There are many different types of research which may be available for your particular Care Home. Participating in research can range from distributing leaflets about research to residents to helping conduct studies. The aim of supporting research is to help improve the quality of life for residents and other people living with dementia or other illnesses in Care Homes.
Most of the benefits of taking part in research will relate to each specific study in which you decide to take part in. However in general:
- Research may lead to better links with community services and other local Care Home networks
- New developments in providing care may reach your Care Home that are useful to everyday practice
- Research may assist in promoting your Care Home and lets residents and their families know your Care Home is actively involved in providing evidence-based practice.
- Research may contribute towards staff continuous professional development and Nurse’s re-validation.
Benefits of joining ENRICH Cymru include:
- Regular updates about upcoming research opportunities in Wales
- Endorsement on the www.carehome.co.uk website to promote your Care Home to prospective residents and their families.
- Access to free online training http://enrich.nihr.ac.uk/page/open-online-course
- Opportunities to attend research and training events
Joining the ENRICH Cymru network:
If a home wishes to join the ENRICH network, an ENRICH team member will contact the home manager to provide more information about the network, answer questions and to check that the home meets the network’s requirements. Ask your your National Research Coordinator about ways to get involved:
Stephanie Watts 01792 603024 or email@example.com
Current opportunities to take part in research in Wales:
'Examining the learning processes and preferences of people with dementia and people with intellectual disabilities and dementia'
Bangor University - recruiting in north wales
The aim of this study is to examine the preferences of people with dementia and also people with intellectual disabilities and dementia to determine individualised rankings of preferred items. Additionally, the study will compare two different methods of teaching to see which is more valuable when supporting people with a diagnosis of dementia.
The study is now recruiting for participants to take part in a preference assessment and learning assessment. Participants are required to have a diagnosis of any type of dementia, and can also have a diagnosis of an intellectual disability (although not required) and must live in the North Wales region. They must be able to follow a simple instruction (e.g. pick what you would like) and have no significant impairments in vision that would prevent them from seeing items on a table in front of them.
Please get in contact with Zoe Lucock or Dr Rebecca Sharp for more details or to take part in the study.
'Peoples understanding and experiences of long term medication for pain'
The aim of this study is to assess participants’ views about their chronic pain, long term medications, any side effects and their expectations of health services. It is hoped that this information will contribute to developing ways of communicating with patients that is amenable to both health professionals and service users and will inform a relatively unexplored area of research.
The study is now recruiting to gain a broader range of views. Participants would need to completiea short questionnaire and/or participate in an interview with the Lead Investigator Sherrill Snelgrove.
Those eligible are people who reside in a care home or in their own home, are receiving pain medication for at least 3 months, live in Swansea, Bridgend, Port Talbot/ Neath and having medications reviews and are able to make their own decision to participate. Please get in touch directly with Dr Snelgrove for details about how to take part.
Research staff: Sherrill Snelgrove (Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences), Miss Sarah Long (community pharmacist (ABMUHB) and Prof. Sue Jordan (Swansea University)
Contact Dr Snelgrove:
Telephone: (01792) 513466
Latest developments in Care Home Research in Wales
ADRe - The Adverse Drug Reaction Profile for Medicines in Mental Health
New research demonstrates how The Adverse Drug Reaction Profile for Medicines in Mental Health can help Care Homes in Wales meet the recommendations of the Welsh Government report on antipsychotics in Care Homes, recommended as best practice. For more information please take a look at: ADRe Infographic and for an overview of the research development pleae look at: ADRe overview
Access to the full ADRe journal paper
For further details please contact Sue Jordan: firstname.lastname@example.org
PAAD and PRINCESS study
Care homes across Wales have been taking part in two NIHR funded research studies. Find out more about the PAAD study, which investigated the use of probiotics in a Care Home setting.
Find out more about the PRINCESS study which explored whether probiotics can reduce rates of infection and/or the need for antibiotic treatment.
Resources for Care Home Staff
Click here to learn more about involving residents who may lack capacity and what to do if capacity changes during the course of a research study. Courtesy of Vicky Sheperd at Cardiff University: ShepherdVL1@cardiff.ac.uk
Research In Action
Click here to read about the experiences of Care Home Staff taking part in research around ‘Creative Conversations’: an arts-in-health approach to communication, a partnership between Bangor University, Flintshire Social Services, and Dementia Positive, that aimed to develop a care staff development programme using the arts to improve interactions between care staff and residents living with dementia.
Please follow the links below to access other networks and organisations across Wales and the rest of the UK
The leading UK Care Home review website with 18,505 Care Homes, 16 million+ visits per year & 76,473 Care Home reviews
National body that registers, inspects and takes action to improve the quality and safety of services for the well-being of older people in Wales.
The UK-wide website for ENRICH in England and Scotland with a full range of resources for Care Home staff and the Research community
A Welsh Government funded body, supporting and developing excellent research which has a positive impact on the health, wellbeing and prosperity of the people in Wales.
People with dementia or memory problems, their carers and anyone who is interested can sign up. You can also sign up for someone else, providing that you have their consent.
Registering is the first step in becoming involved in supporting vital research studies across the nation.
A UK-wide initiative that promotes quality of life and delivers positive change in care homes for older people
A research centre focusing on primary and emergency care, funded by Health and Care Research Wales in order to develop and coordinate research proposals and support researchers. It is an all-Wales centre co-led by Cardiff University, Bangor University, University of South Wales, and Swansea University.
A world class research centre addressing key internationally important questions in ageing and dementia. The Centre integrates multi-disciplinary activity and develops areas of expertise from biological, through psycho-social and environmental, to social policy in ageing and dementia.
The School will benefit social care practitioners and the social care sector in assisting them in taking forward their research and evidence based practice aspirations, and benefit research providers in supporting them engage with the social care sector in the delivery of research that makes a sustained and tangible difference.