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“Following the high standard and volume of entries received in 2022, a new category has been added to celebrate the best use of data in health innovation. There are 11 award categories to enter as well as the grand prix – winner of winners – award. Anyone working in integrated care communities – local authorities, care providers and other NHS health and social services will be able to enter. These awards represent a golden opportunity to tell the story of those who have collaborated and developed new initiatives to support better health outcomes for patients.

The 11 award categories to enter this year are as follows:

  • New for 2023: Best Use of Data in Health Innovation
  • Net Zero Innovation of the Year
  • The Diversity in Innovation Award
  • Excellence in Patient and Public Involvement in Transformation and Innovation
  • Innovation Spread Award
  • Best Workforce Innovation
  • Innovation Helping Address Health Inequalities
  • Outstanding Contribution to Population Health Through Innovation
  • Innovative Health System of the Year
  • Outstanding Collaboration with Industry
  • Enabling Safer Systems of Care Through Innovation.
  • The final, 12th, ‘winners of winners’ award– Innovation Champion of the Year – will be selected by the judges from across the other category winners.

The closing date for submissions will be midnight on Friday 19 May 2023.”

For more details click here

The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) are hosting a free NIHR Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Webinar on 6 February 2023 , 9.30 am to 12.30 pm.

Speakers for the webinar will include:

  • the Director of RDS East of England (RDS EoE) who will talk about the help available for applicants
  • a programme manager from the HSDR team who will give an overview of the HSDR remit
  • a former HSDR panel member who will speak about what the panel are looking for in an application
  • two current HSDR grant holders who will describe their studies

We hope this informative session will provide an insight into the funding stream and support those who are currently preparing bids for submission.

Click here to register


“CRED Talks: Care, Research Education and Debate: A forum to discuss what matters for social care.

Dying well: Social care research for quality in palliative and end of life care

Thursday 23rd March 2023- 15.00-16.00

Greater attention is rightly being paid to the valuable work that social care staff do to support living and dying well in care home and domiciliary care settings. The evidence base is growing about palliative and end of life care and is a potentially helpful resource for social care staff and managers. This #CRED talk showcases the best of this research in the UK, with a focus on practical take-home messages for people working in social care.

This #CRED talk will bring you up to date with the latest evidence and associated learning resources on palliative and end of life care in care home and domiciliary settings, with the aim of supporting you in the work that you do, presented by the following leading researchers:

Chaired by Professor Deborah Sturdy, England’s Chief Nurse for Adult Social Care

Professor Catherine Evans, King’s College London/ Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust: Processes underpinning care homes’ ability to meet the rapid rise in need for palliative and end of life care during the Covid-19 pandemic: priorities for policy

Dr Richard Green, University of Surrey: Enhancing the quality of living and dying with advancing frailty: The PALLUP and ALLIANCE studies

Professor Nancy Preston, Lancaster University: Namaste: an intervention for residents with advanced dementia

Professor Kevin Brazil, Queen’s University Belfast: Building capacity in health and social care to support communication and decision-making on goals of care at the end of life

Please click here to register for the event. Once you have registered you will be invited to the webinar, which will take place via Microsoft Teams. Please see the attached flyer for more details.”

“We are excited to announce the Applied Research Collaboration Care Home Network Event, taking place on Friday 10th March 2023, 10:00 – 16:00 at Friends House, London, NW1 2BJ.

Please see the attached programme for further details, and please click here to register for the event.

Jointly hosted by NIHR ARC Wessex and NIHR ARC East of England, the event aims:

• To maximise cross ARC knowledge exchange

• To share expertise and learning from working in and with care homes

• To identify priorities for future research, capacity building initiatives and implementation studies

• To review the growth of care home research and learning from participatory methods to reflect the needs of older people and priorities of social care

The day is organised in two parts to maximise attendance and promote care home research and partnerships with social care. You can choose to attend the morning session, afternoon session or both.

The morning focuses on building capacity in care home research, with plenary presentations and topic based discussion groups. Topics will be determined by attendees’ interests.

Lunch will be provided.

