By Katie Moore. Head of Patient Public Involvement.
As we come to the end of this year’s carers week I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved in helping us to recognise and celebrate carers at NUH and in the community.
Carers do an amazing job day in, day out. At NUH we recognise the importance of their role but also the importance of supporting and involving carers when the person they care for is in hospital.
There are several ways in which we do this, some of which we have looked at this week. One is the About Me document.
The 'About Me' document has been developed to help staff get to know patients and their carers to help us communicate better. There is a section in the document for carers to complete to help us understand how if and how the carer wants to be involved in the patient’s care while in hospital.
We have recently developed, trialled and rolled out the carer’s passport.
The carer’s passport is available to the main carer or carers of patients. The carer's passport can be shown to the ward staff. The staff will then let you visit outside the normal visiting hours, or whenever you need to.
This week we have heard from the neonatal service and the EENT Theatre recovery team who have both developed their own pathways to ensure carers are an integral part of patient care.
This is just a handful of ways NUH supports carers.
This week we would like to thank everyone who has been involved in making carers week a success. Thanks you to Julia Jones for your guest blog about John’s Campaign, which NUH fully supports. Thank you Nottingham Hospitals Charity for funding the Activity Therapy ‘Royal Get Together’ sessions. Thanks also go to the Carers Federation for kindly inviting us to join their events in the community.