Carer employees have their say


The following article is from Salford Royal Foundations Trusts In-House news site for staff. The survey is the starting point of work we are doing with the Trust looking at how between us we can identify employees who are carers and how we can ensure the working environment takes into account their needs and supports them in reaching their full potential.

This is an exciting piece of work being carried out by our workers and if you are an employer and would like us to work closely with you to ensure you become a carer friendly environment please contact one of the following team on 0161 833 0217.

Matthew Shiel, Laura Maguire, Lewis Nelson or Paul Moran  

Results of the recent carers’ survey results

In May we conducted a survey with Salford Carers Centre which sought views from members of staff who have caring responsibilities outside work, about the support available.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to complete the survey. We received nearly 100 responses, containing useful and insightful feedback for the team.

Kathryn Davies, Workforce Transformation Lead in HR, explained: “A general theme which emerged in the response is that people feel there is a lack of understanding and awareness of the extra roles they have as carers outside of work. They told us that they often feel unsupported, and feel pressure to take annual leave for caring responsibilities rather than being able to work flexibly to accommodate those needs.

“As a Trust, we have policies and support for carers and we will work harder to ensure that these are more widely known and enacted, across the organisation.”

As part of Carers Week next week (12-18 June), there will be the opportunity to speak to Salford Carers Centre who will be on hand to offer advice and information about what support is available for carers in the city.  Representatives from Salford Carers Centre will be in the hospital next week but you can also contact them on 01618330217 to arrange to see a Carers Worker outside of your working hours if you wish.

During Carers Week we will be releasing more details of the Survey and the responses from the work force