Enrich Blog

‘My Nature’: A Training Toolkit for Care Home Staff

By Noreen Orr, Research Fellow, NIHR CLAHRC South West Peninsula (PenCLAHRC), University of Exeter, Wendy Brewin, Creative Spaces Project Manager, Sensory Trust, and Ruth Garside, Senior Lecturer, University of Exeter Medical School on Oct 19, 2018

We are passionate about the natural environment and believe that nature is good for the health and wellbeing of older people living in care homes.  For over 20 years, Sensory Trust has been developing a range of projects promoting sensory approaches to the natural environment in the belief that it brings social, health and wellbeing benefits.  Four years ago, we collaborated on a project to synthesise qualitative evidence (words) on how older people (including those with dementia) describe their sensory engagement with the outside world. 

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categories: My Research Project - tags: carehomeresearch, nihr


Incorporating Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) into Dementia Research: Alzheimer’s Society Research Network & the DCM™ EPIC trial

By Alys Griffiths, Research Fellow, Leeds Beckett University on Jun 27, 2018

The Dementia Care Mapping (DCM™) Enhancing Person-centred care in Care Homes (EPIC) clinical trial aimed to understand whether DCM™ reduced behaviours that are often associated with agitation for people living with dementia in care homes.

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categories: My Research Project, Setting up a study - tags: dementia, ppi, research, Leeds


Improving the Management of Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) in Care Homes

By Emma Randle, Clinical Studies Officer (CSO) at The National Centre for Mental Health, The Barberry, Birmingham on Jun 04, 2018

In this blog post, Emma Randle, who is the Clinical Studies Officer (CSO) at The National Centre for Mental Health, The Barberry, Birmingham, reflects on the MEDREV study, which was led by Dr Ian Maidment, a Senior Lecturer in Clinical Pharmacy at Aston University. The study tested the feasibility of staff training (for care home staff and GPs) and medication review (by specialist pharmacists) to limit inappropriate prescribing of psychotropics for Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD) in people with dementia in care homes.

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categories: My Research Project - tags: carehome, dementia


Getting to the nub of the issue: Involving people who are living with dementia

By Anna Volkmer, Speech and Language Therapist/NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, University College London on May 22, 2018

Anna completed her undergraduate speech and language therapy degree at UCL, in 2002, before embarking on a career working in neurological conditions, such as dementia. In this blog post, she outlines how patient and public involvement has strengthened her PhD project.

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categories: Setting up a study - tags: research, dementia, phd, ucl


East Midlands showcase their research muscles in Research in Ageing Network Discussion Paper

By Chris Craig, Research in Ageing Network Coordinator, Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) East Midlands on Feb 21, 2018

Turning the spotlight on care home research happening across the East Midlands, Chris Craig discovers the breadth of research expertise in the region. 

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