Facilitating successful implementation of the Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) intervention within palliative care

Janet Diffin, Gail Ewing, Gunn Grande

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Abstract

Background: The Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) intervention identifies and addresses family carer support needs towards end of life 1-3. This person-centred approach involves a change in practice from a practitioner- to carer-led assessment process. Numerous policies recommend carers’ needs should be addressed yet there is little guidance on how to achieve this within palliative care. To address this gap and assist a change to a carer-led process, an implementation strategy for the CSNAT intervention was developed, of which facilitation is key.
Aims: investigate components of facilitation associated with successful implementation of the CSNAT intervention across 36 palliative care services.
Methods: Qualitative: Interviews three and six months post-CSNAT implementation with 38 practitioners acting as CSNAT ‘champion’ (internal facilitation) in 32 services. Researcher field notes collected from teleconference support sessions with ‘champions’ (external facilitation).
Results: Successful implementation of the CSNAT intervention was associated with: a teamwork approach to facilitation; the ‘lead champion’ having a leadership role in the service e.g. team manager; presenting a clear rationale why a change in practice was needed; reviewing progress and making changes to overcome identified barriers; ‘champions’ having good communication skills and authority to make changes. Aspects of context which constrained facilitation included the need to establish a new carer record, and organisational changes e.g. budget cuts, and a culture focused on the patient. Management support assisted with facilitation efforts.
Conclusions: Establishing a team of practitioners to lead facilitation of the CSNAT intervention and regularly review implementation progress, is recommended to help ensure implementation success.
Original languageEnglish
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016
EventThe Annual Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Conference: "Round the Clock" - Royal Society of Medicine, London, United Kingdom
Duration: 19 Oct 201619 Oct 2016

Conference

ConferenceThe Annual Marie Curie Palliative Care Research Conference
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityLondon
Period19/10/201619/10/2016

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