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A growing number of nurses work in older care, often in isolated situations with little access to learning and career development.

Despite these challenges, care home nurses are responding to their experiences with dedication and creativity, setting new standards of best practice patient care.

The care home sector has been a priority for the RCN Foundation since 2013. To support care home nurses in their work and to enhance patient care, the RCN Foundation has funded a range of profile-raising activities that contribute to understanding of this key sector.

Here are some of the care home nursing projects that the RCN Foundation supports:

PEACH project

The PEACH Project – career development for care home nurses

The RCN Foundation fund King's College London to explore ways to increase care home staff retention through a programme of specialist career support.

Nurse comforting elderly patient

Psychological first aid for care home nurses

Helping care home nurses cope with the trauma of COVID-19.

Queens nurse with patient

Care home nurses network

The RCN Foundation awards a grant to QNI for a three-year project to support the National Care Home Nurses’ Network (NCHNN)


Quality clinical care planning in care homes

UCLPartners received an RCN Foundation grant to test the ReSPECT process in three London care homes.

elderly patient walking with male nurse after recovery

Reshaping Care Home Care project

A Queen Margaret University practice development initiative.

nurse holding hand of elderly man

Supporting nursing in care homes

A research and consultation project focusing on patient care and professional development for care home nursing staff.


Tackling loneliness and isolation

Intergenerational befriending can combat social isolation and loneliness. 


Celebrating Nursing Practice

The Foundation awarded the RCN £130,000 to fund the Celebrating Nursing Practice project.