Overview for Research Community

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.

Written by on Saturday March 21, 2015
Section: Research Community

Concerns about quality of care

As with all care settings, researchers may on occasion observe and document poor care or have general concerns about the quality of care and residents’ safety. The majority of care homes provide good care often with limited resources and limited access to external support and training. However, it is important that researchers be prepared for this eventuality and have given some consideration to appropriate responses.

Written by on Saturday March 21, 2015
Section: Research Community

Practical advice

Researchers who have undertaken research in care homes have given the following advice on recruitment, set up, sharing information, consent and maintaining relationships:

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Carrying out research studies

Irrespective of where the research is conducted, almost all research must receive both ethics and governance approval but all must meet the legal requirements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

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Costs of conducting research in care homes

When developing a study, it is important to consider which activities will be eligible for NHS Clinical Network Service Support, and which will require research funding from another source.

Written by on Saturday March 21, 2015
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Ethics, research governance and consent

All research undertaken in care homes must be approved by an ethics committee and meet the legal requirements outlined in the Mental Capacity Act 2005. It is also important to consider aspects such as research management and governance permissions, insurance and support requirements. Ethics can be complex and researcher might receive conflicting advice. There is currently little national guidance on how this can be applied in the care home sector therefore it is important to find out what is required locally for small scale studies as this may be different than for national multi-centre sites.

Written by on Thursday March 19, 2015
Section: Research Community