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LTC Covid invite contributors to the LTC Covid International Living Report to present on:

  • Lessons learnt from the experience in their country or region and on the reforms that are being considered to address ongoing challenges
  • Present research findings on COVID-19 and Long-Term Care
  • Cross-national studies on key topics such as workforce pressures, care home visits, vaccination policies in the long-term care sector, etc.

Please email Adelina Comas-Herrera at a.comas@lse.ac.uk if you would like to present.

The workshop will be recorded and the video will be shared on LTCcovid.org.

6th December, 9am to 6pm (UK time, BST)

Registration is free

For more details please click here

Exploring and Understanding the lived experience in CAre homes for older people of Infection risk and transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic: a mixed-methods study to inform what we can learn for future infectious disease outbREaks (UCAIRE)

The UCAIRE study is exploring how care-home residents, staff and families and friends of residents experienced coping with infection-control measures and preventing the spread of COVID-19.  It is a one-year, mixed-methods study comprising an online survey for staff and qualitative interviews with residents, family/friends of residents and care-home staff.  Findings will inform supporting care homes in future outbreaks of highly infectious diseases and those living and working in care homes.

An NIHR School for Social Care Research-funded study, UCAIRE, aims to understand the lived experience of infection transmission in care homes.  Staff working in any role in older people’s care homes in the UK are invited to complete the UCAIRE online survey.

Inclusion criteria for staff participating in the online survey are as follows:

–       Adults aged >18yrs who have worked ≥8 shifts in last four months in the UK

–       Employed in any job role in an older people’s care home (e.g., office, estates, domestic, caring, management)

The survey takes about 10-12 minutes to complete and will be available until 30 November 2021.

Click here to access the online survey

Click here to access the UCAIRE study website (which includes the survey link)

If you work in a care home, we would be grateful if you would pass this along to make all care-home staff aware of the online survey.

If you have colleagues who link with older people’s care homes, we would appreciate you relaying this email to them.

Please contact the Principal Investigator if you have any questions about UCAIRE:

Dr Kathleen Lane, Research Fellow, University of East Anglia (UEA),kathleen.lane@uea.ac.uk

“We are interested in the experiences and opinions of people in direct care positions, such as Care Worker or Care Support Worker or Care Assistant.  If this is the work you do, we would love to hear from you.  If this does not apply to you, but you know people who work in these roles, we would be grateful if you could make them aware of this questionnaire, and share the link given below with your networks.  The questionnaire does not ask for identifiable details such as place of work or name of employer, and if participants leave personal details these will be kept confidential and not used to identify them at any stage of the study.

The purpose of this study is to learn about the experiences of care home workers in England, with a focus on their work motivations and what connects them to the work.  This questionnaire asks about working conditions (including how the pandemic has affected them), and how workers feel about certain aspects their jobs.  The study’s researchers will also interview some care home workers at a later stage. The aim of the study is to improve understanding of why care home workers do what they do, what keeps them in their jobs, and what makes them leave or consider leaving.  These are issues of great importance with serious, ongoing problems in the sector recruiting and retaining staff, and the findings of the study will shape policy recommendations.  As our societies learn to live with COVID-19, we have to find new ways to organise care for our most vulnerable members,  and to think more creatively about the elements of a sustainable care infrastructure.  The information we gather will be used to develop policy insights and practical guidelines aimed at expanding the capacities, resources and sustainability of the care home workforce.

The link below leads to the questionnaire, which has an initial information and consent page:

https://unioxsocpol.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6fZl3G3O34bBNiK

If you have any questions about the study, please contact the study’s research team: Dr Duncan Fisher (Researcher): duncan.fisher@spi.ox.ac.uk.  Professor Mary Daly: mary.daly@spi.ox.ac.uk”

The workshops will be online and each will take approx. 2 hours. We are able to reimburse you for your time at £55 for each workshop.

In the last six months we have interviewed 18 care home nurses, who have told us a lot about what life has been like for them during COVID, the hard bits and the positive things. In the next stage, we want to involve care home nurses in workshops, to find out how best to support you going forward. What kinds of things will help your well-being? Further details can be found on our THRIVE website.

