The Enhanced Health in Care Homes (EHCH) framework study aims to deliver high-quality personalised care in care homes, support care home residents to access the right care and health services in the place of their choosing, and make effective use of resources to prevent unnecessary hospital stays.
People living in care homes should expect the same level of support as if they were living in their own home. This can only be achieved through collaborative working between health, social care, Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector and care home partners. The EHCH model moves away from traditional reactive models of care delivery towards proactive care that is centred on the needs of individual residents, their families and care home staff. Such care can only be achieved through a whole-system, collaborative approach.
The primary aim of the study is to explore what works, what does not work, and what would support care homes to engage in the EHCH framework in a collaborative and sustainable way.
The qualitative study will explore the implementation of the EHCH framework across eight care homes across the Torbay and South Devon region by capturing the experiences and voices of residents, family members and care staff.
Alongside resident, carer and family involvement the study includes a wide range of stakeholder representation from Healthwatch Torbay, Devon Care Homes Collaborative and Torbay and South Devon Foundation NHS Trust and the wider health and social care sector.
The Enhanced Health in Care Homes (EHCH) framework study is funded by the Torbay Medical Research Fund and supported by PenARC and the Peninsula Clinical Trials Unit (PenCTU)
- Dr Gary Hodge, Research Fellow, University of Plymouth
- Healthwatch Torbay
- Devon Care Homes Collaborative