Interested in improving support for carers at home?

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Participants will receive training and resources in return for information on the service’s use of the tool.

Researchers at the Universities of Manchester and Cambridge are looking for hospice services (including specialist community palliative care teams and hospice at home teams) who are interested in implementing the Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT).

The CSNAT is an evidence based tool, developed with the help of carers, to aid assessment of carers’ support needs when supporting a relative or friend at home towards the end of life.

The project will look at how services may differ in their use of CSNAT and why.

Participants in the project will be provided with a CSNAT education day for two to three staff in a central location, who can then cascade CSNAT within their service. Additional resource materials, project team support and support from peers in other participating services will also be available.

In return, services must agree to support staff to attend the education day, and provide information on their service, their experience of using the CSNAT and how much the CSNAT is actually used.

The researchers are aiming to recruit 40 to 45 participants to start from July onwards. So far 29 services have expressed an interest in taking part.

The project is funded by Dimbleby Cancer Care and run by the Universities of Manchester and Cambridge.

For further information contact Gunn Grande, School of Nursing, Midwifery & Social Work, The University of Manchester, or Gail Ewing, Centre for Family Research, University of Cambridge.

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