News & Latest 08.07.2020

Covid-19 and lack of linked datasets for care homes

The pandemic has shed harsh light on the need for a live minimum dataset

Almost half of newly admitted care home residents in the UK are transferred from hospitals, creating a resident population with wide ranging needs spread across 450,000 beds in almost 11 000 homes. This is more than double the number of beds in NHS hospitals, but unlike NHS facilities most homes are privately owned, with residents responsible for some or all of the costs of their care.

The covid-19 pandemic has placed a spotlight on how little is known about the care home sector, and the lack of easily accessible, aggregated data on the UK care home population. Read the full editorial at the BMJ online.

The DACHA Study aims to establish what data need to be in place to support research, service development and uptake of innovation in care homes and deliver an agreed minimum data set. ​ Find out more about the study below: