Plan of Work
The study started on 1 June 2015 and will last three years and three months. Information is being gathered in London and in West Yorkshire.
In year one:
We developed ways to improve health care in care homes, based on the pre-existing literature and engagement with care and medical staff.
We worked with clinicians, care home staff and family members to develop a complex intervention including:
- developing a Care Pathway for use in UK care homes
- finding out about the skills and knowledge needed by care staff and family members to detect changes in the health of care home residents
- finding out the best way to improve the skills of care home staff
- clarifying the role of family members in the care of their loved ones
- working with stakeholders to find ways to support change to happen
In years two and three:
We have completed a Feasibility study of the intervention in two care homes. During the study we tested procedures in preparation for a Pilot study, examined whether our approach to data collection is feasible, and identified refinements that are needed to the intervention and implementation support.
We now plan to expand the test to a further 14 care homes. The homes are located in London and in Yorkshire and have been recruited with assistance from local Clinical Research Networks.
Our next key milestones:
- to obtain full ethical approval of the Pilot study
- to continue the refinement of the intervention and implementation support
- to recruit Research Facilitator (a member of care home staff) to help with data collection
- to plan launch events in each of the care homes, to help with recruitment of residents, family members and care staff
- to begin Pilot study in January 2018
Last updated 13 October 2017