Network support

The Clinical Research Network (CRN) is part of the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and provides the infrastructure that allows high-quality clinical research to take place in the NHS.


The NIHR ENRICH Research Ready Care Home Network has been created to support researchers, to establish and deliver studies involving care homes and studies which involve (or could potentially involve) care home residents, family members or staff.

The NIHR ENRICH Research Ready Care Home Network operates through local offices across England and Scotland.

Through the local offices the network is able to support identification of sites, facilitate recruitment and feasibility activities and provide a forum for researchers to link with enthusiastic local care homes dedicated to improving the lives, care and treatments of residents.

To find out if the Network can provide support to you contact one of the local offices supporting delivery of the Network.

"With the knowledge we have gained about implementation of research in care homes and the connections that we have since established, we have successfully been awarded an NIHR SRN Portfolio Development grant to support development of research funding proposals to tackle the unmet needs of stroke survivors in care homes. We would not have been able to progress in this important area without the help and support from the ENRICH team"

Dr Daniel Lasserson from the Department of Primary Care Health Sciences at University of Oxford

"The interest in ENRICH has been very encouraging. Care homes are the main providers of long term care for older people in England.  Older people living in care homes should have the same opportunities as everyone else to contribute to and participate in research that seeks to improve their health and wellbeing."

Claire Goodman, Professor of Health Care Research, University of Hertfordshire