A new approach to collaborative research with care homes in Worcester

Research project: The Care-Home Action Researcher-in-residence Model (CHARM)

Lead Investigator: Professor Tracey Williamson

  • Institution: University of Worcester
  • Grant type: Care Collaboration Grant 
  • Duration: 12 months 
  • Amount: £91,030

Why did we fund this research?

Research in care homes can often feel like it is carried out ‘on’ staff and residents rather than ‘with’ them.

Alzheimer’s Society, in partnership with Dunhill Medical Trust, have funded three grants to test different models for researchers to work in partnership with care homes to design and carry out research collaboratively.

This novel way of working will make sure research addresses challenges that are relevant to professionals and people living with dementia.

It also ensures the solutions developed are practical and can be used on a larger scale. These projects will collaborate and share learning with the wider care home and research community.

What does the project involve? 

The researchers will be working in partnership with four care home providers: Assured Healthcare Solutions Ltd, Hallmark Care Homes, Sanctuary Care and Care UK.

The research team will work closely with one care home from each provider. They will be based within the care homes to develop relationships and work collaboratively and will empower staff and residents to become co-researchers.  

Alongside care home staff, the research team will explore topics that each home would like to investigate and agree 2-3 projects that they will undertake. 

Whilst in the care homes, the researchers will be improving awareness among the staff about what we already know from research that can be implemented to improve care as well as creating new research ideas that are relevant to the care home community. 

How will this benefit people with dementia? 

This project provides the funding and flexibility to enable researchers to work in partnership with care homes to develop relationships, identify challenges and co-design evidence-based solutions that can be implemented and scaled up to improve care. 

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