The Research Ready Care Home Network is run by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).
One of the ambitions of the NIHR’s Dementias and Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Network (DeNDRoN), under the “Improving Dementia Research” component of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia, is to enable more people to participate in dementia-related research. Systems are being developed to help people join research studies, and to increase public participation in research from the current low-level of just 4% of people known to have dementia. A large disease register of patients with dementia is being created.
Two-thirds of residents in care homes in Britain have some form of dementia. More research is needed to improve their treatment and care. The care home resource “carehome.co.uk” (a major online directory of UK care homes and related services) has become a cooperating partner with the Research Ready Care Home Network in order to encourage more care homes to take part in research to improve the treatment and care of people with dementia.
The Research Ready Care Home Network is part of the Enabling Research in Care Homes (ENRICH) initiative, which is a knowledge hub to promote and encourage care home-related research. This was launched earlier this year to increase participation in clinical research to 10% of all NHS patients, as part of the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia.
Adam Smith, DeNDRoN Programme Manager commented:
“We are delighted to welcome carehome.co.uk as our latest partner. There are over 17,500 care homes in England, and around 260,000 people with dementia live in those homes. We want to ensure that all those residents have an equal opportunity to participate in new studies, and we want to ensure that all those care homes are aware of the benefits of involvement.