Carers Week 2018 looks at all the ways carers can be supported to stay healthy and connected. Trevor is a volunteer and a familiar face at Notts Healthcare. He campaigns tirelessly for the recognition of carers to be involved in every aspect of the care pathway.
What is your name? Trevor Clower
Describe what you do as a carer and how the NHS has been involved:
I’ve been a carer for over 45 years (and still counting). From my experience as a carer I created the Carers Road Shows in Nottingham City and County several years ago. I put in around 2000 hours each year organising the Carers Road Shows, which has been partly funded by the Trust over the last six years. As well as this I support the Involvement Team as a volunteer at new staff induction courses. I raise awareness about the recognition of carers, families and friends and the advantages of having carer involvement in Trust services. I was part of the Involvement Team planning group for the Trust to design a new course for staff in Carer Awareness and The Triangle of Care. The Learning and Development Department offer this training course for all staff. I co-present this with Angela Pemberton, a Therapeutic Skills Tutor with the Learning and Development department .
I’m an active member of the Highbury Carers Group and the C.A.R.N.S.E.G. which stands for, Clinical Audit, Research, NICE & Service Evaluation Group. as well as delivering peer support talks to carers and service user groups including Sue Claytons highly successful Friday drop in at the Arnold Methodist Church.
What three words would you use to describe the NHS?
Professional, Organised, Underfunded
If you could give the NHS any 70th birthday present what would it be?
A thank you card with a blank cheque inside to carry on for the next 70 years.
Read more about the Carers Roadshows here
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The National Health Service is turning 70 on 5 July 2018. It’s the perfect opportunity to celebrate the achievements of one of the nation’s most loved institutions, to appreciate the vital role the service plays in our lives, and to recognise and thank our extraordinary NHS staff and NHS volunteers.