Bothwell Castle Care Home is actively involved in working with ENRICH Scotland.
Our home manager Liz Brown recently met with Maureen Brown the Clinical Studies Officer for ENRICH Scotland at Bothwell Castle where discussions were held on how ENRICH will help care home staff, residents and their relatives be involved in and keep up to date with all aspects of care home research in Scotland.
ENRICH Scotland, also known as the Enabling Research in Care Homes (ENRICH) programme Scotland, is an initiative that aims to promote and facilitate research within care home settings in Scotland. It is part of a larger UK-wide ENRICH network, which seeks to encourage and support research in care homes across the country.
The ENRICH Scotland program recognises the importance of research in improving the quality of care provided to residents in care homes. By facilitating research collaborations and partnerships between care homes, researchers, and academic institutions, ENRICH Scotland aims to generate evidence-based knowledge, inform policy and practice, and ultimately enhance the lives of individuals living in care home environments.
The key objectives of ENRICH Scotland include:
Promoting research awareness and engagement: ENRICH Scotland raises awareness among care home staff, residents, and their families about the value and benefits of research in care home settings. The program encourages active engagement and participation in research activities, fostering a research culture within care homes.
Developing research capacity: ENRICH Scotland supports care home staff in developing their research skills and knowledge. It provides training opportunities, resources, and guidance to enable care home staff to actively participate in research projects. By building research capacity within care homes, ENRICH Scotland aims to facilitate a collaborative approach between researchers and care home staff.
Facilitating research partnerships: ENRICH Scotland serves as a bridge between care homes and researchers, facilitating partnerships and collaborations. It connects care homes with academic institutions, research organizations, and other relevant stakeholders. This collaboration enables the design, implementation, and dissemination of research that addresses the specific needs and challenges faced by care home residents and staff.
Supporting ethical research practices: ENRICH Scotland promotes ethical research practices within care home settings. It provides guidance on ethical considerations, data protection, and informed consent processes. By ensuring that research conducted in care homes adheres to high ethical standards, ENRICH Scotland safeguards the well-being and rights of care home residents.
Knowledge exchange and dissemination: ENRICH Scotland encourages the sharing and dissemination of research findings and best practices. It facilitates knowledge exchange events, conferences, and publications that showcase research outcomes and their implications for care home policy and practice. This knowledge dissemination helps to bridge the gap between research and the practical application of evidence-based care within care homes.
We are so pleased to be working in collaboration with ENRICH Scotland to help better the lives of our residents and look forward to seeing what this partnership brings to Bothwell Castle.
If you have any further questions, or for more information on what we offer at Bothwell Castle, do not hesitate to contact the team who will be thrilled to assist you.