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New Project ECHO network in collaboration with Hospice UK

The CSNAT team are collaborating with Hospice UK to establish a new Project ECHO network  which aims to bring together Hospices all over the UK to access education, advice and peer support to help with implementation of person-centred assessment and support for family carers. It is hoped this network will also help hospices to meet the most recent recommendations from two recent Hospice UK reports:

1. Current state of caring for family carers in UK Hospices

2. Carers report: providing comprehensive, person-centred assessment and support for family carers towards the end of life

If you would like to register to become a part of this network, please click here

Or if you would like to find out more please email Janet Diffin:

 The poster below explains the Project ECHO network in more detail:



CSNAT recommended in the new Daffodil Standards 2019

We are delighted that the CSNAT, together with our online training, has been recommended in the newly released Daffodil Standards (Royal College of General Practitioners). For further information see: Standard 3 –  Carer Support – before and after death 

CSNAT Conference 2019: A Huge Success!

Through popular request, we hosted our second ‘CSNAT’ conference on Friday 1st March 2019. This was an update our first conference we hosted in Milton Keynes in March 2016. Three years on, we have learned a lot and were delighted to have the opportunity to share this with everyone. The conference served as a useful forum for discussion of implementation of an evidence based, person centred approach to assessing and supporting carers in routine practice – focussing very much on the realities of practice rather than the rhetoric.

For further information and to view the presentations from the day please click here

Launch of ‘The CSNAT Approach Training and Implementation Toolkit’ (Feb 2019)

We are delighted to announce that The CSNAT Approach Training and Implementation Tookit has now launched! The new online training package can be accessed free of charge and allows health and social care practitioners from across the world to access Continuing Professional Development (CPD) accredited training in how to implement the CSNAT Approach, in order to best meet the needs of carers. Importantly the training also addresses key organisational issues to be considered in planning, piloting and sustaining implementation in the longer term.

Click here for further information

Updates on the latest CSNAT research (February 2019)

We have two research projects currently running in collaboration between the University of Manchester and University of Cambridge, exploring the use of the CSNAT in different settings.

In the CSNAT hospital discharge study, we are looking at the feasibility of using the CSNAT to support carers of people at hospital discharge at end-of-life. We are working with hospital and community palliative care practitioners in one local NHS Trust. These practitioners have been using the CSNAT for around 6 months. We are currently analysing their reflections on their experiences of using the CSNAT. This work is supported by NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester.

In the CSNAT-MND study, we are exploring the use of the CSNAT in the context of Motor Neurone Disease. We are working with three specialist NHS MND services. In stage 1, we held focus groups with carers to explore their support needs when caring for someone with MND. This information fed into stage 2, where we worked with carers and practitioners to develop the CSNAT materials for use in the context of MND care. We are now in the final stage of the project, where the three services are using the CSNAT-MND in practice. We are about to start recruiting carers to explore their experiences of a CSNAT-MND assessment. This work is supported by the MND Association, Marie Curie Cancer Care, and NIHR CLAHRC Greater Manchester.

Winners at NIHR Charities Consortium Conference for Hospice and Community based Research 2018

The CSNAT team were delighted to receive the award for the Research team which has published the results of practice changing research study on the NIHR portfolio at the first ever NIHR Charities Consortium Conference for Hospice and Community based Research.

Professor Gunn Grande collected the award on behalf of the CSNAT team (Prof Gunn Grande, Dr Gail Ewing & Dr Janet Diffin).

To view a copy of the presentation Prof Gunn Grande gave on the day to demonstrate the impact of the CSNAT programme of work please select this link

Pictured left to right: Julia Neuberger, Prof Gunn Grande (CSNAT team), Sabine Best (Head of Research, Marie Curie).