A process evaluation of the NIDUS-Professional dementia training intervention for UK homecare workers

Kelleher, D, Windle, K, Randell, R, Lord, K, Duffy, L, Aktah, A, Budgett, J, Zabihi, S, Banks, S, Rappaport, P, Lee, T, Barber, J, Orgeta, V, Manthorpe, J, Walters, K, Rockwood, K, Dow, B, Hoe, J ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4647-8950, Banerjee, S and Cooper, c (2024) A process evaluation of the NIDUS-Professional dementia training intervention for UK homecare workers. Age & Ageing. ISSN 0002-0729 (In Press)

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This process evaluation was conducted in parallel to the randomised controlled feasibility trial of NIDUS-Professional, a manualised remote dementia training intervention for homecare workers (HCWs), delivered alongside an individualised intervention for clients living with dementia and their family carers (NIDUS-Family). The process evaluation reports on (i) intervention reach, dose, and fidelity, (ii) contexts influencing agency engagement, and (iii) alignment of findings with theoretical assumptions about how the intervention might produce change.


We report proportions of eligible HCWs receiving any intervention (reach), number of sessions attended (dose; attending ≥4/6 main sessions was predefined as adhering), intervention fidelity and adherence of clients and carers to NIDUS-Family (attending all 6-8 planned sessions). We interviewed HCWs, managers, family carers and facilitators. We integrated and thematically analysed, at homecare agency level, qualitative interview and intervention recording data.


32/141 (23%) of eligible HCWs and 7/42 (17%) of family carers received any intervention; most who did adhered to the intervention (89% and 71%). Intervention fidelity was high. We analysed interviews with 20/44 HCWs, 3/4 managers and 3/7 family carers, and intervention recordings involving 32/44 HCWs. All agencies reported structural challenges in supporting intervention delivery. Agencies with greater management buy-in had higher dose and reach. HCWs valued NIDUS-Professional for enabling group reflection and peer support, providing practical, actionable care strategies, and increasing their confidence as practitioners.


NIDUS-Professional was valued by HCWs. Agency management, culture and priorities were key barriers to implementation; we discuss how to address these in a future trial.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: dementia, homecare, training, carers, process evaluation, implementation
Subjects: Medicine and health
Depositing User: Juanita Hoe
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2024 08:48
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2024 09:00
URI: https://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/11939


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