Infection control in nursing homes will be investigated as part of a research project by Dr Nicola Carey of the School of Health Sciences at the University of Surrey.
Dr Carey will travel to the US, the Netherlands and Australia and shadow practitioners to learn more about their policies and practices in detecting infections.
She will also meet with staff and teams who are leading innovative approaches in the research and development of new models of care.
Evidence shows that nursing home residents are at increased risk of infection, often resulting in unplanned hospital admissions and clinical complications. Unplanned admissions cost the NHS an estimated £11bn each year.
Dr Nicola Carey said: ‘Improving the early detection of infection in nursing homes in the UK is a major concern as not only does it impact the health of residents, it removes an enormous burden on an already overstretched NHS.
‘To ameliorate the situation in the UK we need to look to other countries and learn from their best practices, and I look forward to doing this.’