Understanding the Network

All care homes interested in supporting research can join the Research Ready Care Home Network. Being involved in research and participating in the network can be as simple as distributing information about research studies, or as involved as helping to deliver part of a project. Involvement can be planned around the needs and interests of your residents and the time you have available. Joining is free, and means you become a part of a research community bringing about more care home research.

Joining the network will mean you:

  • Receive a certificate of participation.
  • Receive a quarterly newsletter and research promotional materials.
  • Receive information on national and local studies that could be relevant to your care home, staff, residents or family carers – and have an opportunity to support and become involved in those studies.
  • Receive education / training helping to prepare you to become involved in research and to understand what being involved can mean.
  • Join a local forum, which will provide you with the opportunity to make contact with local researchers working in a variety of disease areas, providing them with a care home and resident perspective and having the chance to influence future research.
  • Receive ongoing support to enable integration into the Network.

What you need to do to join:

  • Specify a named contact and complete relevant paperwork.
  • Generally promote NIHR research through literature distribution, displaying posters, hosting awareness sessions etc. as agreed.
  • Review all requests for support for research studies, and consider how you, your care home and residents could contribute.
  • Working with the network to ‘get ready’ to support future studies.
  • Join the ENRICH Local Network Care Home forum. This could involve attending occasional meetings, taking part in surveys and focus groups and so on.
  • Be registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) or Care Inspectorate (CI) in Scotland.
  • Be passionate about improving the lives of residents.

The Research Ready Care Home Network is supported by www.carehome.co.uk. To recognise and celebrate membership of the network participating homes receive an update on their carehome.co.uk directory entry. It will state “Member of the Research Ready Care Home Network – working with the National Institute for Health Research to support the delivery of high quality research so that residents and NHS patients can benefit from improvements in care, support and treatments.”

There is a place in the Network for all care homes interested in becoming involved in the support and delivery of research.

“By being Research Ready, we have been able to talk to researchers, and make sure that they understand how care homes really work. We gave real advice that we hope has made the difference.”

Ideal Quality Care and Nursing Home, October 2015

Research changed my life.