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ENRICH Scotland (ENabling Research In Care Homes) ENRICH Scotland | NHS Research Scotland | NHS Research Scotland is proud to present its new short (2 minute) film about research in care homes, bringing to life its mission to unify care home staff, residents, and their families with researchers to improve lives.

The film was designed and developed by ENRICH’s ‘patient and public involvement group’ known as RICH (Research in Care Homes) Voices.

“Are you involved in administering payments for public involvement in your organisation? Our guidance to help organisations, researchers and involvement staff pay public contributors has been updated following feedback from patient and public involvement and finance teams.

This guidance document is aimed at organisations that pay public contributors as part of their involvement in research. It is also intended for use by researchers and research staff with a responsibility for public involvement in research.

The guidance focuses on helping you navigate employment status and tax.”

“The UK is home to some of the world’s leading research institutions and the NIHR is one of the largest funders of research in the UK. It invested over £1.3 billion in health and social care research in 2021/22, helping to tackle a huge range of health challenges including cancer, diabetes, dementia, COVID-19, mental health and more.

So often this research has been made possible by the unique relationship between the NIHR and the NHS. The NIHR helped 1,289,937 participants take part in over 4,600 portfolio studies in England in 2021/22 and for the fifth year in succession, all NHS trusts across England delivered NIHR portfolio studies by helping their patients take part.

Launched to coincide with commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the NHS, the ‘Shape the Future’ campaign is calling on even more of the public to take part in research and sign up to clinical trials through its Be Part Of Research service – to help find the next breakthrough or innovation that will support the NHS provide even better care.

This service makes it easy for people – the public and health and care professionals alike – to find and take part in health and care research happening locally and nationally across the UK. It has introduced a new volunteer registry to make it even easier for everyone to be part of improving health treatments and care.

The NIHR will bolster the NHS through the next 75 years of its history and the studies it funds and supports have the power to shape the way health and care is delivered in the future.”

Read more here

“The HRA has been working in partnership with members of the public, the research community and the University of Lincoln to develop the People-Centred Clinical Research project, which aims to improve the way clinical research happens and make it better for all people to take part.

As part of the project there is a survey to ask people to share their experiences of clinical research, and to let us know what they think about the six proposed ‘hallmarks’ of people-centred clinical research. The HRA would like to hear from patients, carers, healthcare professionals, researchers and members of the public (including those who’ve never taken part in research). Complete the survey here.”

‘Services impact carers differently than the people they care for and their views are just as important. The views of carers are important, could make a difference, and should be valued in health and social care research. However, research often overlooks these perspectives.

NIHR have just published a set of graphics to support the involvement of unpaid/family carers in health and social care research.

We hope our graphics will provide support for both researchers and carers to work together. One graphic focuses on the top tips for researchers involving carers in their work, the other focuses on top tips for carers who are considering becoming involved.’

“The aim of the TICC project has been to create systemic change in health & social care, providing services that are better suited to our ageing population by addressing their holistic needs. It has produced a blueprint that includes a methodology to overcome blocking points in transferring socially innovative service models from one area to another. This was tested via the implementation of the Buurtzorg integrated care at home model, which consists of self-managing teams of up to 12 staff working at neighbourhood level handling every aspect of care and business.

This care-at-home model significantly reduces overheads, simplifies IT, and supports professionals through coaching rather than management, providing better outcomes for people, lower costs, fewer unplanned hospital admissions, and consistency of care. TICC was to enable other health/social care organisations to implement new ideas; increase staff productivity, recruitment and retention; and improve patient satisfaction while decreasing costs, emergency admissions and staff absences.

More information and the project evaluation report can be found at:”

The Better Care Fund has recently funded the South East Better Care team to work with social care partners to develop Care as a Career, a series of animations exploring pathways to working in social care.

In 2022, the number of Adult Social Care vacancies increased by 52% in a year – the highest rate on record[1] – which has had a significant impact on health and social care services, as well as those being cared for.

This series of animations explores the journeys, possibilities and opportunities for those working in care as a career, and how social care can be rewarding in more ways than you might imagine.

Each of the animations tells a story of how caring can provide a foundation to careers across health and care through five unique real-life carers’ journeys:


“Respiratory infections such as COVID-19, coughs, colds and flu are more serious in older people. In care homes, infections can spread easily in shared spaces when people breathe in air containing germs passed on by people coughing and sneezing.

This study aims to find out whether portable high-efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters can reduce symptoms of respiratory infections in care home residents during the winter period. Although we know they trap airborne particles, no one has tested if they can improve human health.

The AFRI-c Study website provides further information and an expression of interest form for care homes.”


This study is funded by the National Institute for Health Research 

“We are excited to announce the Applied Research Collaboration Care Home Network Event, taking place on Friday 10th March 2023, 10:00 – 16:00 at Friends House, London, NW1 2BJ.

Please see the attached programme for further details, and please click here to register for the event.

Jointly hosted by NIHR ARC Wessex and NIHR ARC East of England, the event aims:

• To maximise cross ARC knowledge exchange

• To share expertise and learning from working in and with care homes

• To identify priorities for future research, capacity building initiatives and implementation studies

• To review the growth of care home research and learning from participatory methods to reflect the needs of older people and priorities of social care

The day is organised in two parts to maximise attendance and promote care home research and partnerships with social care. You can choose to attend the morning session, afternoon session or both.

The morning focuses on building capacity in care home research, with plenary presentations and topic based discussion groups. Topics will be determined by attendees’ interests.

Lunch will be provided.

The afternoon focuses on Fifteen Years of Care Home Research; Achievements and Future Challenges and will be chaired by Julienne Meyer. It will involve a series of short presentations that reflect on how care home research and understanding have grown over the last 15 years, since the 2008 publication of Care Home Research and Development. The presentations will cross reference what has supported co-design and participatory approaches.”

Register here

“This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a keen interest in applied dementia care research to join the world leading Centre for Applied Dementia Studies  as the research assistant in the DYNAMIC project.

The position will be fixed-term, four days week, from 1/4/2023 – 30/09/2025.

The Centre, within the University of Bradford, is also a partner in the prestigious Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research

Full details are available here

Closing date is 27/1/2023.”