27 August 2021
Last Thursday (19 August 2021) our carers working group hosted our first Carers’ Online Open Day, an event for carers interested in coming together to make a difference.
Over 60 people attended the virtual event which was extremely well received. Attendees included carers, Tees, Esk and Wear Valley NHS Foundation Trust staff and representatives from partner agencies, such as local authorities, commissioners and third sector carer organisations.
The event encouraged conversations about making positive changes for carers and their loved ones. It also highlighted involvement opportunities as well as exploring positive changes made from previous discussions and feedback.
Plans for the future
Speaking at the event, Brent Kilmurray, chief executive, outlined the Trust’s vision for carers. The vision is part of Our Journey to Change, a five-year plan for the future of the Trust.
Closing the event, Brent said: “Thank you to everyone who has attended today. One of the things that strikes me is the depth of expertise and skills in this virtual room. I’m thinking about the potential of over 50 people collectively thinking about how we can take forward our agenda. I’m really optimistic on that basis.”
Hosted and organised by carers
Several carers presented sessions and shared their experiences and hopes for the future. Break out room sessions were also held to allow people to provide valuable input into the Trust’s approach to carers.
Commenting on the day the Trust’s Carers Working Group said: “We’d like to thank everyone who joined us and shared their voice. When we come together it helps us identify priorities and improve services.
“We are looking forward to identifying key themes, expanding our group and finding ways to keep carers involved even when they can’t commit to regular meetings.
“We know how important carers are and how bringing their voices into service planning and evaluation will improve everyone’s experiences.”
“Energy and enthusiasm”
Speaking during the virtual event, Miriam Harte, chairman, said: “One of the inspiring things today was all the work that has been completed since the Carers Conference in 2019, especially considering the pandemic and challenges we have all faced.
“I believe this event and the energy and enthusiasm coming out of it will continue driving us forward.”
Get in touch
If you are a carer who is interesting in engagement and involvement opportunities at the Trust, please contact Anthea Motson: firstname.lastname@example.org