What is the Care Home Research Network?
The Care Home Research Network (CHRN) is part of the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience at King’s College London and the NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre (BRC).
The CHRN consists of over 200 care homes throughout London and Essex, providing 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?
There are currently over 200 members of the Network, and we are expanding all of the time. 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. Important research studies within the Care Home Research Network have been taking place since 2013. If you’re interested in finding out more about being involved, please contact us.