Support for carers of people with mental health problems

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) carer information

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (BHFT) is a specialist mental health and community health services Trust. BHFT operate from more than 100 sites across the county including community hospitals clinics and GP practices. Adult Mental Health Services across Berkshire are provided through Community Mental Health Teams (CMHTs), inpatient services and Crisis and Home Treatment Services. The vast majority of the people we care for are supported in their own homes, and given skills to manage their own health conditions to promote independence and dignity, but we also have 171 inpatient beds.

Working in partnership with patients and their families is extremely important to us as this helps us to provide the best care in the right place. BHFT is a member of the Triangle of Care initiative, which is a set of standards ensuring that family, friends and carers are included and supported by Health and Social Care services, and which emphasises the need for better involvement of carers and families in the care planning and treatment of people with mental ill health.
The support available to carers differs slightly in each of the localities of BHFT, but useful information can be found at: www.berkshirehealthcare.nhs.uk

Community Mental Health Teams

You can also access information through the CMHT in your area. These are:
Slough 01753 690 950
Bracknell 01344 823 333
Windsor, Ascot, Maidenhead 01628 640 200
Reading 0118 960 5612
Wokingham 0118 989 0707
West Berkshire 01635 292 020

Medication

You can access information about medication at: www.choiceandmedication.org/berkshirehealthcare 

Slough Community Mental Health Team

At Slough CMHT we deliver a number of different initiatives to support carers, including the Carer Café, the Carer Training Programme (a 10 week training course), Hope College (a Recovery College aimed at supporting service users, carers and staff), and opportunities to shape services by being involved in focus groups or volunteer programmes. We also have close links with local organisations to support carers, including Slough Borough Council and SPACE.

For further information about Hope College please contact Victoria.naidoo@berkshire.nhs.uk. For further information about carer support within BHFT for Slough, please contact Nicola.anderson@berkshire.nhs.uk.