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We are seeking senior care home staff to take part in a research study about visiting arrangements for older people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The study is led by researchers at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and is funded by the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR).

You can read more about the study by clicking here

If you choose to take part you will be asked to complete a 20-30 minute online qualitative survey (where you write the answer in your own words) about developing and implementing your care home’s visiting policy. If you prefer, we will complete the survey with you in a telephone or Zoom call or we can send a paper copy.

To take part either click here to be taken directly to the survey, or email one of the research team, who will be happy to answer any questions you have:

Klara Lorenz-Dant (

Josie Dixon ( or 07989 070777) or

Kellyn Lee (

At the end of the survey, we will also ask if you are willing to take part in a follow-up qualitative interview. This is optional. Care homes selected for interview will receive £50 for their activity fund.

We really want to hear about your views and experiences and ensure they are communicated to Government and other stakeholders.

Your information will be entirely confidential; only the research team will see your answers. We will report findings thematically, and no-one taking part will be identified in any report.

We are hugely grateful to you for your participation. Thank you.

Have your say about data collection in care homes 

Can you spare a few minutes to complete a survey on data collection in care homes? Everyone knows that care homes already collect a vast amount of information, but its not clear how much variation there is, in what is collected.  

 Why is this of interest?
Other countries specify a minimum set of data to be collected by care homes. There is growing interest in whether this would be a good thing for the UK to do.  

 This survey is part of a bigger study involving eight universities. The survey is being run from Newcastle University with support from the University of Kent and others. It aims to identify what data are already being collected, and help us to understand how a minimum dataset would impact on workloads in care homes.  

 Please take part to make sure voices from care homes are heard.

In summary:

  • This online survey is for a manager or a member of care staff to complete
  • It should take no longer than 10-15 minutes
  • Only 1 survey response is needed per Care Home 
  • A certificate of participation will be provided


TO TAKE PART: Click this link to access the survey

 When you have completed  the survey, please email  to receive your certificate of participation

If you would like to find out more, there is a study website

Or contact Emily McKean

Or Barbara Hanratty 

Join Liverpool Dementia & Ageing Research Forum at their next virtual event on Wednesday 14th July, 1-2 pm.  You will hear from Dr Bram de Boer from Maastricht University about the experiences surrounding visitation in care homes during the pandemic, and the implementation of early guidance on safe visiting. He will share learnings and how these could be applied to the UK, and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topic with him.

Please register here and feel free to share, everyone is welcome


“The research programme is organised into two streams, biomedical research and care, implementation and public health research that cover the full scope of dementia research.

·         Clinical training partnerships

·         Project grants

·         Clinician and healthcare professional fellowships

·         Research fellowships

·         Senior fellowships

·         PhD studentships

The closing date is 16 September 2021.”

For more details please see:

“Professor Shareen Hussein is leading a study to develop a measurement scale focussed on work-related quality of life for people working in social care – ‘Developing a scale of work-related quality of life for adult social care staff: Phase One’. The work is funded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme.

The research team would like to invite you to participate in the final stage of this work, by completing a consensus survey on domains of work-related quality of life for social care workers. The survey should take around 15 to 20 minutes to complete and there is an option to enter a prize draw, with three prizes of £50 in high street vouchers.

The survey has been designed through earlier stages of work; specifically, reviewing current evidence, and carrying out interviews/focus group discussions with social care and policy experts, care workers and care providers.

The information that will be collected is not about your own experiences, instead the aim is to seek your views on key areas that might affect care workers’ wellbeing. The results will inform the development of a measure of work-related quality of life for care workers, and will open up debate about working conditions and strategies for improving wellbeing at work in the adult social care sector in England.”

If you would like to take part in the survey, please click here.

Research Associate/Fellow (fixed term)

“The purpose of this role is to implement the UK arm of a cross-national trial involving 5 countries: Norway, Germany, The Netherlands, Turkey and UK. Music Interventions for Dementia and Depression in Elderly Care (MIDDEL) will provide internationally-generalisable results concerning the effects of Music Therapy and Group Recreational Singing in care homes.  See the published protocol for further details.  The role holder will have operational responsibility for delivering MIDDEL in the UK – geographically, this is likely to be in The Midlands and East of England. The role holder will be expected to implement the protocol, conduct the research, be an active member of the research team and be jointly responsible for writing up the study for publication.

Closing Date: Sunday, 11th July 2021

For more information on this post click here 

“This is a UK-wide online survey of frontline workers in adult social care.  The researchers are interested to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic affected people’s experience of working in adult social care. It covers topics such as job satisfaction, well-being, and support received during the pandemic. All responses are anonymous.

The survey is part of the Retention and Sustainability of Social Care Workforce (RESSCW) project, funded by the Health Foundation’s Efficiency Research Programme. RESSCW is a collaboration between the University of Kent, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, City University of London, and Skills for Care. It aims to understand the specific organisational and individual drivers of staff retention and wellbeing as well as the impact of Covid-19 on the social care sector.

The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK. 

The closing date for stage 1 of the survey (stage 2 is later in the year) is the 25th June. We are aware this is a very short timeframe but we would like a final drive to recruit more workers from the care home sector to our study.

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“This cross NIHR ARC event brings together practitioners from health and social care and all those interested in learning from the pandemic to support older people and staff living and working in care homes.

The webinar starts with a presentation of a completed study looking at visiting in care homes and how these findings can inform future practice. It then showcases three studies. One recently completed that compared the evidence on what needs to be in place for effective online consultations with the experience of health and social care staff during the pandemic, one with emerging findings and one, just starting.

The final session is a discussion between participants and speakers to share learning, support cross organisation working and enable researchers and practitioners to discuss what works for residents and staff.”

Research projects being discussed are:

  • Care home visits during the pandemic: The impact of testing and vaccination and the effects on all involved – Clarissa Giebel, University of Liverpool. NIHR ARC North West Coast
  • Videoconferencing and online technology for communication between care homes and health and social care practitioners – Krystal Warmoth, University of Hertfordshire. NIHR ARC East of England 
  • Identifying approaches, barriers and facilitators to visiting in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic – Claire Surr, Leeds Beckett University. NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber
  • Visit-id: a study of care home visiting arrangements during Covid-19 – Josie Dixon- London School of Economics and Political Science. NIHR ARC North Thames

To register click on Eventbrite

“Our small team (Dr Holly Blake, Dr Wendy Jones and myself) within the University of Nottingham’s School of Health Sciences along with an international peer review panel have developed and released the digital training package. 

This training package has been developed for health and care professionals, and healthcare students with the aim of increasing understanding of the COVID-19 vaccine and provide a resource that will help them to explain to patients and clients why COVID-19 vaccine uptake is important for individual and societal health.

 Here is a link to the CoVE Package: COVID-19 Vaccine Education training package hosted on HELM Open Repository:

Sample training package pages:

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This webinar is part of the ‘Activating Research’ series by NIHR ARC North Thames Academy. 

It is intended as an introduction to disseminating your research findings and implementing them into practice.

Three short presentations will cover different routes for disseminating your findings, the different topics of applied research (clinical, public health, social care), how to showcase your work, and how to include patients and research participants in writing up and sharing research. These webinars are aimed at health and care professionals in frontline services, local government and public health who want to advance in their research journey.

Find out more and register here