Kent Community Health Foundation Trust – supporting Carers in their workforce

Kent Community Health NHS Foundation Trust (KCHFT) is a large NHS community services provider with over 5,000 staff delivering care across Kent, Medway, East Sussex and parts of London.  KCHFT has over 3 million patient contacts a year and has done a number of things to support Carers as both an employer and a service provider.

Kent Community NHS Foundation Trust has introduced a number of initiatives to support Carers in their workforce including:

  • Work and Wellbeing Passport – staff are able to use this to discuss and record caring responsibilities with their line-manager
  • A session on the Care Act 2014 at corporate induction, highlighting the fact that Trust staff may be Carers
  • Flexible Working policy
  • Paid emergency leave for Carers (subject to certain conditions)

Karen Edmunds is Head of Engagement at KCHFT and was a Carer for her late husband.

“I’ve worked for KCHFT since 2009.  When my late husband was in and out of hospital at the end of his life in 2013 the Trust were very supportive and I was able to use carers emergency leave and then compassionate leave.  It made things so much easier at a very stressful and painful time.”