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The Christie NHS Foundation Trust

The Christie NHS Foundation Trust is a specialist cancer centre treating a population of 3.2 million across Greater Manchester and Cheshire. The Trust has radiotherapy centres in Oldham and Salford and treats 40,000 patients a year of which a quarter are referred from other parts of the country.

13 March 2014
North West
Health, Hospitals and Hospital Trusts
Local Alliances:
Manchester Dementia Action Alliance

1. Action Plan

1. The National Dementia Declaration lists a number of outcomes that we 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?

The Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust is ensuring that the specialist cancer services it provides meet the needs of patients with a dementia diagnosis so that when patients require specialist cancer care and treatment we can also meet their other care needs. We are doing this through dementia awareness training for front line staff, the employment of a dementia nurse and the running of a dementia café for patients and their carers.

The work we are currently doing that may have national outcomes for cancer patients is by screening all cancer patients over the age of 65 to understand their cognitive level and if they need extra support to ensure that this is factored into treatment decisions and care planning. The outcome of this research will be published and will be shared at oncology meetings nationally.

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

 The challenge for our organisation is about ensuring that all clinical staff are taking point in assessing patients who are primarily over 65 and carrying out the cognitive assessment so that we can ensure that patients who have extra care requirements can be identified and a personalised plan of care can be added to their cancer pathway plan.

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2. Actions

  • Improving the dementia awareness skills of front line staff in a specialist cancer centre

    We will improve the skills of the workforce by ensuring the delivery of dementia awareness training for all front line staff.

    • 95% of front line staff to have completed e-learning on dementia awareness by March 2014;

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

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  • Improving the specialist skills of the cancer specialist to identify needs of patients who also have dementia

    Improving the specialist skills of the cancer specialist centre workforce in recognising the needs of patients with a dementia diagnosis as part of the patients cancer journey

    • Educational skills package for clinical staff implemented with regards to clinical management of  dementia patients by March 2014;

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

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  • Review of the dementia cafe

    Evaluating the impact and effectiveness of the dementia café  

    • To review of quality and effectiveness of dementia café by December 2013.

    2013 - Third Quarter Update

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