Being involved in research has helped a care home learn more about the needs of its residents
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'.
The home was approached about contributing to studies by Johanne Tomlinson, Research Nurse at Staffordshire & Stoke on Trent NHS Partnership Trust (SSOTP), who explained to the Hill Top team what would be involved. Janice Lovatt, one of three Research Facilitators at the Clinical Research Network: West Midlands worked in partnership with Johanne to include Hill Top in a network of homes that can be approached regarding any suitable studies.
author: Clinical Research Network - West Midlands