If you are interested, please contact either Dr Linda Birt (linda.birt@uea.ac.uk; Telephone: 01603 593298) or Dr Kathleen Lane (kathleen.lane@uea.ac.uk; Telephone: 01603 597218) from the University of East Anglia. If phoning either Linda or Kathleen, please leave a message on the answer phone and they will ring you back.

This study is funded by the Burdett Trust for Nursing and approved by the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Research Ethics Committee at University of East Anglia.

We will be recruiting for this study until 30th November 2021.

The report, Ambitions for change: Improving healthcare in care homes, describes how healthcare is currently provided in these diverse settings, which range from small privately-owned care homes to large purpose-built homes run by care home chains. The COVID pandemic created extraordinary challenges for care homes, and this report argues that government, commissioners, care home providers and other stakeholders must now ensure that the structures, support and skills are consistently in place to ensure care home residents have access to the same standard of healthcare as other citizens.

To read more click here

Researchers 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 the researchers can send a paper copy.

To take part either click here to be taken directly to the survey, or email Josie Dixon (j.e.dixon@lse.ac.uk), who will be happy to answer any questions you have.

At the end of the survey, the researchers 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.

The research team 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. They will report findings thematically, and no-one taking part will be identified in any report.

“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:

https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/helmopen/rlos/practice-learning/public-health/CoVE/

Sample training package pages:

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The AFRI-c study is based at the University of Bristol and will be looking at air filters to reduce respiratory infections (including covid) in care homes around the UK.

The team would “like to invite Care Home managers to join a working group meeting for the AFRI-c study (air filters to reduce respiratory infections) which is taking place on Thursday 29th April. In particular, if there are any managers from Care Homes that specialise in Dementia Care we would like to hear from you.

If you are interested and would like to help support and shape the study further please contact the central email afric-study@bristol.ac.uk and Claire the Study Coordinator will get back to you.”

“New research by the Health Foundation shows that the amount of hospital care received by those living in care homes in England rapidly declined in the first three months of the pandemic in 2020 and was substantially lower than in the same period in 2019.

The research, which is due to be peer reviewed, provides the first comprehensive and national analysis of all hospital care provided to care home residents during the first wave of the pandemic.

It appears to substantiate concerns that care home residents (including those in nursing homes and residential care) may have faced barriers to accessing hospital treatment as the NHS rapidly reorganised to free up hospital capacity to care for critically ill COVID-19 patients.”

If you would like to read more click on this link

“International Public Policy Observatory (IPPO)  has been set up with support from the Economic and Social Research Council to provide key policymakers in government throughout the UK with access to the best available evidence and insights on the social impacts of the pandemic.

Stakeholder engagement is a core component of our work, including regular roundtable discussions with key decision-makers, frontline staff and academic experts. On March 23, we will host a roundtable to discuss the mental health and wellbeing impacts of COVID-19 on care home residents and staffAhead of this meeting, we’d like to hear first-hand from people such as yourself who are on the frontline of the pandemic response, working in key roles within the care sector.

Would you be willing to have a short (15-minute) call to talk through your thoughts with one of the IPPO team? 

Examples of the questions we’d like to ask you:

  • What are the key issues and concerns you are facing in your role at the moment
  • How has COVID-19 affected you personally, in and outside work?
  • Do you feel you are receiving enough support, and the right kind of support?
  • What other interventions or changes to your working life would make the most positive impact?
  • Do you feel your experiences are being accurately reflected in the media?
  • What extra information related to the pandemic would help you the most?
How the conversation will be used?
Firstly, we must stress that nothing you say will be used without your permission. We will always send the quotes we would like to use back to you first to check.

We will also never use your name or any details that could identify you. We may refer to your region and job role if it’s relevant to the points being made (for example, if referring to a policy area which is devolved, or unique to your particular area of work) – but only with your permission.

We plan to use some of your experiences within a blogpost on the IPPO website which will also include the anonymised experiences of other people working in your field from all over the UK, under a section called ‘frontline voices’The idea is to help policymakers understand the daily issues that you and your colleagues are facing, alongside the latest research which we are also providing to them.

The notes from our call will only be shared with a small number of colleagues within IPPO who are working on this project. 

Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about this request – and thank you for your time mike.herd@theconversation.com