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“Engaging Dementia are excited to announce their 15th International Dementia Conference will take place at the earlier date of 25th and 26th of May this year, and will be held online via Zoom.

It will feature over 20 speakers across two days, with a particular focus on topics of direct interest to those living with dementia.

Day One: Looking at dementia inclusive community services, resources for family carers, and receiving care in your own home.

Day Two: Discussing the services for those in residential care settings, and the latest ideas and innovations to improve long term care services.

General admission and student tickets are available now on their website, starting at just €20.

Additionally, free tickets are available for all persons living with dementia and their family carers with thanks to sponsor Home Instead.

Visit for more information.”



If anyone was unable to attend the last CRED talk on Living well: care approaches to manage continence and prevent urinary tract infection (UTI) in social care, the recording of  the webinar is can be accessed here

The next CRED Talk will take place on the 11th July 3-4pm, on the topic of ‘Putting the social into social care’.

More details and the link to register to follow.

“We are excited to announce that Sharon Kaasalainen (Professor of Nursing at McMaster University in Canada: will be the keynote speaker at our annual general meeting this year. The event will be held online, from 2-3pm, on Monday 12th June, and will be free to attend. Registration details will be sent out later this month. But, in the meantime, please do save the time and date in your diaries!”

Webinar Five: Developing an ASCOT Easy Read for Older Adults.

The Fifth seminar in this series focuses on developing an ASCOT Easy Read for Older Adults.

Date and time:  Mon, 22 May 2023 12:30 – 13:30 BST  – Online

Chair: Professor Ann-Marie Towers, ASCOT programme lead, SSCR Leadership Fellow, Centre for Health Services Studies, University of Kent.


  • James Caiels, PSSRU, University of Kent. The evolution of the ASCOT-ER in the UK.
  • Birgit Trukeschitz, Assma Hajji, Vienna University of Economics and Business. Through your eyes and in your own words: using eye-tracking and cognitive interviews to develop an easy-read version of the German ASCOT.

James’ presentation will provide an overview of how the ASCOT-ER has been developed in the UK. This will include adaptation for people with Autism and learning disabilities, as well as recent work with older people with early dementia and carers.

Birgit Trukeschitz and Assma Hajji will then talk about using eye-tracking and cognitive interviews to develop an easy-read version of the German ASCOT.

The German ASCOT for service users provides tools to collect data on long-term care related quality of life in German-speaking populations. However, data quality hinges on the respondents’ ability to provide accurate answers – and some respondents may struggle with that for various reasons. Because of that, they have developed an easy-read version of the German ASCOT tools for service users based on previous research, easy-read guidelines, and the use of cognitive interviews and eye-tracking technology. In this webinar, they will present findings from the easy-read adaptation process for the German ASCOT self-completion instrument. They will particularly focus on the eye-tracking exercise and cognitive interviews and provide insights on the advantages and challenges of these approaches.

“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 promoting continence and preventing urinary tract infection (UTI) in old age 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.

When the need to go to the toilet is complicated by mobility, sensory and cognitive challenges the health and social care needs of the person often intersect. This #CRED talk will consider the value of reframing different interventions as integral to intimate and personal care work and of fitting them alongside other care being delivered. It discusses how opportunities to reflect on practice and learn from each other about how to promote continence and prevent UTI, help to ensure that existing evidence is used more effectively.

This #CRED talk will bring you up to date with the latest evidence and associated learning resources in care home and domiciliary settings, with the aim of supporting you in the work that you do.”

Date: Thursday 4th May 2023

Time: 15:00 – 16:00

Venue: Online 

For more details please click here 

ENRICH has been developed by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR), and is a resource supported by the NIHR

“The HRA has been working in partnership with members of the public, the research community and the University of Lincoln to develop the People-Centred Clinical Research project, which aims to improve the way clinical research happens and make it better for all people to take part.

As part of the project there is a survey to ask people to share their experiences of clinical research, and to let us know what they think about the six proposed ‘hallmarks’ of people-centred clinical research. The HRA would like to hear from patients, carers, healthcare professionals, researchers and members of the public (including those who’ve never taken part in research). Complete the survey here.”

