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CNWL thanks its carers at its Second CNWL Carers' Conference

The Second Annual CNWL Carers' Conference - Valuing Carers was held at the Indian YMCA on Friday 30 November 2018.

The event was attended by over 100 carers, with a combined carer experience of 100 years.

Ann Smith, CNWL Carers' Council Chair said (addressing the audience ):

Lucy Palmer (left), Janet Seale (centre), Ann Smith (right)

Lucy Palmer (left), Janet Seale (centre), Ann Smith (right)

"I would like to thank you for all your hard work you do as unpaid carers, sometimes unrecognised and undervalued. We want to make a difference not only to the care delivered to our loved ones but to us."

The day started with an introduction to the Trust's Quality Improvement Service (which recently celebrated its one year anniversary) and how carers can get involved in a quality improvement programme that would focus on continuous improvement by giving carers the skills, knowledge and freedom to bring about change. This presentation was delivered by Lucy Palmer, Head of Patient and Carer Involvement at CNWL and Janet Seale, member of the CNWL Carers' Council.

Dr Sarah Heke, Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Trauma Lead for the Grenfell Health and Wellbeing Service spoke about trauma care and what that may mean for carers.

During coffee breaks, attendees had a chance to visit some stalls

During coffee breaks, attendees had a chance to visit some stalls

Following the presentations, there was a lively questions and answers session. Carers then split into different workshops . In total, there were four workshops:

  • Caring for yourself and grappling successfully with caring tasks
  • Essential information for carers: what all carers need to know
  • Emotions running high? Walking on eggshells? Stressed out by caring? Mentalise!
  • Commonly used medication, your questions answered.

The CNWL carers council meets quarterly and report directly to the CNWL board. Visit the carers council page for more information.

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