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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 if you would like to present.

The workshop will be recorded and the video will be shared on

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),

“We are seeking expressions of interest for care home participation and we have prepared a study outline for interested care homes (see below), which includes a link to our expression of interest form and a dedicated FluCare email address.  We are seeking care homes (residential and/or nursing, registered for people over the age of 65), from London, Leicestershire/Rutland (LLR) and Norfolk. The feasibility study is taking place this flu season with the main study next year, so our priority at the moment is to get care homes interested and signed up as soon as possible. details below:

FluCare is a research study being run by the University of East Anglia and NHS Norfolk & Waveney Clinical Commissioning Group.

What is FluCare?

FluCare is a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)-funded project exploring whether offering staff flu vaccination clinics in the care home can improve flu vaccination rates.  The project will take place this flu season and the 2022 flu season.

What is involved?

  • The researchers want to see if offering flu vaccination clinics specifically for staff in the care home, along with financial incentives for homes, can increase uptake.
  • They are looking for care homes to take part in a small-scale study this Autumn and a large trial next year, again in the flu season.
  • Some care homes will receive the flu vaccination clinics and others will not, but all homes will receive £500 for taking part in the study and providing monitoring information.
  • The researchers will also want to interview some staff– staff who give up their time for interviews will also be paid.
  • Within each care home, staff who complete a short online survey will be entered into a £100 voucher prize draw.

What types of care homes can get involved? 

  • The project is looking for residential or nursing care homes for people over the age of 65
  • The care homes need to employ more than 10 staff
  • The care homes need to be located in London, Norfolk or LLR (Leicester/Leicestershire/Rutland).

When will the project start? 

  • This October – see below on how to sign up

Why should your care home get involved?

  • Your care home will receive £500 for participating
  • It will help you to think about your flu vaccination strategy, as you will have sight of early findings
  • It will help to build the evidence base for government on what works to improve flu vaccination, beyond the rather blunt instrument of mandatory vaccination and set out the case for more collaboration/ support for care home staff vaccination

What do I do to take part?

  • Complete a FluCare expression of interest form by following this link

If you have any questions please contact:

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 (; Telephone: 01603 593298) or Dr Kathleen Lane (; 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.

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 (, 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.

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 

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 

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 and Claire the Study Coordinator will get back to you.”

NHS England

Keeping care home residents safe

Mais House is a small care home in coastal Bexhill for residents with a military service connection. This case study explores how the homes nursing team maintained a COVID-safe and COVID-free environment for all staff, residents and visiting family members throughout the first wave of the pandemic – despite community rates of COVID-19 staying high within its local area during this time.

Key learnings from a nurse-led COVID-safe and COVID-free care home environment:

·         Building the capacity of the core nursing and support team has been vital to resident outcomes and staff wellbeing.

·         Training and support to develop skills across the nursing and support teams has underpinned the resilience of care in the home, taking pressure off community services and reducing admissions.

·         Leadership and support for the team to deliver the highest standard of care.

To read more click here

 A new guidance document has been published on the South East Clinical Network website on the topic of Dementia and OPMH: Guidance for Primary Care Networks and Care Homes. This document aims to equip members of staff working in care homes and primary care with understanding of dementia and mental health conditions due to the prevalence of both disorders in care home populations.”

To access the document click here