UndersTanding the distinct challenges for Nurses in Care Homes: LeaRnIng from CoVid-19 to support resiliencE and mental wellbeing


THRIVE aims to understand Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)-registered nurses’ experiences of working in care homes for older people during the COVID-19 pandemic, how this impacted on resilience, mental health and wellbeing, and to collaboratively develop theory-informed approaches for ongoing and future support in this professional group.

The lead for this study is Dr Diane Bunn, Lecturer in Health Sciences at UEA.

The study will be undertaken in two phases:

Phase 1: Key-informant interviews with NMC-registered nurses practising in care homes to describe and understand their distinct experiences of working during COVID-19 and its impact on their resilience, mental health and wellbeing, including the availability and appropriateness of support. For detailed information about the study, please read our Information Sheet. Recruitment for Phase 1 was completed July 2021, and we are currently analysing the interviews. When the findings are available, we will post them on this page.

Phase 2: During the Autumn of 2021 we are asking NMC-registered nurses who work in care homes to take part in on-line workshops to talk about, and plan, strategies and interventions that support care-home nurses’ resilience, mental health and wellbeing. The short video below provides more information about this phase of the study. More detailed information, including how to take part, can be found on our information sheet.


Key Research Questions

1. For NMC-registered nurses working in care homes for older people during the COVID-19 pandemic, how has this experience impacted positively or negatively on resilience, mental health and wellbeing, what kinds of support were available, and did this change over time?

2. Does collaborative working facilitate the development of targeted strategies to support long-term resilience and wellbeing in NMC-registered care home nurses?

Research Design and Outputs

We interviewed NMC-registered nurses who work in care homes (Phase 1) about their experiences of working during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how they have coped with this. We were keen to learn about how working during this time has affected mental health, resilience and wellbeing, and what kinds of support and actions helped.

Following the interviews we are planning Interviews two discursive workshops with care home nurses to work collaboratively and inclusively to develop research and practice-based approaches to identify and develop relevant and feasible support in supporting care home nurses’ wellbeing and resilience for nurses across the care home sector (Phase 2).

The study is funded by the Burdett Trust for nursing and concludes early 2022. We will publish our findings and provide details on the webpage below when they are available.