Evolution and effects of COVID-19 outbreaks in care homes

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SCMH Clinical Lecturer in Geriatric Medicine, Dr Jenni Burton, has been seconded to work with Public Health Scotland on ‘Discharges from NHS Scotland Hospitals to Care Homes 1st March to 31st May 2020’. This work was commissioned by the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport to better understand hospital discharges to care homes during this period, testing and COVID-19.

During the pandemic, Jenni has been an active member of the Scottish Government Clinical and Professional Advisory Group for Care Homes and is a founding member of the Chief Medical Officer/Chief Nursing Officer Data, Analytics & Research Group for Care Homes. In addition, she contributed to analysis of data from NHS Lothian Care Homes, led by Professor Bruce Guthrie, published in the inaugural edition of  Lancet Healthy Longevity. She and Professor Guthrie are collaborating with the team at Public Health Scotland to support the delivery of this national work.

Jenni’s involvement in this work reflects the experience gained during her PhD, where she identified the challenges in using routinely-collected data sources to understand the care home population and her ongoing post-doctoral work focusing on Scotland’s national care home data sources as a tool for exploring pathways into care. Using her data skills, clinical knowledge and commitment to improving understanding of the needs of those living in care homes, this secondment provides a unique opportunity to support applied research to inform policy and practice moving forwards.

First published: 1 December 2020