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Read the real-life experiences of people involved in care home research.

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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

19th October
2018

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

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

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.

Alys Griffiths, Research Fellow, Leeds Beckett University

27th June
2018

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

Alys Griffiths, Research Fellow, Leeds Beckett University

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.

Emma Randle, Clinical Studies Officer (CSO) at The National Centre for Mental Health, The Barberry, Birmingham

4th June
2018

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

Emma Randle, Clinical Studies Officer (CSO) at The National Centre for Mental Health, The Barberry, Birmingham

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.

Anna Volkmer, Speech and Language Therapist/NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, University College London

22nd May
2018

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

Anna Volkmer, Speech and Language Therapist/NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, University College London

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.

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

21st February
2018

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

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

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

Fawn Harrad, ENRICH Facilitator, NIHR West Midlands

16th November
2017

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Taking part in research – What’s in it for the Care Homes?

Fawn Harrad, ENRICH Facilitator, NIHR West Midlands

Exploring why care homes should engage in research, and how staff & residents benefit

Carinna Uy, Staff Nurse, Kineton Manor Nursing Home

10th October
2017

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My experience of Research and the REACH Study

Carinna Uy, Staff Nurse, Kineton Manor Nursing Home

In this blog post, Carinna UY, Senior Nurse from Kineton Manor Nursing Home in Warwick, speaks with ENRICH West Midlands Facilitator Fawn Harrad about her experience of taking part in a local study

Professor Gill Livingston, University College London

3rd August
2017

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Dementia – Potentially modifiable or not?

Professor Gill Livingston, University College London

As a doctor researcher within UCL psychiatry, I am concerned with what works to help people with dementia and their families and to generate and help implement research which makes a difference to future dementia challenges.

Professor Steve Iliffe, University College London

29th June
2017

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Research in care homes, five years on

Professor Steve Iliffe, University College London

Providing an update from the recemt Care Home Medicine conference.

Victoria Simmons, Research Assistant, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

31st May
2017

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How to make friends and influence people…in care homes.

Victoria Simmons, Research Assistant, Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

Upon your arrival at a care home the last thing you want to see as a researcher is the care staff cowering away in the kitchen and the face drop of a visiting relative.