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Health Data Research UK North (HDR UK) and NIHR Yorkshire and Humber invite you to register for our Care Homes Research Workshop.

This event will provide a platform for researchers, stakeholders and public and patient representatives from across the Care Home sector to come together and discuss the latest research within the field. The workshop will be split into two sessions; the first will include a panel discussing how to make research findings useable in care homes and a second session will discuss future research priorities in the sector.

Venue: INOX The University of Sheffield

Date: 20th October 2022

Time: 12:00 – 16:00

The order of the day is as follows:

12:00 – 12:45   Welcome Buffet Lunch

12:45 – 13:00   Introductions and Welcome by Professor Peter Bath and Carl Marincowitz

13:00 – 13:15    Liz Jones, Policy Director & Professor Julienne Meyer National Care Forum –  The view from the care home: benefits and challenges of research

13:40 – 13:55    Duncan Chambers University of Sheffield – Reducing unplanned hospital admissions from care homes: an updated and extended systematic review

13:55 – 14:25    Panel discussion and questions: Making research findings useable in care homes

14:25 – 14:45    Refreshments

14:45 – 15:00    Academic Health Science Network (Speaker TBC) – National work stream managing deterioration in care homes

15:00 – 15:15     Professor Suzanne Mason University of Sheffield – Evaluation of use Health Call app in care homes

15:15 – 15:30     Professor Karen Spilsbury & Peter Hodkinson (Chair of Leeds Care Association and Managing Director of Westward Care) – NICHE Leeds: A care and science partnership enhancing the quality in care homes

15:30 – 16:00    Panel discussion and questions: Future research priorities

16:00 – onwards  Refreshments and networking


Please register to join us by clicking here

“ASCOT 10th Anniversary Webinar Series

The Adult Social Care Outcomes Toolkit (ASCOT) measures the impact of social care (long-term care) on the quality of life of people using services and their informal carers. Although in development for much longer, it is now a decade since the launch of the preference-weighted measure in 2012. Since then, ASCOT has been used around the world in research, evaluation, policy and practice. It has been translated into Danish, Finnish, German, Dutch, Japanese and most recently, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian and Chinese. It continues to develop, informed by international learning and use in policy and practice. ASCOT now includes tools for measuring the impact of services on informal carers and its suite of tools include Easy Read questionnaires for people with intellectual disabilities and autism and a mixed-methods approach for use in care homes.

This webinar series celebrates a decade of outcome measurement in adult social care, bringing together an international network of researchers and experts in long-term care to present their findings and consider future research priorities.

Who should attend?

  • Researchers
  • Policy makers
  • Practitioners and clinicians working in long-term care
  • Care providers and commissioners
  • Care regulators
  • Sector and provider representatives


Webinar One: Evaluating Social Care Interventions

Date: 12 October 2022   12:30 -13:30

Focuses on the application of ASCOT in evaluating social care interventions/services in England.

Chair: TBC


Dr Phillip Whitehead, Newcastle University and Dr Katharine Orellana, HSCRU, Kings College London.

  • The use of ASCOT in the Bathing Adaptations in the Homes of Older Adults study (BATH-OUT-1 & 2) – Dr Phillip Whitehead, Newcastle University.
  • Using ASCOT-INT4 to investigate the impact of day centres for older peopleDr Katharine Orellana, HSCRU, Kings College London.

If you would like to find out more about ASCOT please visit our ASCOT website.”

To register click here


Much care homes research has clear implications for care homes policy and practice.  However, many researchers struggle to disseminate their findings in ways that allow effective translation into real-world impact, whilst care providers struggle to find the evidence they need to inform their practice.  The aims of this event are to identify key barriers and facilitators to translating care homes research into practice, and consider what actions we can take to maximise the positive impact of care homes research on everyday care home practice.

