The Bolton Clarke Research Institute is our own research and innovation hub.
It has forged a national and international reputation for high impact community health and aged care research.
Our Research Institute identifies practical solutions to enable greater independence, quality of life and choice about healthcare options for our customers and the wider community.
Our four key principles place people at the centre of our approach:
Ultimately, our research aims to support our clients' ability to lead fuller and more satisfying lives with support from Bolton Clarke at home support, residential aged care and retirement living services.
Our research projects concentrate on four key areas that underpin healthy ageing.
Optimising health and wellbeing
Combatting loneliness and isolation
Addressing mental health
Evaluating the implementation of assistive technology
The Bolton Clarke Research Institute comprises a multi-disciplinary team of research fellows and officers, and is underpinned by a strong governance framework including an ethics committee.
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The BCRI is currnetly conducting a range of research projects and initiatives:
Research projects recently completed by the Institute include:
The BCRI welcomes collaboration with external researchers to undertake research at Bolton Clarke.
All research undertaken at Bolton Clarke must include involvement and collaboration with the BCRI from the early stages of project development, and:
All research project applications must undergo a 3 step review process, where appropriate, before commencement. The Research Review and Governance Committee (RRGC) Co-ordinator will facilitate this process and field any enquiries about Research Governance at BC, contact the RRGC Co-ordinator.
For information about whether the project is a Quality Improvement or a research project, please review the following document:
For comprehensive detail about this process and the RRGC please see:
To learn more about the RRGC Process, hear from Dr Rajna Ogrin
Please submit research proposals approximately 4 weeks prior to HREC meeting dates, preferably earlier to engage in a process of codesign with BCRI.
An initial review of your proposal will be conducted by the RRGC, the relevant Business Stream lead and Head of Research, to assess the proposal for relevance and capacity within the business. Allow 2 weeks to complete this step.
To facilitate this step please send the follow documents to the RRGC Co-ordinator:
After RRGC, Business Stream and Head of Research approvals have been obtained at Step 1, your research proposal will undergo peer review by members of the BCRI and relevant experts within the organization. The peer review will be facilitated by the RRGC Co-ordinator and requires 2 weeks.
The following documents will be required for the peer review:
The review process will identify whether the project is suitable to progress to:
The RRGC Co-ordinator will facilitate your submission to the HREC and ensure all the required documentation is provided. All documents listed in the HREC Checklist will need to be completed.
Find out more information about the Bolton Clarke HREC
Bolton Clarke wants to work with the people we support to make sure that we keep improving the care and services we provide for you and others in the community. Research is an essential part of making these improvements.
For more information about how research at Bolton Clarke works see: