Community Integrated Care has signed up as a corporate partner to the NHS’s National Institute for Health Research programme, Enabling Research in Care Homes (ENRICH).
Community Integrated Care is one of Britain’s biggest social care charities – supporting over 5000 people with learning disabilities, mental health concerns, autism, and age-related needs. By signing up to the ENRICH programme, its 25 care homes across England and Scotland will participate in research that will enhance both its own provision and the wider care home sector.
The Research Ready Care Home Network brings care home staff, residents and researchers together, to facilitate the delivery of research. It aims to improve the quality of life, treatments and care of people who live with dementia and age-related conditions. It supports the Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia and the vision for Dementia 2020.
Martin McGuigan, Director of Quality and Innovation at Community Integrated Care, says:
“Community Integrated Care has set itself an ambitious strategy, with the vision of becoming the UK’s Leading Health and Social Care. This aims to not only deliver the highest standards of support in our services, but to also help shape a better care sector. By signing up to the ENRICH programme, and partnering with researchers from across the UK, we will be taking a significant step in making our bold ambitions a reality.”
Professor Martin Rossor, NIHR National Director for Dementia Research, says:
“We are delighted to be working with Community Integrated Care. This partnership will provide improve access to research, and help ensure that the government’s recent investment into care home research can the delivered effectively, for the benefit of this charitable organisation and its residents. Around 280,000 people with dementia live in Care Homes, and we want to ensure that all those residents have an equal opportunity to participate, and to ensure that research addresses everyone’s needs.”