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

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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.

Pamela Lacy, Research & Dissemination Manager, Thomas Pocklington Trust

28th April
2017

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Understanding older people’s experiences of living with sight loss in care homes

Pamela Lacy, Research & Dissemination Manager, Thomas Pocklington Trust

There is a growing body of research into the issues of sight loss in older age. However, little focuses explicitly on the perspectives of older people living in residential care.

Danni Collingridge Moore, Senior Research Associate, Division of Health Research, Lancaster University

30th March
2017

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Sustaining research involvement until the end of the project – response rates and retention

Danni Collingridge Moore, Senior Research Associate, Division of Health Research, Lancaster University

It easy to think at the beginning of a study that once care homes have been recruited, the rest of the study will be plain sailing…. think again!

Dr Catherine Quinn, Senior Research Fellow, University of Exeter

28th February
2017

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Interviewing people with dementia: Practical tips

Dr Catherine Quinn, Senior Research Fellow, University of Exeter

When developing a research study there is lots of information on how to design a study; however, there is less guidance available on how to go about collecting the data and working with participants. This is something I reflected upon whilst developing the training for researchers working on the IDEAL study (Improving the experience of Dementia and Enhancing Active Life; www.IDEALproject.org.uk).