Guest speakers

This event will feature presentations from our expert panellists, who will each share their insights into how we could more effectively translate care homes research into policy and practice.

o   Professor Adam Gordon: Professor of the Care of Older People, University of Nottingham

o   Nuno Lopes (Director of Care) and Rosalind Gray (Head of Therapies), Nightingale Hammerson, care providers

o   Dr Kellyn Lee: Project Officer for ENRICH and Research Fellow at the University of Southampton

o   Glen Garrod: Executive Director of Adult Care and Community Wellbeing for Lincolnshire County Council

The event will also include opportunities for attendees to discuss and share their views on what could be done to maximise the impact of research on care homes practice and policy.

This free event is open to anyone with an interest in care homes research. It will be of particular interest to those who:

  • Conduct care homes research
  • Work or volunteer in the care homes sector
  • Support others to plan and conduct care homes research
  • Commission, fund, or evaluate care homes research
  • Develop or regulate care homes policy

This event has been approved, in principle, for certification by the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certification Service. If you would like to receive a CPD certificate confirming your attendance at the event, then please complete this form after you have registered

This free event is hosted by the British Society of Gerontology’s Care Homes Research Special Interest Group

This event will run from 2-4pm (UK time) on Friday 25th November, on Zoom.

You can register for the event here

“The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity.

The programme aims to commission high quality, well designed research which will be carried out by effective and efficient research teams, providing findings which meet the needs of NHS and Social Care managers and leaders.

In order to apply for this call you will need to carefully review the following documents:

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study Steering Committee and it is important that you read the TSC/SSC Guidance before completing your application. Costs incurred by this committee should be included in the budget as appropriate.


Any changes to these dates will be emailed to all Lead Applicants with an application in progress.

  • Stage one deadline: 1pm on 16 November 2022
  • Notification of out of remit/non-competitive decision if unsuccessful: Early December 2022
  • Notification of stage one shortlisting decision: Early February 2023
  • Stage two writing window: early February to late March 2023
  • Notification of stage two funding decision: early June 2023
  • Start date for funded studies: 1 October 2023″

For more information click here

What is the Starting Research Workshop?

A free to attend, half-day session, on how to move from thinking about doing research to taking your first steps in getting support, dedicated time and funding to actually do it.

The workshop will cover:

  • Routes into research
  • What makes a good research question
  • Establishing the evidence-gap: libraries, literature searches & reviews
  • Finding a good supervisor
  • An introduction to patient & public involvement
  • Finding training and funding to develop research ideas
  • Sources of other support for undertaking research
  • Taking first steps in research

Who should attend?

This event is relevant to health care professionals, social care and public health practitioners who are thinking about research.

Whilst much of what will be presented and discussed will be of general use, the Q&A panels will be regionally based, and will consist of people with specific knowledge concerning training, funding and other support available in South Central (including Wessex), East Midlands and East of England. If you are unsure of where you are, see below:

  • South Central: Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight
  • East Midlands: Derbyshire. Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland
  • East of England: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk

What to expect on the course

  • Time and Date: 09:00–14:00 on Thursday, 22nd September, 2022. There will be optional one-to-one sessions with RDS advisers from 14:30 in the afternoon.
  • Venue: Online
  • Content: Presentations and Q&A panels

Enquiries to:

  • Please note that places at this event are limited, and will be allocated on a ‘first-come – first-served’ basis.
  • If you are booking a one-to-one session, following confirmation of your place, you will be asked to complete a very brief summary about your research idea prior to the event.


The NIHR Research Design Service can offer expert advice and support on all aspects of designing and developing applications for NIHR and other funding bodies. To find out about your local RDS, go to

This event is being run by RDS South Central. If you are based in the South Central region of England (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire) and would like to request free advice and support directly from RDS South Central, please complete our online ‘Request for Support’ form.


Care home staff play a crucial role in managing residents’ health and responding to deteriorations. When deciding whether to transfer a resident to hospital, a careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks is required. Previous studies have identified factors that influence staff decision-making, yet few have moved beyond description to produce a conceptual model of the decision-making process.


