Extra curriculum Enhancing Working Partnerships with Carers and Families: A Strategy and Associated Training Programme Roger Stanbridge Consultant Family Therapist Somerset Partnership NHS & Social Care Trust Frank Burbach Consultant Clinical Psychologist Somerset Partnership NHS & Social Care Trust Introduction health. These needs must also be addressed by health and social services.’ Increased involvement of families and carers is central to all current national mental health policies. However, in The focus of standard six of the National Service most of the recent proposals for mental health services, Framework (NSF) on carers’ and families’ rights to enhanced working partnerships between professionals have their own needs assessed and to have a written and carers/families remain an aspiration rather than a care plan should not be viewed as a discrete additional reality. Research has highlighted the dissatisfaction of task. A general reorientation of the existing mental families, friends and relatives of people with mental health services and the availability of a wide range of health problems who often feel unheard and excluded interventions will be required if we are to meet the from their relative’s care (Leavey et al, 1997; Shepherd et needs of carers and families. This is acknowledged in al,
Mental Health Review Journal – Emerald Publishing
Published: Dec 1, 2004
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