A busy rehabilitation ward at Barry Hospital has become the first service organisation to pick up a Carer Friendly Silver award – a new accreditation scheme that acknowledges the vital role unpaid carers play in local communities across Wales.

The Sam Davies Ward at Barry Hospital, part of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board, wanted to raise awareness of the wide ranging work it has been doing to support carers – from developing a dedicated room for carers to take a break and even stay overnight when visiting relatives on the ward, to hosting carers meetings in popular locations outside the ward. 

Carer Friendly aims to recognize, improve and increase access to information and support for carers in Wales. Services go through a number of steps to secure accreditation before submitting a final portfolio of work to a dedicated carers' panel for assessment.

Sam Davies Ward Manager, Linda Edwards, said: “We are over the moon to have received this acknowledgement for our work with carers in the ward. Carers play such a vital role in helping us care for the patients staying on the ward. They know all the key details about the person they are caring for – so they enable us to do our job better. I am so proud of my team who’ve worked incredibly hard to secure this accreditation.”

Carer Friendly Manager, Sian Salkeld, said: “Sam Davies ward are a shining example of great person centred care, for both patients and their carers. They really go the extra mile and we’re so pleased to be able to recognise their good work in this way.”

Carer Friendly has been designed in partnership with carers and is run by Carers Trust South East Wales, the largest charity for unpaid carers in Wales.

Are you interested in becoming Carer Friendly? Email [email protected] to find out more.