Published: 12/08/2004, Volume II4, No. 5918 Page 31

Acting chief executive officer of the Institute of Healthcare Management Rosey Foster is also chair of Carers UK.

I became involved in the charity when I was a carer for my elderly parents.

One in four of us will have a caring role during our lifetime.

Carers are the invisible army who save the NHS billions.

As a trustee it was rewarding to follow the progress through Parliament of the Carers Act. As chair it is now a privilege to witness the all-party support for the new Carers (Equal Opportunities) Bill likely to receive royal assent this summer.

This will enable carers better work opportunities and ensure their own health is given more consideration.

I recommend more managers take an active part with the voluntary sector. It will give them an alternative perspective as well as contributing to their continuous professional development.

lLast week's Work-life article on carers should have been credited to Jacqui Siggers, deputy director of human resources at East Kent Hospitals trust.