FDAMH’s Involvement Group are delighted to have been asked to contribute to a new initiative at Forth Valley Royal Hospital (FVRH). The ‘Triangle of Care’ is an established set of guidance which helps mental health service providers ensure that carers are fully included and supported when the person they care for has an acute mental health episode. Currently the guidance is being tested within Ward 3 of FVRH’s Mental Health Unit before being rolled out further. The guidance lays out a set of standards to achieve better partnership with carers and its intention is to promote safety, support recovery and sustain wellbeing.
Linda McGonigle, Service User and Carer Involvement Coordinator, and Neil Sowerby, Family Support Worker, have met with staff at the FVRH mental health unit to help establish what support FDAMH can offer to ensure that certain requirements of the ‘Triangle of Care’ are met. Consequently FDAMH’s Involvement Group will be using their extensive experience of mental health services to assist in the development of a Carers Information Pack which will be given to carers when their family member or person they care for is admitted to hospital.
FDAMH welcomes this very positive step, our own Family Support Service recognises the huge significance of families in recovery and is also keenly aware of the impact mental health problems can have on all family members.
This is an excellent example of partnership working between two organisations and everyone involved is looking forward to seeing this project develop.