Leanne McHugh, Lecturer in Health & Social Care at Bishop Grosseteste University (BGU), was invited to be a guest speaker at the “carers and our statutory responsibilities towards them” training event delivered to Lincolnshire County Council Adult Care and Community staff.
In addition to her academic expertise, Leanne is also a carer herself, and was able to share her personal expertise as part of the training.:
“My contribution was to share my personal lived experience as my husband’s carer. It was also a great opportunity to promote the carers community at BGU. I discussed our ongoing work including designing and implementing a platform to share the Carers Passports, our Carers Café’s, the procedures that HR have been developing along with the services of our Student Advice team and their role in supporting carers. As I have previously been with a different organisation, I was able to compare and contrast how the measures in place at BGU had ensured that my career was progressing alongside my carer’s role.
It was fantastic to be able to share our efforts with partner agencies, marking us out as a role model, showcasing what good support for carers looks like through our carer’s community.”
The training event also included contributions from Carers First, Young Carers Services and Every-one.