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Play tours care homes to spread message of dementia research

Mar 13, 2018 by

The Clinical Research Network for Yorkshire and Humber is sponsoring a tour of a set of short plays called Three, co-written by people living with dementia. The plays are part of the West Yorkshire Playhouse’s Every Third Minute festival - where people with dementia are part of the creative process. Three will tour for two weeks in March to care homes and community centres around Leeds.

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Projects focused on musculoskeletal, falls, fractures & frailty

Mar 08, 2018 by Andrea Fisher

Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) aim to spread innovation to improve health and generate economic growth; connecting the NHS with academic organisations, local authorities, the third sector and industry.

A summary of projects from the Network with a focus on musculoskeletal, falls, fractures and frailty, has recently been published. These include a number taking place in care home settings:

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What are families’ experiences of acting as a consultee or representative for someone who lacks capacity to consent for research?

Feb 27, 2018 by Andrea Fisher

People may be unable to make their own decision about whether to take part in a research study due to impaired mental capacity. Therefore, family and friends may be involved in the decision making on their behalf, which can be challenging.

The DECISION Study is a qualitative interview study to explore family members’ experiences of acting as a research consultee or legal representative for someone who lacks capacity to consent for research; and the research team are looking for people to take part. The study is open to all those in England and Wales who have decided about whether a family member who lacks capacity to consent should or should not take part in a research study in the last 18 months.

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Being involved in research has helped a care home learn more about the needs of its residents

Feb 09, 2018 by Clinical Research Network - West Midlands

Kath Barcroft, the Manager of Hill Top Care Home in Stoke on Trent, is a convert to the benefits of taking part in clinical research.

'Most people wouldn’t think that we could be doing research in a care home, but we have been doing it now for a couple of years and I would really recommend other care homes to get involved. It has really been a worthwhile experience - we have learnt so much about the needs of our patients and it helps to involve our residents’ families in their care as well as helping us to engage with them'.

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It’s Not Just Hospitals – the variety of settings where clinical research can take place (Part 2 – Care Homes)

Feb 08, 2018 by Sandra Prew

Hear from Sandra Prew, ENRICH lead in the West Midlands, as she explores overcoming the challenges of conducting research in Care Homes, such as having a shared vision between care homes and researchers of improving residents’ lives.

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Chatting to care home residents about their interests boosts their quality of life, according to trial

Feb 07, 2018 by Adam Smith

Just one hour a week of social interaction helps dementia patients

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