nottingham City.

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Age UK Help for Carers

If you look after a partner, relative or friend who is disabled or ill due to physical or mental health, you are a carer, even if you don’t think of yourself as one. Find out about the emotional, practical and financial support available to you.

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The Carer’s Virtual Roadshow

The Carers Roadshow has been running since 2013, but this year due to the outbreak of COVID-19 it has become virtual! Here is the box set of Virtual Carers Road Show Stalls offering different types of free support and information to all unpaid carers in Nottingham City & County

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Mobilise

Mobilise is a community of unpaid carers supporting each other online using community, tools and resources. Services are free for unpaid carers designed to be useful to a wide variety of caring situations. Services are delivered nationally in the UK. They work with local authorities, local carer centres, carer support organisations and businesses.

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Notts Help Yourself

This website is designed to help people find information about a whole range of organisations and services.

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Ask Lion

Information and support for Carers in Nottingham City

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Carers Council


Allies in Adult Mental Health, Nottinghamshire. A registered charity providing support to those people affected by mental ill health, mostly adults and often supported by their parents the main carers, other relatives and family members and friends.

Carers Federation

Carers Federation

Supporting Carers of All Ages
Young Carer Support, Counselling, Advocacy, Training
Quality Standard in Carer Support


Carer Blog Posts

  • OSCAR Nominations Now Open!
    Nottinghamshire Healthcare’s Outstanding Service Contribution and Recognition Scheme (OSCARS) 2020/21 has now launched. The OSCARS is our awards scheme for our staff and volunteers. This is an opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the outstanding work of our staff and volunteers, who provide high quality mental health, intellectual disability, substance misuse and […]
  • Equality Diversity and Inclusion carers event. Rampton Hospital
    On Saturday 13th March there was a Carer event held on Microsoft Teams. My reflections from the Day Nigel Groves Involvement and Experience Lead, Forensic Services There was an overall update from Anna Simpson the General Manager at Rampton Hospital which covered an update on Covid and how the wards […]
  • Trevor Clower: Retirement from Voluntary Work
    This blog has been written by Trevor Clower. He has been a volunteer with Nottinghamshire Healthcare for over a decade. Many staff may remember him speaking about his role as a carer at their Trust induction days. The Involvement, Experience & Volunteering Team thank you Trevor for your many valuable […]
  • Road Map from Covid at Carers event. “Wathwood is giving the best treatment our son has ever had’ ‘And Family Interventions at Wathwood Hospital
    Road road map from Covid, looking ahead We had our first virtual Forum on Saturday 13th  March. It went really well we had families join and a presentation from Helen F CBT therapist. Thank you to all those who joined on the day the Forums are only ever as good […]
  • Meet Jim Aleander, our Lead Governor
    Hi, I’m Jim Aleander, Lead Governor for the Trust. As the governor election for the Trust gets underway, I would like to introduce myself and say a little bit about the governor role. I was delighted to be elected as a public governor for the Nottinghamshire County constituency in May […]