Families, friends and carers

We greatly value the very important role that carers play in supporting people who use our services.  We want to work in partnership with you to provide the best treatment and support.  We also recognise that, on occasions, you also need support and have a statutory right to an assessment of your own needs.

We believe you are a carer if you are providing help or support to a child, relative or friend who experiences physical or mental ill health, whether you give practical help or emotional support. This page contains information on carers support groups and organisations in the area, information for carers produced by the Trust and how we work with you. As a Trust we identify with supporting carers at the first point of contact with services.

If you need support regarding any aspect of your role as a carer, including a carer assessment, please contact Northamptonshire Carers.  

We have developed a carer's charter which shows our commitment to you.

As a Trust, we will

  • listen to you without bias or prejudice
  • take what you say seriously
  • recognise you as someone providing support to the person for whom you care and respect you accordingly
  • value you as someone who has relevant and important knowledge about the person you care for
  • ask your opinion, respect and value your views and, where necessary, keep these confidential
  • explain how we will use any information you provide
  • give you the choice on whether you wish to continue with your role as a carer
  • work in partnership with Northamptonshire Carers to support you in your caring role.

You can expect us to

  • involve you in decisions about you and the person you care for (with appropriate consent), including the preparation of their care plan
  • make sure you know whom to contact in an emergency or crisis
  • give you a copy of the care plan (with appropriate consent) and in a format that suits you.  This should set out the responsibilities of all the people involved in providing care and will vary depending on the service provided
  • give you the opportunity to tell us if you feel the care plan is not working and involve you in discussions about any actions to address this
  • hold meetings at a time that suits both you and the person you care for
  • respect and be sensitive to your needs and wishes
  • arrange help for you to communicate your views should you require it
  • advise you of action to take if you are unhappy about any aspect of the care we provide.


  • Northamptonshire Carers support telephone line - 01933 677907
  • NHS Carers Direct 0300 123 1053 (open Monday-Friday, 9am-8pm and weekends 11am-4pm).
  • RethinK (mental illness) has an excellent website www.rethink.org  and an advice and information service, which is open Monday-Friday, 9:30am-4pm on 0300 5000 927. They also have a webchat service available Monday-Friday, 10am-1pm, ReThink Mental Illness are providing advice and information
  • The Carers Trust www.carersuk.org provide up to date information and advice for carers on a range of issues
  • Mind - www.mind.org.uk
  • Integrated mental health HUB –  If you, a family member, someone you care for or friend need support you can also contact the new Integrated Mental Health Response Hub on 0300 330 10 11 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week).  The hub has been designed to be the only number you need to call for mental health support in the county through a trained mental health navigator who will find the right support for the individual, regardless of whether this is support from NHFT, from the voluntary and community sector or advice over the telephone. The hub will be able to take calls from both individuals as well as referrals from professionals such as GPs. Existing service users will also be able to use the number as an alternative way to contact the service supporting them as well as a way of speaking to someone out of hours. The hub is not replacing any existing mental health service and has been designed to complement and support people to access the right service for their needs.


How we work with you – NHFT groups support and initiatives

The Trust works in partnership with Trust staff and carers. By listening to and involving carers, we can provide better care for our patients and service users. 

Find out more about how to get involved at our Trust


Carers and confidentiality

We think that it is important to work closely with carers and share information, in order to help in the care and treatment of our service users and patients. To find out more, read our guide to Common Sense Confidentiality [pdf] 2MB

NHFT Carers Group

The NHFT Carer’s Group is for carers aged 18 and over who provide support for people receiving care from the Planned Care and Recovery Team (PCART) or Crisis Services.

The aim of the group is to support carers by helping them to reflect on the care they provide and to develop practical strategies. Carers need to be able to commit to attending four introduction sessions, with the opportunity to attend a further 10 sessions. For more information call 01604 658834.

Carers Corner

At Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust ( NHFT ) we recognise the vital role that relatives / friends ( carers ) play in sustaining patient recovery in the community.

With this in mind, we invite you to join us for an informal, practical session where you can :

• Meet other carers.

• Learn about mental health conditions and treatments.

• Find out about support available after discharge

• Find out about support for carers.

• Have the opportunity to meet Dr Krishna Yathiraj, Consultant Psychiatrist, Carer Peer support workers and others with lived experience.

Join us:

Weekly on Thursday mornings 10am – 12pm  (Either face to face or online via Teams)

The first Wednesday evening of every month 07:30pm – 09:00pm (Online only)

Alternating between St Marys Hospital and Berrywood Hospital

Kindly email: carerscorner@nhft.nhs.uk for a Teams link

Crisis Cafés

Drop-in cafes are run around Northamptonshire  by an NHFT professional and a MIND peer support worker. They provide support and safety to anyone in need by offering coping mechanisms and techniques to help reduce the risk of crisis. They also provide advice and support to carers. click here to find the most up to date Crisis Cafes timetable.

Recovery College NHFT

The Recovery College supports people with experience of mental health difficulties to live the life they want to lead and become experts in their own self-care. All courses are co-produced and co-delivered by people with lived experience of mental health difficulties and mental health professionals. This provides a shared environment where those with lived experience and those who provide their support and NHS staff can learn together. Carers are also able to go on courses. 

For course dates and to find out more information about enrolling call 03000 270470 (phone lines are open 9am-4.30pm Monday-Friday) or email recovery.college@nhft.nhs.uk

Recovery College NHFT

Northamptonshire Carers

Northamptonshire Carers exists to make a positive change to Carers lives. To do this we will reach out to, value and champion all Carers and those they look after.

Northamptonshire Carers