Role of carers highlighted at Memorial event

Staff that helped organise a hugely successful carers’ event at Memorial Hospital last week were warmly praised by Deputy Chief Executive, Helen Smith.

Helen made a point of offering her thanks to all those involved in preparing and staffing the Bexley and Greenwich Early Intervention Team Family and Carers Wellbeing Event. She acknowledged to a room full of about 30 carers the huge role they play in using our services. She said that we are very aware that carers are often living with patients for 168 hours a week and only interact with Oxleas for two or three of those hours. Helen added that carers have the right not to be disadvantaged and if it helps can request flexible working from their employers. She also told carers that they may be entitled to a carer’s allowance.

Urging carers to take advantage of the services Oxleas has to offer the Helen said: "If you don’t look after yourself it’s hard to look after someone else."

The afternoon was aimed at families and carers of people who use our Early Intervention in Psychosis Teams. There were presentations on a variety of topics relevant to carers including: support for carers; medication; cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and mindfulness.

Anna Chan, our Carer Lead and Andy Runeckles, Carer Support Coordinator, Mind in Bexley, gave a talk on ‘Caring and me’. Dual Diagnosis Consultant Nurse, Justine Trippier, talked to the carers about ‘Young people, drugs and psychosis’. Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Caroline Cupitt presented on ‘CBT: how it might help you and your family’.

Our picture shows Clinical Psychologist, Dr Elsa Murphy (with her face hidden), receiving a massage from Helen Allen of Feel Good Co-Operative. This was one of the alternative therapies available for carers to enjoy.

Published on 13th March 2013