Hi, I’m Nikki

You may know me as the carers befriending coordinator, however I’m now in the new role of Carer Engagement Team Leader.

It’s my job to think about things differently in order to increase the level of involvement of carers in the development and delivery of the Carers Leeds service.

Ok but what does that actually mean?

I’ll be:

  • think about things differentlycreating a plan to ensure that we involve carers in helping us decide how the Carers Leeds service operates,
  • supporting carers to become involved in joint NHS/social care projects and strategic developments in health care (with training and support); and
  • ensuring that carers from minority communities are encouraged to participate in the project and that their views are heard.

Why is carer engagement important to me?

Having had experience of being a carer myself and having been involved in various focus groups and consultation days where I never found out what changes had been made as a result (if any), I know the importance of not only having the opportunity to be involved but also being kept informed of what is happening afterwards.

What help do I need from you right now?

At the moment I’m looking for a carer to be involved in the recruitment process for the Carers Connections job role. This role involves supporting socially isolated or lonely carers aged 50+ to make social contacts online. You would be involved in shortlisting from the applicants (choosing who we offer an interview to based on their application) and also in the interview itself (which may take place by video call or in person). You would need to be available on Monday 24th August and Friday 4th September. Full training and support will be provided. This is a great opportunity to use your current skills or to develop new ones.

If you would like to know more about this or possible future opportunities to be involved in recruitment, please contact me by e-mail nikki.pattinson@carersleeds.org.uk or phone 07508 885 898.