CONTACT Trial: Seacroft Green contribute to important Project

Springfield Healthcare’s Seacroft Green Care Centre is pleased to announce that we are one of 2 care homes selected to pilot the £1.6M CONTACT trial, funded by the National Institute of Health Research.  Digital devices will be worn by staff, residents and any visitors with the number of contacts and length of contact time subsequently studied “to improve contact tracing in care homes, reduce COVID-19 infections and to provide the possibility of homes opening up to family visitors”.

Springfield Healthcares Chief Nursing Officer, Cyd Akrill said “with up to 30,000 deaths, homes around the country locking down, and 80% infection rates in some homes in the first wave of the pandemic, the CONTACT trial will provide a means for care homes to rethink managing infection risk and control and consider opening up once more to communities, families and healthcare professionals. We are very proud to participate in this ground-breaking research and feasibility trial.  Families being with loved ones is just human nature and while the sector has been working hard to facilitate contact and provide activities for care home residents there’s no substitute for real contact with families.  Hopefully this research will help clear the way for more of this in the near future”

 

A care home resident wearing the device on her wrist. Picture: Carl Thompson

 

Professor Carl Thompson, lead on the CONTACT trial said “Contact tracing in care homes often starts and finishes at the front door. NHS Test and Trace or local public health team contact tracing can be difficult, expensive, and often results in homes simply being closed to visitors, and residents’ freedoms restricted. The CONTACT trial will test whether wearable digital devices improve contact tracing in care homes, reduces COVID-19 infections and untimely deaths, and provides the possibility of homes opening up to family, community and healthcare professionals. I would like to thank Springfield Healthcare for their ongoing contributions to this project.”