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“The THRIVE study aimed to understand nurses’ experiences of working in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic, and how their experience impacted on resilience, mental health and wellbeing.

The study highlighted not only a range of strategies to help nurses accept and recover from their experiences, but also suggestions for better preparation methods for future pandemics.

Findings will be presented at the winter symposium of the British Society of Gerontology’s Care Homes Research Special Interest Group on 22 February 2023, 12pm to 2pm. The symposium is being held online and will focus on wellbeing and resilience among staff working in care homes for older people.

Thank you to the care homes and nurses who took part in this study. The THRIVE Report is available to download from the University of East Anglia’s THRIVE study page.”

Research funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing and supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration East of England.

“The committees play an important role in helping us deliver our mission to improve the health and wealth of the nation through research.  Through funding by the Department of Health and Social Care, the NIHR enables and delivers world-leading health and social care research that improves people’s health and wellbeing, and promotes economic growth.

We are looking for people who have a broad interest in health, social care and actions to improve public health and address health inequalities.

You do not need to have a scientific background to help us shape research!  We are looking for people who are able to use their own experiences to improve the research we wish to fund.

The NIHR is committed to promoting equality, diversity and inclusion in all areas of our work. We recognise public contributors may encounter barriers to involvement. We will take steps to ensure we are as accessible and inclusive as possible. We want to increase the diversity of our public contributors and the voices heard in research, and are trying to take positive steps to improve representation in our committees.

For more information about the role and how to apply, visit the NIHR website: Public Committee Member – NIHR Programmes

We would be happy to answer any questions about these opportunities and provide guidance and support on the application process, please contact us by email: “

The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) are hosting a free NIHR Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Webinar on 6 February 2023 , 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Speakers for the webinar will include:

  • the Director of RDS East of England (RDS EoE) who will talk about the help available for applicants
  • a programme manager from the HSDR team who will give an overview of the HSDR remit
  • a former HSDR panel member who will speak about what the panel are looking for in an application
  • two current HSDR grant holders who will describe their studies

We hope this informative session will provide an insight into the funding stream and support those who are currently preparing bids for submission.

Click here to register


“CRED Talks: Care, Research Education and Debate: A forum to discuss what matters for social care.

Dying well: Social care research for quality in palliative and end of life care

Thursday 23rd March 2023- 15.00-16.00

Greater attention is rightly being paid to the valuable work that social care staff do to support living and dying well in care home and domiciliary care settings. The evidence base is growing about palliative and end of life care and is a potentially helpful resource for social care staff and managers. This #CRED talk showcases the best of this research in the UK, with a focus on practical take-home messages for people working in social care.

This #CRED talk will bring you up to date with the latest evidence and associated learning resources on palliative and end of life care in care home and domiciliary settings, with the aim of supporting you in the work that you do, presented by the following leading researchers:

Chaired by Professor Deborah Sturdy, England’s Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care

Professor Catherine Evans, King’s College London/ Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust: Processes underpinning care homes’ ability to meet the rapid rise in need for palliative and end of life care during the Covid-19 pandemic: priorities for policy

Dr Richard Green, University of Surrey: Enhancing the quality of living and dying with advancing frailty: The PALLUP and ALLIANCE studies

Professor Nancy Preston, Lancaster University: Namaste: an intervention for residents with advanced dementia

Professor Kevin Brazil, Queen’s University Belfast: Building capacity in health and social care to support communication and decision-making on goals of care at the end of life

Please click here to register for the event. Once you have registered you will be invited to the webinar, which will take place via Microsoft Teams. Please see the attached flyer for more details.”

“We are excited to announce the Applied Research Collaboration Care Home Network Event, taking place on Friday 10th March 2023, 10:00 – 16:00 at Friends House, London, NW1 2BJ.

Please see the attached programme for further details, and please click here to register for the event.

Jointly hosted by NIHR ARC Wessex and NIHR ARC East of England, the event aims:

• To maximise cross ARC knowledge exchange

• To share expertise and learning from working in and with care homes

• To identify priorities for future research, capacity building initiatives and implementation studies

• To review the growth of care home research and learning from participatory methods to reflect the needs of older people and priorities of social care

The day is organised in two parts to maximise attendance and promote care home research and partnerships with social care. You can choose to attend the morning session, afternoon session or both.

The morning focuses on building capacity in care home research, with plenary presentations and topic based discussion groups. Topics will be determined by attendees’ interests.

Lunch will be provided.

