On November 25 2021, Carer's Rights Day, 12 NHS Trusts across the Merseyside and Cheshire region have launched a Carers Passport.
A carer is a person who looks after a family member, partner or friend who is reliant on help because of their pre-existing illness, frailty, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction and cannot cope without their practical and emotional support. This care could include emotional support; helping someone with shopping, chores, taking medication; helping a person attend medical appointments or other meetings; helping someone communicate; or helping someone wash, get dressed, or feed themselves. This care is unpaid.
The new Carers Passport can help ensure that people who are caring for hospital patients can access support. It will also mean that carers can continue to provide care for their family member, partner or friend while that person is in hospital through a Carer Partnership Agreement.
The Carers Passport is available at:
- Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust;
- Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
- East Cheshire NHS Trust;
- Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
- Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (this includes The Royal, Aintree and Broadgreen Hospitals);
- Liverpool Women’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
- Mersey Care NHS Foundation Trust;
- Mid Cheshire Hospital NHS Foundation Trust;
- St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust;
- The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust;
- The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust;
- Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust; and
- Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.
If you are a carer for someone who is a patient at any of the above Trusts, and would like to know more about the Carers Passport, speak to a member of staff on the ward that your family member, partner or friend is staying on. The Ward Manager or Nurse in Charge can discuss your individual needs with you.