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. For more information, take a look at our dedicated Employers for Carers page.

Carer Support Organisations

  • Nottingham City Council – Information and advice for carers living in Nottingham City.
  • Nottinghamshire County Council – Information and advice for carers living in Nottinghamshire. See their Information for Carers Guide – Do you look after someone?
  • Nottinghamshire Young Carers Service (County)- 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).
  • 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.”
  • 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.”
  • 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
  • The Carers 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
  • 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. See the video from their launch here

Carers Week Logo

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 (

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.

‘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

  • 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 […]
  • Jinny & Hannah – Carer and Cared for
    Prior to lockdown and Covid19, Mum Jinny on the right in the photo and daughter Hannah were busy as volunteers actively involved in face to face Training with our Involvement, Experience and Volunteering team and the Family Interventions Team This interview took place before Covid put our face to face […]
  • 1st Class Arnold Lodge’s 6 monthly Involvement, Experience and volunteering report
    In our Trust we recive 2 Involvemnt and expernce reports each year from all our Forensic Services. The Head and Deputy head of Involvement along with myself review all these reports and feedback on them. This time we were very very impressed with the high standard from Arnold Lodge. The […]
  • Dementia Carers Under Lockdown
    Lockdown Impact on Dementia Care in the Community: Results of a Rapid Survey By Justine Schneider Professor of Mental Health and Social Care. Faculty of Social Sciences, The University of Nottingham As a valued member of our Carers Connect Network, Justine has extensive experience in many aspects of applied health research […]
  • Arnold Lodge Patients Maintaining Contact with Family, Friends and Carers During COVID-19 Lock-down
    Background In response to the Coronavirus pandemic, Arnold Lodge stopped all planned visits to patients during the week commencing 16th March 2020. It was soon recognised that this would have a detrimental impact on the health and well-being of the patients and their families, friends and carers. NHS Sparks It […]