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ExCHANGE is a collaboration between organisations in Devon and the South West Peninsula concerned with the care and happiness of care home residents: PenARC; the University of Exeter; the Devon Care Homes Collaborative - a group of over 250 independent care providers committed to improving the lives of those living in their care through a programme of continual review and improvement and the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN).
Ad hoc working between these partners has been taking place for several years, and the current 18-month project has been funded by The Alzheimer’s Society and the Dunhill Medical Trust. The objective of the Collaboration is to catalyse the existing relationships and develop and test a creative model of engaging care home practitioners and other stakeholders in research. Importantly, our project does not centre on a single provider but on many small local providers already connected and committed to improvement.
The ExCHANGE Collaboration has three core aims:
We will deliver the aims of the Collaboration through three complementary components:
The project will be evaluated, based on an underlying theory of how we envisage the collaboration to work, to understand and assess the success of our partners in working together to deliver the three core aims of the project. Qualitative methods will be used to generate insights into the perceived barriers and facilitators to the collaborative model, what worked well and less well, and the outcomes of the collaboration (intended and unintended).
1. We will present relevant findings of what we learn and achieve at relevant national and international conferences, through plain language summaries and offering blogposts to relevant organisations. At the close of the project we will hold a learning event for all stakeholders.
2. Two papers for the research community co-authored by researchers, practitioners, and residents / family members - the pre-publication versions of which will be made freely accessible.
3. Through working with the NIHR Clinical Research Network Ageing Speciality we will seek to help to establish an ENRICH network in the South West.
South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN)
George Coxon and Geoffrey Cox: Care Home Owners and leads for The Devon Care Homes Collaborative