“Our multi-disciplinary team can offer advice on the key ingredients in a successful health or social care research proposal, including:
  • Statistics and health economics
  • Qualitative methodology
  • Support on involving patients and public in research, identified by the NIHR as a critical component in funding applications
  • Peer review of draft grant applications before submission.
Find out more about how RDS South Central could help you and your team at”

‘Services impact carers differently than the people they care for and their views are just as important. The views of carers are important, could make a difference, and should be valued in health and social care research. However, research often overlooks these perspectives.

NIHR have just published a set of graphics to support the involvement of unpaid/family carers in health and social care research.

We hope our graphics will provide support for both researchers and carers to work together. One graphic focuses on the top tips for researchers involving carers in their work, the other focuses on top tips for carers who are considering becoming involved.’

About the Project

“Nursing home residents are more than 1.4 times greater at risk of emergency admission and have more than 50% more unplanned hospital admissions compared to the general population aged >75 years. Unplanned hospital admissions cost the UK NHS >£11 billion, US healthcare economy >$1.1 trillion/year and account for more than a third of admissions each year. Evidence suggests that many nursing home residents’ hospitalisations can be avoided through rapid detection and timelier treatment.

Decision support tools, which provide a systematic approach to monitoring non-specific cognitive and behavioural changes, provide an opportunity to improve early and consistent detection to infection detection, prompt action and treatment, thus minimising transmission, reducing antibiotic prescribing, emergency hospital admissions, and distress experienced by nursing home residents when moved to an unfamiliar environment.

Robust tools are used in acute care settings for early identification of deterioration but are not commonly developed for use in residential care or always suitable for use by those providing care in this setting i.e., care workers.

Designed for completion by Swedish care workers, who have the most direct contact with residents and tend to be the first people to identify change in psychological and or cognitive behaviour , the Early Detection of Infection Scale is a brief tool that includes assessment of body temperature, using a new approach based on difference from baseline, the so-called ‘DiffTemp’ instead of pre-decided values for fever i.e. >38°C, offering a more targeted approach focusing on specific aspects of behaviour and functional status.

Early reports of using the Early Detection of Infection Scale in practice are positive, with users reporting high levels of acceptability. However, as the Early Detection of Infection Scale is still undergoing ongoing development, it is yet to be to be widely adopted in Sweden.

Given ensuring quality and cost-effectiveness is an increasingly essential requirement of service delivery, development and field-testing of an English version of the Early Detection of Infection Scale for use by nurses and care workers in nursing/care homes in the UK and other countries is urgently required.

Working in collaboration with stakeholders, an established patient public involvement group and wider international EDI group this studentship will develop an English version of the Early Detection of Infection Scale (EDIS) for nurses and care workers to use with nursing home residents. Initial feasibility and acceptability in Scotland will be explored, providing preliminary estimates on hospital admissions, infection rates, antibiotic prescribing, mortality, care processes and needs, staff knowledge, and confidence in infection detection.

You will work alongside researchers from the Department of Nursing and Midwifery, at UHI. Your Director of Studies will be Nicola Carey, Professor of Health Services Research (Head of Department) and your second supervisor Dr Michelle Beattie (Senior Lecturer). You will be supported by a third supervisor, Dr Megan Dickson (Lecturer).

This project will involve mixed methods research and also working closely with stakeholders across the Highlands and Scotland.

We are looking for a student who feels passionately about conducting research with older adults, with excellent communication skills, experience in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies who is interested in older people and developing research in nursing homes.

Applicants should normally have:

  • A postgraduate Master’s degree from a degree-awarding body recognised by the UK government, or equivalent, or
  • A first or upper second-class honours degree from a degree awarding body recognised by the UK government, or equivalent, or
  • Other qualifications or experience that affords sufficient evidence of an applicant’s ability to work at the academic level associated with doctoral study.
  • Good communication skills
  • Experience in quantitative and qualitative research
  • Interest in research in older people

The start date of this project is: 2 October 2023″

 For more information click here 


23/47 Adult Social Care Needs Assessment

This is a call for research to evaluate the effectiveness, implementation, and impact of social care needs assessment in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The Programme wants to fund research which will support improvements in timely, appropriate, holistic, and transparent social care needs assessments, which in turn will lead to improved support for those needing social care services. The Programme is, therefore, interested in receiving applications for cross-UK studies including natural experiments, aiming to produce generalisable and actionable findings. The main aim of this call is to deliver an evaluation of implementation, variation of practice and experiences of social care needs assessments.

Closes: 13:00 on 20 September 2023

For more details please see here