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Call summary

  • This RfSC call is an important part of the Department of Health and Social Care and NIHR’s ongoing interest in strengthening dementia research in less well-supported areas, better understanding the needs of underserved populations and social care needs, as well as identifying best practice in relation to critical points, including diagnosis, hospitalisation, residential care and end-of-life care.
  • The Research for Social Care (RfSC) call, is inviting proposals from eligible research teams to improve the evidence base around social care and dementia
  • This call offers researchers considerable flexibility to focus on any subject area or topic providing that it falls within RfSC’s dementia remit.
  • This call is open to researchers at all career stages, and standard RfSC eligibility rules and criteria will apply. In particular we are looking for researchers from a wide selection of backgrounds, and early career researchers are especially welcomed.
  • The call is for proposals up to £350,000 for a period of up to 36 months with projects needing to commence between 1 September 2022 and 1 March 2023. 
  • Applications are expected to have strong involvement and collaboration with organisations that are responsible for delivering social care and related social care services, for example local authorities and third sector, where appropriate. Applicants may wish to consult the NIHR guidance on co-producing research.

Closes: 13:00 on 19 October 2021

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 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


People with dementia can experience Behavioural and Psychological Symptoms of Dementia (BPSD), including anxiety, aggression, calling out and wandering. Antipsychotics are sometimes prescribed to manage BPSD, including in care homes, and there are different views about their use in BPSD. We are conducting a survey study to better understand staff attitudes to the use of antipsychotics in residents with dementia living in care homes, using the ‘Antipsychotics in Dementia Attitude Questionnaire (ADAQ)’.

Are you a care assistant or a nurse working in a residential or nursing home for elderly residents? If so, please can you help us by completing this questionnaire to tell us your own views about using antipsychotics in residents with dementia? You can save the survey part way through and it should take less than 15 minutes to complete all the questions. Once you have completed the survey, could you please pass on the survey link to other relevant staff who might also be interested in helping us? This survey is part of research being completed by Miss Amna Raza for a PhD in Pharmacy at the University of Reading.

This is the link to our survey:

The project is being supervised by Mrs Sundus Jawad, Mr Tim Langran, and Professor Parastou Donyai. A collaboration between the University of Reading and NHS East Berkshire CCG.

Foundations in Dementia

A free online course for six weeks, starting 1 February 2021

 Gain expert knowledge and skills to care for individuals living with dementia.

You will learn to understand people with dementia and to care appropriately as a professional or family supporter.

You will explore signs and symptoms, interventions, support networks and more.

Spanning six topics from prevention and diagnosis to end of life care, the course also offers insights from recent research.”

 To register for this event click here