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Carer Awareness ‘Think Carer’ Training

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‘Think Carer’ training sessions

As part of our Carer Friendly initiative we are offering a programme of free Think Carer Training. Sessions are available across the county both in person and online.

This training is suitable for paid staff and volunteers in public sector, charities, community groups and businesses who are in contact with carers.


Training content:

  • Unpaid carers and the impact of caring
  • The importance of identifying and supporting carers
  • Carers rights
  • Support available, signposting, making a referral
  • A ‘Carer Friendly’ approach. Why this is important and the role we can all play


Training Dates

  • Thursday 11th January 2024, 1.30pm – 4pm
  • Tuesday 12th March 2024, 10am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 16th May 2024, 1.30pm – 4pm
  • Thursday 16th July 2024, 10am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 11th September 2024, 1.30pm – 4pm
  • Thursday 14th November 2024, 10am – 12.30pm
In person:
  • CANCELLED Wednesday 13th December 2023, St Michael’s Hospice, St Leonard’s on Sea, 10am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 22nd February 2024, St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Eastbourne, 10am – 12.30pm
  • Wednesday 17th April 2024, Heather View Care Home, Crowborough, 10am – 12pm
  • Friday 14th June, Town Hall, Bexhill, 10am – 12.30pm
  • Tuesday 13th August 2024, Care for the Carers, 2 Bell Lane, Lewes, 1.30pm – 4pm
  • Wednesday 16th October 2024, HEART, 25b Pevensey Road. St Leonard’s on Sea, 10am – 12.30pm
  • Thursday 12th December, Victoria Pavilion Support Centre, Uckfield, 1.30pm – 4pm

“My knowledge of carers and how we interact with them in general but especially in a professional setting has completely changed – things I hadn’t considered at all previously have been laid out so clearly to me after the session with Carole. I am most definitely thinking carer now!” Lauren, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

“The training was really insightful and gave some excellent perspective on how, as emergency responders we can support not only our patients but their caters and family. This will help us to empower everyone to ensure families receive support and care. I would recommend anyone considering the training to absolutely take the time to do it!” Paramedic Practitioner, PPEd, Polegate MRC

“Thank you so much again for this incredible training opportunity! This has had such a positive impact on me both personally and professionally and I feel ready and motivated to share this learning with colleagues and do more for our community!” SPFT

GP Carer Leads Day

Following previous successful events, we are planning another training day for GP staff in Spring 2024. DATE TO BE ANNOUNCED.

• Morning workshop – Think Carer Training
• Afternoon workshop – How carer friendly is your practice?

The day will provide a relaxed environment with an opportunity to gain knowledge and network with other Carers Leads. The afternoon session is supported by CQC.

Refreshments and lunch will be provided during the day.

If you would like to receive an update please contact Carole Gregory at caroleg@cftc.org.uk or tel. 01323 738390 ext. 403

Think Carer Training for EDGH & Conquest Hospital staff

Training covers: Identifying carers, the impacts, carers rights, NHS responsibilities and commitment, support available to carers, making a referral.



Training dates:

  • Monday 8th January, 1pm – 3pm, Conquest Education Centre, Training Room 4
  • Wed 24th January, 2pm – 4pm, EDGH – Sara Hampson Room
  • Tuesday 13th February, 1pm – 3pm, Conquest Education Centre, Training Room 4
  • Thursday 7th March, 12pm – 2pm, EDGH, Duncan House Room 1
  • Monday 18th March, 1pm – 3pm, Conquest Education Centre, Training Room 4

To book a place, please contact Carole Gregory at carole.gregory4@nhs.net

Raising Awareness of Ethnically Diverse Carers Training (online, self paced)

This is our Sussex-wide training, written by the Making Carers Count Project, which focuses on identifying and supporting carers from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

The training was co-designed with carers and aims to provide valuable insights and foster a greater understanding of the experience and needs of carers from diverse ethnic backgrounds.

This module is recommended as a follow up to ‘Think Carer’ Training.

To register your place, please sign up here 

Useful Resources for Professionals

We are working on a new page with resources for professionals but in the meantime, you can download our poster or leaflet here.

For Sussex-wide carers poster translated into 13 languages please visit here.

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