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A Toolkit for Care Home Research

A practical guide for researchers, care homes and residents supporting improved engagement and the delivery of research


Developed by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Dementia and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN), the (Enabling Research in Care Homes) ENRICH toolkit draws on work from the NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR). Whilst focusing on dementia the toolkit has been designed to be applicable to other disease areas and conditions, and information provided can be used to support the promotion of all high-quality research.

There are over 18,000 care homes in England providing homes and care for over 386,000 people. The ENRICH programme aims to support increasing the amount of research from its current levels in order to improve the quality of life and quality of care for all care home residents especially people with dementia.

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Advice and guidance for Researchers, Research Staff, and Local Research Networks on how to prepare and carry out studies in a care home.


Find out what it means to support research in a care home, and what the benefits for you in participating in research studies.


Learn about the role Residents, Carers and Family members can play in supporting high-quality research.

About NIHR CRN Dementias & neurodegeneration (DeNDRoN)

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Clinical Research Network, Dementias and neurodegeneration (DeNDRoN) supports the delivery of high-quality research, and assists patients, residents, carers and the public to be involved. DeNDRoN is working hard to deliver on the government’s research priority, and on increasing participation in research as part of the Prime Minister's Challenge on Dementia. DeNDRoN wants to ensure that patients and residents can benefit from new and better treatments, and practitioners can learn how to improve health and care for the future. The network is coordinated by a consortium of University College London, Newcastle University, Cardiff University and the University of Sheffield.

Find out how DeNDRoN is delivering at