To develop a conceptual model to describe care home staff’s decision-making when faced with a resident who potentially requires a transfer to the hospital.


Data collection occurred in England between May 2018 and November 2019, consisting of 28 semi-structured interviews with 30 members of care home staff across six care home sites and 113 hours of ethnographic observations, documentary analysis and informal conversations (with staff, residents, visiting families, friends and healthcare professionals) at three of these sites.


A conceptual model of care home staff’s decision-making is presented. Except in situations that staff perceived to be urgent enough to require an immediate transfer, resident transfers tended to occur following a series of escalations. Care home staff made complex decisions in which they sought to balance a number of potential benefits and risks to: residents; staff (as decision-makers); social relationships; care home organisations and wider health and social care services.


During transfer decisions, care home staff make complex decisions in which they weigh up several forms of risk. The model presented offers a theoretical basis for interventions to support deteriorating care home residents and the staff responsible for their care.

If you would like to read this paper in its entirety please click here for free access 

‘Call for Research Proposals – Dementia

As part of the NIHR Three Schools’ Dementia Research Programme, we are inviting proposals for research projects to address priorities for improving the lives of people living with or at risk of dementia, family and other carers.

We are seeking innovative, original, high-quality proposals which represent good value for money. Although this is an open call, we would particularly welcome proposals:

  • focusing on post-diagnostic support and/or end-of-life care
  • that explore equality, diversity and inclusion issues in dementia prevention, care and support, including in relation to the ‘oldest old’ and people with multiple long-term conditions
  • where research will be carried out in localities that are not so well engaged in dementia studies.

Through this call, we are also seeking to encourage new and developing dementia researchers to lead studies, as well as proposals led by practice researchers, professionals (including managers and commissioners), and people living with dementia and/or carers.

Funding of up to £200,000 is available for projects between January 2023 and March 2024.

This is a one-stage call for proposals. Proposals must be submitted by 16.30 on Wednesday 7 September 2022.’

For more information click on this website: 

How will dementia care develop and transform in the future? – be part of the conversation at Care Roadshows London as our brilliant panellists dive deep into the crucial challenges of dementia care 💚

Join the discussion with:

Jackie Pool, Dementia Care Champion at Quality Compliance Systems

Dr Kellyn Lee 💚, CEO and Founder of WISER Health and Social Care and Visiting Researcher at the University of Southampton

Dr Rosie Mead, CEO of Musica Music and Wellbeing CIC

Nula Suchet, Author of – The Longest Farewell: James, Dementia and Me

Rishi Jawaheer, Director of The Jawa Group, Namaste Care International & CareVision CMS.


Date: Tuesday 18th October 2022

Venue: Epsom Downs Racecourse

To register for your free ticket click here

“The Commonwealth Fund’s Harkness Fellowships for 2023-24 provide a unique leadership development opportunity for mid-career research professionals who are committed to advancing health care policy and practice.

Co-funded in the UK by the NIHR, and Health Foundation, the Harkness Fellowships in Health Care Policy and Practice fund successful applicants to spend a year in the United States (US) conducting internationally comparative research with mentorship from leading US experts.

The Harkness Fellowship provides dedicated research funding to allow Fellows to:

  • gain an in-depth understanding of the US healthcare system and policy landscape
  • engage in a series of leadership development activities
  • build a robust network for cross-national exchange and collaboration

Successful applicants will also become a member of the NIHR Academy – a community that provides access to events, networking, leadership development and online training.


The fellowship provides dedicated research funding and a monthly living stipend (approximately 6,700USD), plus round-trip airfare, support for relocation, health insurance coverage, and payment of U.S. federal and state withholding taxes. An additional family supplement is provided to Fellows accompanied by a partner and/or children under age 18.

Fellows are encouraged to seek salary support from their home-country employer, particularly if coming from a for-profit organisation. In some cases, Fellows may opt to arrange paid leave from their home institution (in lieu of receiving the monthly living stipend) to maintain their current income. If partial salary support is provided by a Fellow’s home institution, it will be supplemented by the Commonwealth Fund to meet the amount of the monthly living stipend.”

