Overview for Care Home Staff

Online 'Understanding Research in Care Homes' course

Welcome to the 'Understanding Research in Care Homes' course. This free, on-line education tool has been expertly planned by leaders from across the education, research and care home field. This course is provided by NIHR Clinical Research Network - Learn Online.

Written by on Wednesday April 22, 2015
Section: Care Home Staff

Questions to ask researchers

When considering getting involved in research it is important to find out as much as possible about the study, and those conducting it. This section of the toolkit provides care homes with guidance on the questions to ask to ensure the best possible outcomes.

Written by on Sunday April 5, 2015
Section: Care Home Staff


Protecting residents

Almost all research projects must gain ethics committee approval and meet the legal requirements outlined in the Mental Capacity Act to ensure they protect residents and staff. This is in addition to other criteria applied by the funding body to ensure the research is appropriate and necessary. These processes are designed to protect the dignity, rights, safety and wellbeing of care home residents and those participating in research.

Written by on Sunday April 5, 2015
Section: Care Home Staff

Reasons for working with researchers

Care home managers and staff are natural researchers. It may not be termed in that way, because they ‘think of something, try it out, and if it goes well they try it again, change it or forget it’, and in simple terms this is what research is all about - organised curiosity.

Written by on Sunday April 5, 2015
Section: Care Home Staff

Understanding research

The professionals that carry out research in care homes and with residents are sometimes the same GPs, hospital doctors and health and care professionals who provide services in local health centres, local authority offices and hospitals. In other cases they will be academics based in universities or other research institutes who will be working in partnership with health and social care providers and professionals. The research they do aims to improve the quality of care and the quality of life for all people living and dying in care homes.

Written by on Saturday April 4, 2015
Section: Care Home Staff