ENRICH for Researchers

This section of the toolkit has been developed to provide researchers with information that will allow them to undertake high quality studies in Care Homes.

It combines the main themes from NIHR School of Social Care Research (SSCR) Methods Reviews, advice from those undertaking research in Care Homes and people who work and live in them. 

The toolkit identifies the over-arching principles that should guide research in Care Homes and signposts researchers to other, more detailed sources of information. It does not describe the details of the Adult with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000, however it highlights its importance and sign-posts you to more information.

We suggest that there are five fundamental issues for those wanting to carry out research in Care Homes:

  1. Understanding the benefits of research to Care Home residents, staff, and families;
  2. Knowing what is different about doing research in Care Homes;
  3. Planning research in Care Homes;
  4. Carrying out research in Care Homes;
  5. Feeding back the results of your research to Care Homes.

Details of individual care homes, their grades and recent inspection reports can be located online at www.careinspectorate.com.  Care homes with grades of 3 (adequate) or lower may not be suitable for recruitment, particularly if participating in research is likely to distract from other areas of care. 

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For a researcher’s testimonial click here. 

Go to the Resources page for more helpful links.