Publications and presentations
We have agreed to focus on three papers on different aspects of the study: 'Development of the intervention', led by Professor Murna Downs and Dr Alan Blighe; 'The story of implementation', led by Professors Katherine Froggatt and Brendan McCormack; and Drs Liz Sampson and Greta Rait leading on the 'Effectiveness of the intervention'.
Papers accepted for publication
Family involvement in timely detection of changes in health of nursing homes residents: a qualitative exploratory study
Dr Catherine Powell is the lead author of this paper, which is published in the Journal of Clinical Nursing. It draws on interviews that she conducted with family members of care home residents about their actual and preferred involvement in the health care of their relative.
Papers in progress
Early detection and diagnosis of ill-health in care home residents: Development of the Better Health in Residents in Care Homes (BHiRCH) intervention
Dr Alan Blighe is drafting this paper. We may submit it to BMC Geriatrics.
Developing core competencies for timely detection of health changes in UK nursing homes
This paper by lead author Dr Catherine Powell describes the process of identifying core competencies for the timely detection and management of health conditions by nursing home staff, made during the development of our complex intervention.
Watch this webinar about the BHiRCH project, delivered by Dr Alan Blighe, Research Programme Manager.
International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Congress 2017
We attended the International Association of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG) Congress in San Francisco in July 2017, where Professor Murna Downs of the University of Bradford presented our work on the development of the complex intervention and its feasibility testing and outcomes (above).
British Society of Gerontology Conference 2017
Dr Catherine Powell presented our work exploring the involvement of family members in the timely detection of residents' health conditions in nursing homes at the British Society of Gerontology Conference 2017 at Swansea University in July 2017. Read more about the conference in this blog
Medical care for residents of care homes: What works?
Dr Alex Feast presented a poster (see below) on the methodology and preliminary results of our Feasibility study at the Medical care for residents of care homes: What works? meeting at the Royal Society of Medicine in May 2017.
Gerontological Society of America's Annual Scientific Meeting 2016
We attended the Gerontological Society of America's Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans in November 2016, where Professor Murna Downs and Professor Barbara Bowers of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Institute of Aging, and member of the BHiRCH International Advisory Group, co-convened a symposium to discuss the facilitators and barriers to embedding research evidence into everyday practice in care homes. Professor Downs presented a paper on the approach that we are using in BHiRCH.
Nursing Home Research International Working Group meeting 2016
Dr Alan Blighe presented a poster (below) on 'Development and feasibility testing of a complex intervention to reduce hospitalisations in English care homes' at the Nursing Home Research International Working Group Meeting in Barcelona in November 2016.
UK Dementia Care Congress 2016
We attended the UK Dementia Care Congress 2016 in Brighton, where we presented the development of our intervention and implementation support and the objectives of the Feasibility study. Dr Barbara Woodward-Carlton, Chair of the Yorkshire Carer Reference Panel, explained the role of patient and public involvement in the BHiRCH project and the work of the Carer Reference Panels.
PREP: Putting Research and Evidence into Practice Conference
We presented our work on developing the intervention in two posters (below) at the 'Putting Research and Evidence into Practice Conference (PREP)' on 5 May 2016. The conference, hosted by Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, showcased local and national evidence-based research and practice.
Last updated 1 August 2017
'A new approach to reducing hospitalisations', by Dr Alan Blighe. This poster gives an overview of the project. Download Better Health in Residents in Care Homes
'Family members' involvement in health care for their relatives in care homes', by Dr Catherine Powell. This poster presents some of the evidence that has fed into the design of the BHiRCH intervention. Download Family members' involvement in health care
'Development and feasibility testing of a complex intervention to reduce hospitalisations in English care homes', by Dr Alan Blighe. This poster gives an overview of the development of our intervention and feasibility testing. Download Development and feasibility testing
'Feasibility study of an evidence-based intervention to reduce avoidable hospital admissions in residents in care homes' by Dr Alex Feast. This poster presents the methodology and preliminary results of the Feasibility study and plans for the Pilot trial. Download Feasibility study