“Think Carer”

Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP intend to use their involvement in the Building Health Partnerships: Self-care programme to: 

  • Develop their work recognising and valuing Carers – exploring ways to overcome challenges to engagement across the STP and working co-productively to embed the role into a range of pathways, new models of care and the STP workforce.

First Partnership Session

Herefordshire and Worcestershire STP held their first full partnership session at the beginning of July. This event helped them focus their work on carers and self-care. The group now aims to: 

  • Develop a ‘think carer at all times’ check and balance for STP work streams including work force development. A carer health and wellness review and to champion carer awareness and support system wide.  

For more detail of their plans see this short presentation here

Second Partnership Session

The second partnership session took place on 11th October and allowed participants to build on the learning from the first session and decide on action plans going forward. The slides from the session can be found here, the key notes and actions are also available here.

Third Partnership Session

On the 31st of January 2018 the Herefordshire and Worcestershire ‘Think Carer’ group met for the third time in Malvern. The event was attended by carers and representatives from the NHS workforce, the sustainability and transformation partnership (STP), and the voluntary and community sector.

The purpose of the meeting was to:

  • Continue work on ‘BHP Think Carer’ – updates, priorities and support
  • Revisit the engagement exercise – what it is that Carers said they needed in the original engagement exercise and what has happened so far?
  • To support staff and carers to have a different (and new) conversation around new ways of working together
  • Maintain momentum and interest across the two counties/STP footprint

The summary of the session can be found here and the presentation from the session can be found here.

Fourth Partnership Session

The fourth partnership session took place on 10 April. This session was dedicated to exploring with staff and carers, how to get past some of the obstacles and opportunities uncovered at the last meeting. You can download notes from the session here.  


“If I can find a way to improve my health and wellbeing, I can improve the life of the person I care for.”

Maggie Sanderson, a carer from the area, shares her thoughts on the first partnership session and what she hopes the programme will achieve in this blog piece.

For more information on upcoming partnership meetings please contact: nancy.towers@socialenterprise.org.uk