About us

What is the Care Home Research Network?

The Care Home Research Network is part of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London and the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre and Dementia Research Unit (BRC/U).

The Network aims to recruit 100 care homes throughout London and Essex to provide a platform for research into dementia. We provide training, support, free conferences and forums, and the opportunity for care homes and their staff to to take part in high quality research into this important condition. Members of the Network have the opportunity to be an active member of a community of dedicated individuals who are committed to supporting dementia research.

Why is research important?

There are currently 850,000 people with dementia in the UK, of whom at least 280,000 live in care homes. Yet there has been little research conducted to improve the treatment and care they receive. The Care Home Research Network aims to deliver a unique, valuable infrastructure for research in order to improve the lives of people living with dementia.

What is happening now?

So far, there are 52 active members of the Network which is growing and increasing week by week. However, in order for care homes to grow as a community and to provide invaluable research into dementia, we still need to get more homes on board to help improve the lives of those with dementia. If you’re interested in finding out more about being involved, please contact us.

Important research studies within the Care Home Research Network have been commencing since 2013. If you would like to read more about these studies, please visit Our Research page.