Carers' Network


What is a carer?

A carer is anyone who cares, unpaid, for a friend or family member who due to illness, disability, a mental health problem or an addiction cannot cope without their support. You don't have to live with your cared for person to be a carer.

Many NHS Lothian staff have a caring role supporting a family member or friend, and the Staff Carers Network has been created to give them a safe and confidential space to make connections and access support. Any member of staff who has an unpaid caring role can join the network.

If you would like to join the confidential mailing list email to receive invitations to the network meetings and notes if you cannot attend.


Upcoming Meetings

Next Meeting

Tuesday 23 April, 12.30-13.30

Our next meeting is a peer support meeting. Join us on Teams here.

Future meeting dates:

  • Tuesday 28 May, 12.30-13.30 - speaker: June McGill, Healthcare Improvement Scotland Unpaid Carers Improvement Programme

  • Tuesday 25 June, 12.30-13.30 - peer support

  • Tuesday 23 July, 12.30-13.30 - speaker: Jacqui Marwick, Cruse Scotland Bereavement Services

  • Tuesday 27 August, 12.30-13.30 - speaker: Ruth Hutchison, Carers West Lothian

  • Tuesday 24 September, 12.30-13.30 - speaker: Keith Lugton, Edinburgh Carer Support Team

  • Tuesday 22 October, 12.30-13.30 - peer support

  • Tuesday 19 November, 12.30-13.30 - speaker Charmaine Sutherland, VOCAL Midlothian

  • Tuesday 17 December, 12.30-13.30 - peer support