Carer Support Team (Hopewood Park)

Information about how the carer support team at Hopewood Park can work work with carers to provide support during their loved one’s recovery

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  • Who is a carer?

    A carer is someone who looks after another person, usually a family member or friend, who could not manage without their support due to illness, disability, mental health problems or an addiction.

    Caring for someone could include helping with:
    • Cooking
    • Phone calls
    • Personal care
    • Attending appointments
    • Emotional support
    • Medication

    We will work in partnership with carers and families to involve you, not just because we have a statutory duty to do so, but because we want to and appreciate that your knowledge and experience, as a carer, can benefit and improve the care we give. We understand that carers play a critical role and without your support, we would not be able to deliver the hope, treatment and care that we always aim to do.

    For further information please ask staff for a copy of the Carer Promise, which is also available at

  • About the Carer Support Team

    The carer support team are based on site at Hopewood Park. The team has two ‘carer leads’ whose role is to support carers.

    Kay Davison
    • Beckfield
    • Longview
    • Shoredrift
    • Springrise

    Laura Tarbett
    • Aldervale
    • Clearbrook
    • Bridgewell
    • Brooke House

    The carer support team, work with carers to provide additional support and time to listen to families and carers concerns and support them during their loved one’s recovery.

    The carer support team can:
    • Listen to family/carer needs. The team work flexibly, and can meet you on site or contact you by telephone call if you’d prefer. This can be outside of the team’s regular weekday office hours for those who work shift patterns.
    • Speak with carers to find out about their loved one’s history and any useful information about the patient from the carers perspective. This information can then be used in the patients care plan eg likes and dislikes, triggers
    • Advocate for families and carers during meetings, whether they can attend or not.
    • Update families and carers on a patient’s recovery and attend meetings to feedback for family/carer when they cannot attend themselves (where patient gives consent to share this information).
    • Support families and carers to identify other needs they may have i.e.- referrals for carers assessment, referral to local carers centre to access support groups and/or training.
    • Provide carer events and drop-in sessions so that face to face support can be given, and families and carers can meet one another, ward teams and MDT to gain a wider understanding of what the Trust provides to promote patient’s recovery.

  • Feedback from families and carers accessing the service

    “When my son is on the ward and unwell he struggles to talk to me, The carer lead is able to regularly provide me with an update on his wellbeing, eating, drinking, the small things that are reassuring to know” (Relative of patient on acute ward)

    “Thank you, from the bottom of my heart for listening. I feel better knowing I have someone who is able to listen to my concerns and link in with the ward to share these and give feedback to me.” (Relative of patient on rehabilitation ward)

    “I have never received so much support and information as a carer during any of my relative’s inpatient admissions” (Relative of patient on acute ward)

  • Feedback from families and carers accessing the ‘Families and Carers Drop in Event’

    “I found out loads of helpful info” – (Relative of patient on psychiatric intensive care unit)

    “Attending the drop in I was able to collect pamphlets about mental health conditions such as bi-polar and schizophrenia and spoke with staff. I found the drop-in really interesting and would definitely attend again in the future” (Relative of patient on rehabilitation ward)

  • What if I have a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint about the service?

    If you want to make a comment, suggestion, compliment or complaint you can:
    • talk to the people directly involved in your care
    • ask a member of staff for a feedback form, or complete a form on the Trust website (click on the ‘Contact Us’ tab)
    • telephone the Complaints Department Tel: 0191 245 6672
    • email [email protected] Please note that information sent to the Trust via email is sent at your own risk

    We are always looking at ways to improve services. Your feedback allows us to monitor the quality of our services and act upon issues that you bring to our attention.

    You can provide feedback in the following ways:
    – the quickest way for you to do this is to complete our short online survey at
    – complete a Points of You survey, available from staff.

  • How to contact the Carer Support Team

    If you would like to have a discussion with a member of the carer support team, please contact:

    Kay Davison
    Tel: 07773 136 046

    Laura Tarbett
    Tel: 07890 910 623

    Alternatively, you can speak to a member of ward staff who can make a referral to the carer support team who will then contact you.

  • Useful information

    There is a range of useful information available online at you can also ask staff for a printed copy of the following resources:
    • Carer Promise
    • Useful contacts for carers
    • Carer card
    • Mummy is poorly
    • Mummy is a hero

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    Tel: 0191 246 7288

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    Ref, PIC/893/0823 August 2023 V1 Tel: 0191 246 7288

    Review date 2026