Our work

TCH’s central priorities are to help care home professionals learn and improve, provide support for both staff and residents, and positively develop the relationship between care homes and the wider world.

Our work - Teaching Care HomesWe’ve therefore devised a set of workstreams to focus our efforts:

  • Workforce
  • Digital transformation
  • Research evidence and innovation
  • Quality improvement and sustainability

You’ll find more information about some of these workstreams below – and you can also take a look at our case studies, if you’d like to discover more about our work in practice.

This workstream aims to positively transform what it means to work in a care home setting and improve the lives of residents. It includes a leadership programme to drive high-quality care for residents and their surroundings; value-based recruitment to secure a better match between people and the organisations they work for; and student placements to promote career options and strengthen links with the wider care profession. A workforce development pilot is also in progress, to address training needs.

Our work - Teaching Care HomesDIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
This workstream aims to develop online interaction with care homes, as well as in-home digital activity sessions and digital literacy training, in order to reduce social isolation, improve the everyday lives of residents and create a better relationship between care homes and the wider community. Other benefits include creating space for health professionals to give care, by improving care home residents’ engagement with new technologies; and also making it easier and more effective for residents, friends and family to remain in touch. Online connectivity also allows care facilities to support one another and share best practice information, which should improve staff recruitment and retention.

This workstream aims to establish research priorities and create a model to facilitate and enable research within care homes. This process involves residents, families, care staff, managers, commissioners and policy makers, to make sure that engagement with research is effective and sustainable – and also that a culture of research and innovation can flourish. Evaluation will include resident focus groups and staff experiences with mental capacity assessments, among other methods.