ENRICHEnabling Research in Care Homes
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Read the real-life experiences of people involved in care home research.
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Adam Smith, Programme Manager, Office of the NIHR National Director for Dementia Research
The ENRICH initiative has been running for several years, the overall aim has been to improve the support provided to researchers wishing to work with care homes, improve care homes access, influence and involvement in research and address issues with care home residents being underrepresented in research and in clinical trials.
Victoria Shepherd, NIHR Doctoral Research Fellow, Centre for Trials Research, Cardiff University
I have had the honour of being involved in a number of studies involving those living, and working, in care homes over the past few years. This has meant seeing first-hand how challenging it can be for care homes to balance research activities alongside their, often extremely busy, role providing care for those living there. But also, how their commitment to ensuring that their residents are provided with the best possible care is woven through both these roles.
Julie Watson, Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia at the University of Edinburgh
When a researcher leaves a care home after gathering the information they need, this may be the end of the research for the staff and residents, but it is just the beginning of the next stage of the process for the researcher – analysing and sharing their findings.
Danielle Wilson, Interim Clinical Research Domain Lead, Cognitive Impairment and Dementia, Clinical Trials Facility Manager – West London Mental Health Trust
I first dipped my toe into the world of research almost 10 years ago when conducting a randomised control trial investigating infection control in care homes. We were specifically looking at MRSA infection rates in care homes, when MRSA was an extremely hot topic in the media.
Wendy Mitchell, Join Dementia Research Champion
When people think of research they often think of clinical trials and scientists in white coats in laboratories, but social and technological research is equally important. Research into the best ways to care for people is paramount as current standards often fall short of the ideal. This is often due to, in the past, low pay and low public esteem as to the work that goes on in care homes.
Professor Steve Iliffe, Research Department of Primary Care and Population Health, University College London
There has been an increase in research of dementia end-of-life care in recent years, in this blog Professor Iliffe looks at the progress being made.
Claire Surr, Professor of Dementia Studies, Leeds Beckett University
We have all heard the old adages ‘Never work with children or animals’ or ‘mad dogs and Englishmen’ and I think that sometimes research in care homes and with people with dementia are often perceived similarly by fellow academics; just too difficult to do and only undertaken by the foolhardy.
Working in care home research for the past five years has meant visiting a lot of homes.
I have been working on ENRICH since November 2014 – the ENRICH Project was launched nationally in 2012 but the initiative was not taken up in the West Midlands until late 2014, when we had 1 care home signed up and little research activity. CRN West Midlands is the second largest Network with a population of 5.7 million (the size of Denmark), and houses over 800 care homes.
Professor Jill Manthorpe
Many studies have considered handovers between shifts in hospital settings, but handovers have yet to be explored in care homes.