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Study will build data set to improve residents’ care

November 14, 2019

The University of Hertfordshire is leading a four-year study to improve how researchers, health and social care services can use existing data to improve the care and quality of life for care home residents, families and staff.

More than £2.2m has been awarded for the study – Developing research resources and minimum data set for care homes’ adoption and use – which will address the need to develop robust systems that support how all the different services and individuals (for example care staff, NHS professionals, family, regulators, social services) work together for residents’ benefit.

The study, funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) will review how current health and social care systems work, what “good” looks like, explore the evidence on how to integrate data and test what a minimum dataset would need to be the key resource for all those working in and for care homes. Claire Goodman, professor of health care research, NIHR senior investigator at the University of Hertfordshire and the lead investigator said the findings could be a resource that supports the provision of high quality care across the country.

“We rely on care homes to provide care and support to some of the most vulnerable members of our society,” said Prof. Goodman.

“Care homes are valued partners to the NHS providing almost all our long-term care for frail older people. A more consistent approach is needed to support integrated working and ensure that planning for future needs of residents is based on the best evidence. By bringing together existing data systems, creating a minimum data set and further researching care home residents’ needs, we can make recommendations likely to improve residents’ quality of life.”

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