The afternoon focuses on Fifteen Years of Care Home Research; Achievements and Future Challenges and will be chaired by Julienne Meyer. It will involve a series of short presentations that reflect on how care home research and understanding have grown over the last 15 years, since the 2008 publication of Care Home Research and Development. The presentations will cross reference what has supported co-design and participatory approaches.”

Register here


Policy experts from The King’s Fund will help you gain a greater understanding of how the health and care system in England currently works and how it is changing. They will put this in the context of the current external environment by exploring the key issues in health and care, and will provide balanced and honest views about the pressures and opportunities the system faces in 2023. Taking place virtually over two days, this conference will provide you with the opportunity to interact with our experts and gain confidence working with colleagues throughout the system.

When: 21-22 February 2023

Where: Online


  • Early bird – Public sector, Charity or University: £85.00 +VAT
  • Early bird – Small-medium sized enterprise (SME): £120.00 +VAT
  • Early bird – Commercial/Profit-making organisation: £190.00 +VAT

Find out more here.

The British Society of Gerontology Annual Conference is being hosted by the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK on 5-7th July 2023.

Abstract submission closes soon (27th January).

Plenary Speakers: Adelina Comas-Herrera, Aravinda Meera Guntupalli, Karl Pillemer  Find out more here

Streams include:

  • Hearing older people’s voices
  • Cultural ageing; Ageing in the community
  • Ageing at a time of global crisis
  • Technology and social interventions for independence, support and care
  • Ageing in urban and rural spaces
  • Empowering and supporting people moving to end-of-life

Please do consider submitting your research abstract to this vibrant and friendly conference.  Submit your abstract here

Find us on Twitter: @bsg2023

Health Data Research UK North (HDR UK) and NIHR Yorkshire and Humber invite you to register for our Care Homes Research Workshop.

This event will provide a platform for researchers, stakeholders and public and patient representatives from across the Care Home sector to come together and discuss the latest research within the field. The workshop will be split into two sessions; the first will include a panel discussing how to make research findings useable in care homes and a second session will discuss future research priorities in the sector.

Venue: INOX The University of Sheffield

Date: 20th October 2022

Time: 12:00 – 16:00

The order of the day is as follows:

12:00 – 12:45   Welcome Buffet Lunch

12:45 – 13:00   Introductions and Welcome by Professor Peter Bath and Carl Marincowitz

13:00 – 13:15    Liz Jones, Policy Director & Professor Julienne Meyer National Care Forum –  The view from the care home: benefits and challenges of research

13:40 – 13:55    Duncan Chambers University of Sheffield – Reducing unplanned hospital admissions from care homes: an updated and extended systematic review

13:55 – 14:25    Panel discussion and questions: Making research findings useable in care homes

14:25 – 14:45    Refreshments

14:45 – 15:00    Academic Health Science Network (Speaker TBC) – National work stream managing deterioration in care homes

15:00 – 15:15     Professor Suzanne Mason University of Sheffield – Evaluation of use Health Call app in care homes

15:15 – 15:30     Professor Karen Spilsbury & Peter Hodkinson (Chair of Leeds Care Association and Managing Director of Westward Care) – NICHE Leeds: A care and science partnership enhancing the quality in care homes

15:30 – 16:00    Panel discussion and questions: Future research priorities

16:00 – onwards  Refreshments and networking


Please register to join us by clicking here

“ASCOT 10th Anniversary Webinar Series

The Adult Social Care Outcomes Toolkit (ASCOT) measures the impact of social care (long-term care) on the quality of life of people using services and their informal carers. Although in development for much longer, it is now a decade since the launch of the preference-weighted measure in 2012. Since then, ASCOT has been used around the world in research, evaluation, policy and practice. It has been translated into Danish, Finnish, German, Dutch, Japanese and most recently, Spanish, Swedish, Norwegian and Chinese. It continues to develop, informed by international learning and use in policy and practice. ASCOT now includes tools for measuring the impact of services on informal carers and its suite of tools include Easy Read questionnaires for people with intellectual disabilities and autism and a mixed-methods approach for use in care homes.

This webinar series celebrates a decade of outcome measurement in adult social care, bringing together an international network of researchers and experts in long-term care to present their findings and consider future research priorities.

Who should attend?

