Consultant in Liaison psychiatry
MB, CHB, MSc, MRCPsych
Year started at Christie
Roles and responsibilities
At The Christie
Clinical Lead for Psycho oncology department.
Clinical Lead for the Dementia CQUINS
At other sites
MSc on Substance misuse in schizophrenia
I have been involved in expanding the role of the psycho oncology department from a mainly outpatient based service. The number of inpatient referral we see has increased significantly. With extra funding, I have been able to expand the team, and the number of therapies offered, for example I have set up a psychosexual service under the supervision of Dr Josie Butcher. We also have a psychologist, who has been in post for two and a half years.
I have also developed the education provision of the service to the trust. The team provide training is on the Mental Capacity Act, Dementia awareness and management of confusion and agitation. The team also provide education and supervision for Christie staff providing level two psychological interventions.
The aim of the education initiatives is to improve staff expertise and confidence in assessing and managing psychological distress and psychiatric disorders, and knowing when to refer on and who to refer to.
I am in the process of rolling out a dementia strategy in the trust, as part of the CQUINS initiative, which is an ongoing project involving staff training, environment modification and support for carers amongst other initiatives.
I have also set up an audit database for the psycho-oncology department to look at outcomes for patients referred to our service.
Tania Hawthorn's publications in The Christie research publications repository - Will open a new window
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I started my psychiatry training inLondonin 1996, moving back to
Manchester in 1997. During my training, I became interested in
psychological interventions, and received training and supervision
in the conversational model of psychotherapy from Graham McGrath at
Gaskell house. I also worked in the Northwest psychosexual clinic
with Lyn Webster and attended the Group Analysis North
Psychotherapy course... I completed my training with an endorsement
in liaison psychiatry in 2006 and have been in post at the Christie
since then. I am keen to improve the management of acute and
chronic confusion among hospital inpatients, and to raise awareness
of psychological issues related to survivorship, such as sexuality.
I am committed to a holistic approach to patient care.