Project Details


Aim: To develop a vision for primary care which enables consistent access to healthcare that reflects care home residents’ needs and priorities and how that can be achieved within current structures and resources.

Background: The COVID-19 crisis highlighted the complex relationship between care homes and primary care and inequalities in service access and quality of care. Studies and national guidance have identified new ways of working to enable GPs and others to work well with care homes. Care home staff and residents’ priorities, however, are not the basis for these recommendations. COVID-19 demonstrated the essential work of care homes but the minimal opportunities to influence and access support. There is a need to co-create ways of working with GP-led services that ensure people working and living in care homes are equal and valued partners.

Design: This fellowship will use a co-design approach (Appreciative Inquiry) working with care home staff, residents and their families, GPs, and community specialists to develop and improve services provided to care homes. Drawing on recent experiences from the pandemic it will involve group discussions and interviews to take learning from what works well to identify key principles of working together and what needs to be in place to achieve and sustain change to improve care home residents and staff access to healthcare.

Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement (PPIE): Resident advisory groups based in two care homes and three PPIE representatives will help with study materials, discussing results, interpreting findings, and publicising findings.

Dissemination: The findings will be shared widely to reach different audiences and raise awareness about what needs to be in place to improve care. Plain language summaries will be created with the help of care home residents and staff. Findings will also be published in academic journals and presented at scientific conferences.
Short titleCare Homes & Primary Care
Effective start/end date1/06/2128/02/24


  • Health & Wellbeing


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