Care Homes' Adoption and use (the DACHA study)

Image of Care HomeSCMH Clinical Lecturer Dr Jenni Burton is a co-applicant on an exciting new 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.

Over £2.2 million has been awarded for the DACHA Study (Developing research resources and minimum data set for care homes’ adoption and use) from by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). The project is being led by the University of Hertfordshire and the University of Glasgow is the only Scottish university involved alongside eleven other partners: NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England, University of Exeter, University of Leeds, Newcastle University, University of Kent, University of East Anglia, University of Nottingham, University of Cambridge, The Health Foundation, The National Care Forum and Volunteer Network Alzheimer’s Society.

The study 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. The findings have the potential to deliver a step-change in how we understand the needs of the care home population. This could be a resource that supports the provision of high-quality care across the country. The project launched on the 5th of November and involves collaborative working to develop reciprocal systems of working between the NHS and care homes that optimise current provision and research on its effectiveness.

First published: 28 November 2019