Culture change in care homes: a literature review
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Culture change in care homes: a literature review

Deirdre Wild Senior research fellow (honorary), Centre for Technology Enabled Health Research, Coventry University
Angela Kydd Associate professor, Edinburgh Napier University

This article is the first of a two-part series that explores a programme of culture change in care homes. A UK care home company sought the authors’ expertise to design and facilitate an independent programme of learning to encourage and support staff in two of its homes to become the architects of their own quality improvement.

The article reviews the literature that was an essential information base for the authors in their dual roles as designers of the learning programme and facilitators of its delivery to participant staff. The literature is necessarily broad in reflecting the nature and context of care homes, residents’ needs and wants from care, and the particular challenges that might be faced by care home staff and managers when making quality improvements. In the second article, the reality of running the programme in the two homes is described.

Nursing Older People. 28, 7, 35-39. doi: 10.7748/nop.2016.e789


Peer review

This article has been subject to double-blind review and has been checked using antiplagiarism software

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 06 December 2015

Accepted: 23 February 2016