The afternoon focuses on Fifteen Years of Care Home Research; Achievements and Future Challenges and will be chaired by Julienne Meyer. It will involve a series of short presentations that reflect on how care home research and understanding have grown over the last 15 years, since the 2008 publication of Care Home Research and Development. The presentations will cross reference what has supported co-design and participatory approaches.”

Register here

“This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a keen interest in applied dementia care research to join the world leading Centre for Applied Dementia Studies  as the research assistant in the DYNAMIC project.

The position will be fixed-term, four days week, from 1/4/2023 – 30/09/2025.

The Centre, within the University of Bradford, is also a partner in the prestigious Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research

Full details are available here

Closing date is 27/1/2023.”


Policy experts from The King’s Fund will help you gain a greater understanding of how the health and care system in England currently works and how it is changing. They will put this in the context of the current external environment by exploring the key issues in health and care, and will provide balanced and honest views about the pressures and opportunities the system faces in 2023. Taking place virtually over two days, this conference will provide you with the opportunity to interact with our experts and gain confidence working with colleagues throughout the system.

When: 21-22 February 2023

Where: Online


  • Early bird – Public sector, Charity or University: £85.00 +VAT
  • Early bird – Small-medium sized enterprise (SME): £120.00 +VAT
  • Early bird – Commercial/Profit-making organisation: £190.00 +VAT

Find out more here.

Key Points

  • Pathways into care home are a topic of public, professional and policy interest.

  • Individuals moving-in to care homes from hospital are clinically distinct from those moving-in from the community.

  • Differences include greater dependency, frailty and recent health events including fracture, stroke, and significant mental illness.

  • National cross-sectoral data linkage between social care and health data is feasible as a research methodology.

  • However, linked data are biased towards health measures with limited information on care needs, complexity and social networks.



Pathways into care are poorly understood but important life events for individuals and their families. UK policy is to avoid moving-in to care homes from acute hospital settings. This assumes that moves from secondary care represent a system failure. However, those moving to care homes from community and hospital settings may be fundamentally different groups, each requiring differing care approaches.


To characterise individuals who move-in to a care home from hospital and compare with those moving-in from the community.

Design and setting

A retrospective cohort study using cross-sectoral data linkage of care home data.


We included adults moving-in to care homes between 1/4/13 and 31/3/16, recorded in the Scottish Care Home Census. Care home data were linked to general and psychiatric hospital admissions, community prescribing and mortality records to ascertain comorbidities, significant diagnoses, hospital resource use, polypharmacy and frailty. Multivariate logistic regression identified predictors of moving-in from hospital compared to from community.


We included 23,892 individuals moving-in to a care home, 13,564 (56.8%) from hospital and 10,328 (43.2%) from the community. High frailty risk adjusted Odds Ratio (aOR) 5.11 (95% Confidence Interval (CI): 4.60–5.68), hospital discharge with diagnosis of fracture aOR 3.91 (95%CI: 3.41–4.47) or stroke aOR 8.42 (95%CI: 6.90–10.29) were associated with moving-in from hospital. Discharge from in-patient psychiatry was also a highly significant predictor aOR 19.12 (95%CI: 16.26–22.48).


Individuals moving-in to care homes directly from hospital are clinically distinct from those from the community. Linkage of cross-sectoral data can allow exploration of pathways into care at scale.

Authors: Jennifer Kirsty Burton, Giorgio Ciminata, Ellen Lynch, Susan D Shenkin, Claudia Geue, Terence J Quinn

For access to the full paper click here

The British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference is being hosted by the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK on 5-7th July 2023.

Abstract submission closes soon (27th January).

Plenary Speakers: Adelina Comas-Herrera, Aravinda Meera Guntupalli, Karl Pillemer  Find out more here

Streams include:

  • Hearing older people’s voices
  • Cultural ageing; Ageing in the community
  • Ageing at a time of global crisis
  • Technology and social interventions for independence, support and care
  • Ageing in urban and rural spaces
  • Empowering and supporting people moving to end-of-life

Please do consider submitting your research abstract to this vibrant and friendly conference.  Submit your abstract here

Find us on Twitter: @bsg2023

Are you a member of care home staff or a person living in a care home?

Are you interested in taking part in research to continue to develop and improve care home practices, or show off the fantastic work you are already doing?

Then why not get in touch with ENRICH and get involved.  Ben – deputy manager at The White House Stockton on Tees did and he shares with us his experience in this short video. Click here to access video