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“About this event

The main aims of the project were to:

  • identify the particular characteristics of adult social care staff compared with workers in other low-wage service sectors;
  • examine what drives the retention of staff employed in care homes and domiciliary care as well as care workers employed directly by persons using social care services (or so-called Personal Assistants);
  • identify what drives some staff to leave the social care sector, as compared to switching jobs to other social care employers; and
  • assess what impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on social care workforce wellbeing and retention.

By examining the literature, existing data sources and collecting new information from social care workers and providers (e.g. surveys), the project findings fill an important evidence gap around staff stability and wellbeing in the adult social care sector in England.

Outline of the event:

  • Welcome and introductions (5 mins)
  • Short presentations from the study team on main messages from the different parts of the study and implications for policy and practice (35 mins)
  • Q&A and general discussion (20 mins)

Research team: Dr Florin Vadean (University of Kent; Co-PI), Prof Shereen Hussein (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Co-PI), Dr Stephen Allan (University of Kent; Co-I), Prof Alex Bryson (University College London; Co-I), Grace Collins (University of Kent; RA), John Forth (City University London; Co-I), Dr Katerina Gousia (University of Kent; Co-I), Dr Catherine Marchand (University of Kent; RA), Dr Daniel Roland (University of Kent; RA), Dr Eirini Saloniki (University College London; Co-I), Hansel Teo (University of Kent; RA), Ann-Marie Towers (University of Kent; Co-I), Dr Agnes Turnpenny (University of Kent; Co-I)”

Date: Tuesday 17th May

Time: 13:00 – 14:00

To register for this event click here

For more information go to the Project website

Call for Applications for Developing Research Leaders Awards

“The NIHR School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR) invites Stage 1 applications to support individuals to develop their careers as research leaders in adult social care research in England. This is part of NIHR SSCR’s commitment to build research capacity in adult social care.

Stage 1 Applications received by 16.30 on Tuesday 5 July 2022 will be considered by the NIHR SSCR’s Commissioning Panel. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to a Stage 2 interview and presentation in early September 2022. Institutions are not limited to one application.

Applicants are asked to provide an intention to submit by 16.30 on Tuesday 21 June 2022. This is to support NIHR SSCR in estimating the number of applications and does not commit any individual to submit an application.”

For more details click here

This month, Foothold (IET Benevolent fund) are delighted to be joined by BPS chartered psychologist and dementia care researcher  Dr Kellyn Lee for 2 special webinars.

If you’re currently caring for someone with dementia, these expert webinars will help you cope with the extraordinary challenges dementia can bring, whilst improving the wellbeing of the people you care for.

May 19th 12:00 – 13:00

PART 1: Understanding the importance of everyday objects in dementia care – Material Citizenship

May 20th 12:00 – 13:00

PART 2: Supporting the wellbeing of families of people with dementia through the We Care – Dementia Care programme

Find out more in Dr Kellyn’s brand-new blog 

To book your place on one or both of these free webinars click here


ExCHANGE is a collaboration between organisations in Devon and the South West Peninsula concerned with the care and happiness of care home residents: PenARC; the University of Exeter; the Devon Care Homes Collaborative – a group of over 250 independent care providers committed to improving the lives of those living in their care through a programme of continual review and improvement and the South West Academic Health Science Network (SW AHSN).

“The ExCHANGE project is all about exchanging and mobilising knowledge between researchers and those working, living in and visiting care homes. Our collaboration is made up of researchers, care home providers and family members exploring ways to use research to improve care home practice. We’ve co-designed workshops for care staff about how to use evidence to inform their practice alongside workshops to help researchers make sense of care homes in their work. We want to breakdown long-standing academic hierarchies to get care home stakeholders and researchers working together on an equal footing, with the ultimate aim of enhancing quality of life in care homes.”

To inspire and encourage innovative future collaborations between academics and practitioners take a look at our project list and share as widely as possible.

“Together we can work towards producing critical and timely research to move us closer towards our shared goal of improving the health and wellbeing of those working, living in and visiting care homes.”

For more details click here 

Researchers from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and The London School of Economics discuss whether the UK Government Really did throw a protective ring around care homes during the Covid-19 Pandemic.

The objectives of the study were to: “examine COVID-19 policies for care homes in England and to describe providers’ experiences of those policies in May and June 2020.”

