Letters Welcoming carers on to the wards

Partnership between healthcare staff and carers on wards

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h6933 (Published 23 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6933
  1. Caroline Nicholson, National Institute for Health Research post doctoral research fellow1,
  2. Jill Maben, professor of research in nursing1,
  3. Emma Ream, professor of supportive cancer care, and director of research2
  1. 1Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery, King’s College London, London SE1 8WA, UK
  2. 2School of Health Sciences, University of Surrey, Guildford, UK
  1. Caroline.Nicholson{at}kcl.ac.uk

Jennings and Oliver’s correspondence illuminates tensions inherent in carer involvement in secondary care.1 2 The knowledge and experience of carers provides essential continuity of care, yet for some carers, admission provides a welcome and much needed break.

The active involvement of carers requires both them and hospital staff—with differentiated expertise and expectations—to understand, appreciate, and work together for the best interests of patients. Sounds simple, but …

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