The Healthcare Management Trust

The Healthcare Management Trust was founded in 1985 as a registered charity to provide consultancy services to healthcare providers founded by religious groups. Our aim has always been to develop and promote the services offered by associated charitable hospitals and care homes so that they can be a viable alternative to the commercial companies both now and into the future. HMT is a unique organisation working with acute hospitals and care homes seeking to achieve a commonality in dementia care across all sites. HMT Care Homes provide accommodation, care and support for the older person. HMT Hospitals provide private and NHS acute medical and surgical diagnosis, treatment and care. HMT Consultancy offers management services, consultancy and advice to other charities and not for profit providers within the healthcare sector.

10 February 2016
Care, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts, Faith Groups

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists seven outcomes that the DAA are seeking to achieve for people with dementia and their carers. How would you describe your organisation’s role in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia and their carers?

HMT is firmly committed to its not-for-profit status. Working in a way that preserves each Home or Hospital’s individual founding ethos and principles which are rooted in the needs of the local communities they serve. HMT has developed a Dementia Framework based on the Government’s Dementia Strategy and this is the organisation’s starting point in ensuring that the highest standard of provision is provided to those with dementia in our care. As part of the HMT Business Plan for 2014, HMT is exploring potential for involvement with the local community, working with carers of dementia sufferers, sharing our knowledge and expertise to support them and promote awareness of dementia in society.

Each of HMT’s care homes and hospitals now has an assigned Dementia Lead and this person will be responsible for championing dementia care in their site and community and ensuring that the latest research findings, training and best practice are implemented within their facility. HMT will continue to support faith organisations in their care provision of dementia sufferers and assisting them in the running of their sites. HMT is funding research on dementia with partnership organisations and the findings will be shared with the wider healthcare community.

2. What are the challenges to delivering these outcomes from the perspective of your organisation?

One of the challenges facing the organisation in delivering better outcomes for people with dementia care is adapting current sites to support initiatives of facilitating support to the community. Bringing the community into HMT sites to provide support, education and information for carers and sufferers of dementia requires design and staffing changes which need to be addressed.

Determining the best dementia training programme suitable for all sites and ensuring that all staff members complete and understand the training is another challenge which HMT faces.

Another challenge will be adapting the budget of each site to encompass and fully enable the Dementia Leads to implement their findings in their sites; this may range from design changes for supporting dementia sufferers to training to ensure the best level of care provision. 

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2. Actions

  • HMT will implement and review its Dementia Strategy to sustain an evolving dementia provision.

    HMT acknowledges best practice dementia care and strives to implement the latest research findings of dementia across all their sites. To ensure that HMT sites are offering best practice care HMT implemented a Dementia Strategy incorporating design aspects, therapies and dementia training. HMT continues to strive to provide the best in dementia care that meets modern expectations and will maintain and review the Dementia Strategy to make our homes more dementia friendly. The provision of dementia care will continue to be the main development objective in line with the HMT strategy of its homes becoming a flagship of excellence in the area. 

    Currently we are developing Namaste sessions for our residents with dementia which is a structured, care programme that integrates compassionate nursing care with individualised activities for people with advanced dementia. ‘Namaste’ is an Indian greeting which means ‘to honour the spirit within’. The Namaste Care programme seeks to give comfort and pleasure to people with advanced dementia through meaningful activity and sensory stimulation, especially the use of touch. We have also revamped a dementia unit to improve the environment for the residents including new signage, pictorial menus and activity boards and colour themed toilet seats to aid recognition and reduce stress. Once the Namaste programme has successfully been introduced we are planning to at implementing the Sonas Programme which consists of group sessions providing cognitive, sensory and social stimulation. The programme is primarily aimed at residents with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia – although it has also been found to be beneficial to those with Parkinson’s, stroke and those who experience extreme social isolation.  Plans are also in hand to redevelop the bathroom in the HDU to create a more dementia friendly environment where simple but careful consideration of design can reduce the barriers that people with dementia can face in carrying out daily living activities thereby greatly improving their safety and preserving their independence for as long as possible. 


    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    HMT has put on hold the development of new build care homes until the uncertainties around the practical implications of the Care Act 2014 become clearer.

  • Determining the best dementia training programme for all staff members at all sites.

    HMT researched numerous training providers to establish the dementia training programme best suited to the needs of those we care for. Disseminating best practice standards of dementia care across all sites is a key objective of HMT in ensuring the best achievable provision of dementia care. 

    Progress in delivering training is reviewed periodically across the organisation, alongside dementia research and the Dementia Strategy.HMT now has a ‘research ready’ home, with plans underway to participate in an HMT funded research project. Dementia training is on-going and all members of staff participate – this training is renewed each year to ensure that they remain up to date on any new developments. Training sessions are also held for dementia leads.


    2015 - Third Quarter Update

    Review of training needs and agreement to support research project

  • Supporting research into dementia and capacity-building.

    In 2014 HMT funded 3 research projects focussing on people living with dementia. A further 4 projects were funded in 2015, full details are published on our website:

    HMT is also sponsoring an international conference in Salford on Dementia and Human Rights in September 2015.

    HMT will continue to look for relevant projects to fund and develop a 2016 summer school for graduates wishing to undertake dementia research.


    2014 - Second Quarter Update

    New member