The methods they used were: “Mixed methods including policy analysis and an anonymous online survey of English care home providers, recruited using webinars and WhatsApp groups about their experiences of funding, testing, PPE, isolation and staffing until the end of May and early June 2020.”

Their findings are:  “Although social care policies in England have aligned with those advised by the World Health Organization, they were arguably delayed and were not implemented effectively. Testing had taken place in 70% of care homes surveyed but only 36% of residents had been tested, of whom 16% were positive. Managers were unable to effectively implement isolation policies and reported that workforce and funding support did not always reach them. Guidance changed frequently and was conflicting and could not always be implemented, for example when personal protection equipment was extremely expensive and difficult to source.”

For full details of this paper click here


Selina Rajan, The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, GB

Adelina Comas-Herrera, The London School of Economics, GB

Martin Mckee. The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, GB

The Journal of Dementia Care and Vibrant Communities are delighted to announce a series of online meetings to imagine and co-produce the future of our dementia care community

It is an Open Space event convened by the Journal for Dementia Care/Dementia Publishing and facilitated by Ladder to the Moon/Vibrant Communities.

“A community for progressive dementia care practice is needed in the UK, and we want you to be part of bringing it to life. We would love you to bring your skills, experience and insights to this event or another of the online meetings we plan to hold leading up to the relaunched, live UK Dementia Congress in November. We need voices from all care settings and sectors, including people living with dementia and all carers.”

This is an online event –  Thursday 28 April, 2-4pm

For details and to book a free place click here

“A booklet has been created for carers who assist a person with dementia with their personal care. This booklet was developed as part of the Alzheimer’s Society funded Pro-CARE study, which was undertaken at the University of East Anglia. The booklet is available on the link below, please do share with any family carers, care-home staff or dementia support organisations you feel may benefit from the resource.”

Click here for access to the booklet 

“A face-to-face event for people interested in carrying out research in care homes in Greater Manchester.

Enabling Research in Care Homes, or ENRICH for short, is an initiative run by the National Institute for Health Research.

It helps researchers, care home managers, staff and residents to support and carry out research studies in different care home settings.

Here in Greater Manchester, our ENRICH team is looking forward to hosting our first face-to-meeting for ENRICH since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The day will include a variety of talks, presentations and networking opportunities, all related to care home research. We hope you can join us and, in the meantime, please feel free to contact us with any queries at

Provisional agenda for the day is as follows:

  •  Welcome and Introductions from our Chairs: Prof Nicky Cullum and Dr Emma Vardy 9:30-9:35
  •  Who we are and what do we do- a brief overview of the CRN, ENRICH and the Direct Delivery Team, including Vivaldi as a case study 9:35-10:00
  • Dr Emma Vardy discusses her research and takes questions 10:00-10:15
  • Emma Oughton and Lindsay Ray discuss Join Dementia Research and take questions 10:15-10:30
  • Dr Paul Clarkson will give an overview on the Secure Study & take questions 10:30-10:45
  • Break 10:45-11:00
  • Lizzie Hancock, a care home manager from Yorkshire, will talk about her experiences as a Research Champion and take questions 11:00-11:30
  • Workshop by ARC 11:30-12:00
  • Lunch & Networking 12:00- 12:30 approx”

Date: April 28 

Time: 9:30 -12:30

To register for this event click 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.

Closes: 13:00 on 19 July 2022

For more details please click here

Policy priorities for high-quality care in care homes: what does the evidence suggest?

Presentation 1 | Josie Dixon, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

Title: Care home managers’ experiences of Government guidance, local governance and sources of support for developing and implementing visiting policies: evidence from the Visit-id Study

Presentation 2 | Katherine Sleeman, NIHR ARC South London, Cicely Saunders Institute, Kings College London

Title: How did care homes respond to the increased need for palliative and end-of-life care during the COVID-19 pandemic? Evidence from the CovPall Care Homes study and recommendations for policy

Presentation 3 | Claire Goodman, NIHR ARC East of England, University of Hertfordshire

Title: Who defines care home residents’ quality of life and how is it measured? Findings from the DACHA study to inform the development of a minimum data set for care homes

Online webinar date: 4th May 12:30 – 2:30

Click here to register for this webinar on eventbrite