  • Researchers
  • Policy makers
  • Practitioners and clinicians working in long-term care
  • Care providers and commissioners
  • Care regulators
  • Sector and provider representatives


Webinar One: Evaluating Social Care Interventions

Date: 12 October 2022   12:30 -13:30

Focuses on the application of ASCOT in evaluating social care interventions/services in England.

Chair: TBC


Dr Phillip Whitehead, Newcastle University and Dr Katharine Orellana, HSCRU, Kings College London.

  • The use of ASCOT in the Bathing Adaptations in the Homes of Older Adults study (BATH-OUT-1 & 2) – Dr Phillip Whitehead, Newcastle University.
  • Using ASCOT-INT4 to investigate the impact of day centres for older peopleDr Katharine Orellana, HSCRU, Kings College London.

If you would like to find out more about ASCOT please visit our ASCOT website.”

To register click here


Much care homes research has clear implications for care homes policy and practice.  However, many researchers struggle to disseminate their findings in ways that allow effective translation into real-world impact, whilst care providers struggle to find the evidence they need to inform their practice.  The aims of this event are to identify key barriers and facilitators to translating care homes research into practice, and consider what actions we can take to maximise the positive impact of care homes research on everyday care home practice.

Guest speakers

This event will feature presentations from our expert panellists, who will each share their insights into how we could more effectively translate care homes research into policy and practice.

o   Professor Adam Gordon: Professor of the Care of Older People, University of Nottingham

o   Nuno Lopes (Director of Care) and Rosalind Gray (Head of Therapies), Nightingale Hammerson, care providers

o   Dr Kellyn Lee: Project Officer for ENRICH and Research Fellow at the University of Southampton

o   Glen Garrod: Executive Director of Adult Care and Community Wellbeing for Lincolnshire County Council

The event will also include opportunities for attendees to discuss and share their views on what could be done to maximise the impact of research on care homes practice and policy.

This free event is open to anyone with an interest in care homes research. It will be of particular interest to those who:

  • Conduct care homes research
  • Work or volunteer in the care homes sector
  • Support others to plan and conduct care homes research
  • Commission, fund, or evaluate care homes research
  • Develop or regulate care homes policy

This event has been approved, in principle, for certification by the Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Certification Service. If you would like to receive a CPD certificate confirming your attendance at the event, then please complete this form after you have registered

This free event is hosted by the British Society of Gerontology’s Care Homes Research Special Interest Group

This event will run from 2-4pm (UK time) on Friday 25th November, on Zoom.

You can register for the event here

What is the Starting Research Workshop?

A free to attend, half-day session, on how to move from thinking about doing research to taking your first steps in getting support, dedicated time and funding to actually do it.

The workshop will cover:

  • Routes into research
  • What makes a good research question
  • Establishing the evidence-gap: libraries, literature searches & reviews
  • Finding a good supervisor
  • An introduction to patient & public involvement
  • Finding training and funding to develop research ideas
  • Sources of other support for undertaking research
  • Taking first steps in research

Who should attend?

This event is relevant to health care professionals, social care and public health practitioners who are thinking about research.

Whilst much of what will be presented and discussed will be of general use, the Q&A panels will be regionally based, and will consist of people with specific knowledge concerning training, funding and other support available in South Central (including Wessex), East Midlands and East of England. If you are unsure of where you are, see below:

  • South Central: Buckinghamshire, Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight
  • East Midlands: Derbyshire. Leicestershire, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Rutland
  • East of England: Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk

What to expect on the course

  • Time and Date: 09:00–14:00 on Thursday, 22nd September, 2022. There will be optional one-to-one sessions with RDS advisers from 14:30 in the afternoon.
  • Venue: Online
  • Content: Presentations and Q&A panels

Enquiries to:

  • Please note that places at this event are limited, and will be allocated on a ‘first-come – first-served’ basis.
  • If you are booking a one-to-one session, following confirmation of your place, you will be asked to complete a very brief summary about your research idea prior to the event.


The NIHR Research Design Service can offer expert advice and support on all aspects of designing and developing applications for NIHR and other funding bodies. To find out about your local RDS, go to

This event is being run by RDS South Central. If you are based in the South Central region of England (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire) and would like to request free advice and support directly from RDS South Central, please complete our online ‘Request for Support’ form.