The call for applications closes on 01 November 2022.

Fore more information on eligibility and more click here 

“NIHR, working in collaboration with Alzheimer’s Society, has announced new funding to strengthen capacity and capability in dementia health and care research across the NIHR Applied Research Collaborations (ARCs).

In addition, the three NIHR research schools – in primary care, public health and social care – have also funded a number of dementia career development awards and projects to encourage new and developing dementia researchers to lead studies.

NIHR is committed to building capacity and capability in preventative, public health and social care research, with increasing funding for dementia research a key plank of this ambition.

Professor Lucy Chappell, Chief Executive of the NIHR, said: “We want to improve the lives of people with dementia, and those caring for them, through innovative research that tackles a range of challenges around this disease.

“This new funding taps into the up-and-coming talent in the NIHR ecosystem, supporting fledgling dementia researchers from a range of disciplines to become the chief investigators of the future and building a solid foundation for the next decades of dementia research.”

Developing post-doctoral dementia researchers

All 15 NIHR ARCs have received £7.5 million of funding to support up to three career development awards for early career researchers in dementia, to build strength in dementia-related applied health and care research.

The funding, provided in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Society, will support a cohort of post-doctoral health and care researchers toward independence, developing their skills to establish their own research projects, programmes and ultimately groups.

Dr Richard Oakley, Associate Director of Research at Alzheimer’s Society, said: “Dementia can be devastating for many, and we estimate that 1 million people in the UK will have the condition by 2025. Research provides hope by helping us better understand the causes of dementia as well as developing effective treatments and improved diagnostic techniques, so people with the condition can access the support they need to live well.

“Early career researchers represent the lifeblood of dementia research, bringing fresh ideas and perspectives. We’re investing in the careers of the future leaders in dementia research in partnership with the NIHR on this training programme so we can unlock the dementia breakthroughs of the future.”

The funding will support researchers from a wide range of disciplines, such as healthcare, primary care, public health, social care, neuroscience, social sciences, methodology and the creative arts.

For example, NIHR ARC Kent, Surrey and Sussex will be offering post-doctoral research posts to investigate how to support wellbeing for people with dementia living alone or in hard-to-reach areas and to integrate healthcare, social care and voluntary sector services, to provide a seamless ‘patient journey’ for dementia patients.

The posts NIHR ARC South London will focus on telehealth for family carers of people with dementia and on supporting care homes to better meet the spiritual needs of residents.

More information about the posts will be available in the coming weeks on the website of NIHR ARC Wessex.

Building multidisciplinary dementia researchers

A total of £4.3 million of funding is being injected into supporting researchers in dementia via the NIHR Schools for Primary Care Research (SPCR), Public Health Research (SPHR) and Social Care Research (SSCR). The three schools have joined forces to collaboratively commission and conduct high quality cross-cutting and community-orientated dementia research to address key gaps in the evidence base.

The NIHR Three Schools’ Dementia Research Programme, led by SSCR, has announced £2.8 million of funding for 16 career development awards and nine research projects through its first two funding calls.

One project is developing a sustainable platform to understand the primary care, public health and social care needs for dementia, with a focus on underserved populations. Another is tailoring carers assessments to the needs of carers of those with dementia.

The career development awards are likewise supporting research on a range of topics in dementia, such as an initiative co-producing self-management resources with people with dementia.

The research projects and career development awards are supporting a range of early career researchers, to build capacity in dementia research.

The schools have now launched a third £1.5 million call for research projects to improve the lives of people living with or at risk of dementia, and their family and other carers.

Professor Martin Knapp, Director of NIHR SSCR, said: “Every one of these research projects and career development awards spans at least two of the NIHR research school ‘territories’ – social care, primary care and public health – and address NIHR priorities in the dementia area. These are areas where research could have real impact on the health and wellbeing of people living with, or at risk of dementia and of carers.”