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Developing Evidence Enriched Practice in Health and Social Care with Older People

Andrews, Nick and Gabbay, John and Le May, Andreé and Miller, Emma and O'Neill, Martin and Petch, Alison (2015) Developing Evidence Enriched Practice in Health and Social Care with Older People. [Report]

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This one-year study is part of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) programme called A Better Life. It summarises the lessons learned from an appreciative and collaborative approach to using a range of evidence in service and workforce development to promote a better life for older people, carers and the staff who support them. The report outlines: • key features of a collaborative action-research project involving older people, carers, researchers and staff from social care and health organisations, both statutory and voluntary • how participants at six project sites in Wales and Scotland combined research from A Better Life and local, contextual evidence to make improvements in service and workforce development • the key elements that support and inhibit the use of evidence in service and workforce development • well-being and learning outcomes for project participants • a consideration of the costs associated with the approach taken, and the resources needed to run and sustain similar projects.