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.

Phase 2: Undertake a series of deliberative workshops to discuss findings and issues through constructive, co-produced dialogue to consider ideas (old and new) for developing strategies and interventions that support care-home nurses’ resilience, mental health and wellbeing.

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 would like to interview 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 are keen to learn about how working during this time has effected mental health, resilience and wellbeing, and what kinds of support and actions helped.

Interviews will be followed by 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.