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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.

This month, Foothold (IET Benevolent fund) are delighted to be joined by BPS chartered psychologist and dementia care researcher  Dr Kellyn Lee for 2 special webinars.

If you’re currently caring for someone with dementia, these expert webinars will help you cope with the extraordinary challenges dementia can bring, whilst improving the wellbeing of the people you care for.

May 19th 12:00 – 13:00

PART 1: Understanding the importance of everyday objects in dementia care – Material Citizenship

May 20th 12:00 – 13:00

PART 2: Supporting the wellbeing of families of people with dementia through the We Care – Dementia Care programme

Find out more in Dr Kellyn’s brand-new blog 

To book your place on one or both of these free webinars click here


The Journal of Dementia Care and Vibrant Communities are delighted to announce a series of online meetings to imagine and co-produce the future of our dementia care community

It is an Open Space event convened by the Journal for Dementia Care/Dementia Publishing and facilitated by Ladder to the Moon/Vibrant Communities.

“A community for progressive dementia care practice is needed in the UK, and we want you to be part of bringing it to life. We would love you to bring your skills, experience and insights to this event or another of the online meetings we plan to hold leading up to the relaunched, live UK Dementia Congress in November. We need voices from all care settings and sectors, including people living with dementia and all carers.”

This is an online event –  Thursday 28 April, 2-4pm

For details and to book a free place click here

Policy priorities for high-quality care in care homes: what does the evidence suggest?

Presentation 1 | Josie Dixon, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

Title: Care home managers’ experiences of Government guidance, local governance and sources of support for developing and implementing visiting policies: evidence from the Visit-id Study

Presentation 2 | Katherine Sleeman, NIHR ARC South London, Cicely Saunders Institute, Kings College London

Title: How did care homes respond to the increased need for palliative and end-of-life care during the COVID-19 pandemic? Evidence from the CovPall Care Homes study and recommendations for policy

Presentation 3 | Claire Goodman, NIHR ARC East of England, University of Hertfordshire

Title: Who defines care home residents’ quality of life and how is it measured? Findings from the DACHA study to inform the development of a minimum data set for care homes

Online webinar date: 4th May 12:30 – 2:30

Click here to register for this webinar on eventbrite

“In early May we are hosting colleagues from the University of Maastricht as part of our collaboration for NICHE-Leeds a partnership between the University of Leeds, Leeds Care Association and Leeds City Council which aims to enhance quality for people living or working in (or visiting) care homes.

On Wednesday 4 May (16.00-17.00), we invite you to join a virtual research seminar. There will be 2 presentations:

Learning: staff and quality improvement in practice

Dr Petra Erkens, Assistant Professor and scientific linking pin of vocational training institutes Gilde and Vista Colleges

Innovative long-term care environments: housing with care and inclusive neighbourhoods

Professor Hilde Verbeek, Professor of Long-term Care Environments and Vice Chair of Living Lab in Ageing and Long Term Care, University of Maastricht”

For details on how to join click here NICHE Leeds Research seminar May 4th 2022 

The event will provide information on:

  • targeting the right NIHR funding stream
  • support available to help you develop your funding application, include the support available from the RDS, NHS, NIHR Clinical Research Network and Clinical Trials Units
  • the experience of applying for NIHR funding from a successful applicant.

When: 10:00-12:30 on 10 March 2022

Where: Online

Find out more here.

RDS SC Pre-Submission Review Panel

What: The RDS South Central Pre-Submission Review Panel is a service that allows researchers to submit their draft health or social care grant application for review by a group of experienced methodologists, clinicians and a lay representative, who collectively critique the strengths and weaknesses of the application and provide feedback.

To be eligible:

  • You must be developing a research grant for submission to the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) or another open, national and peer-reviewed applied health or social care research funding programme.
  • You must be based at or collaborating with an organisation from the RDS South Central region (Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Oxfordshire).

When: Pre-Submission Review Panels are held monthly and documents for each Panel will need to be submitted to us by 09:00 AM on the following dates:

  • Monday 14th of February 2022 FULL
  • Monday 7th of March 2022 FULL
  • Monday 18th of April 2022 FULL
  • Monday 16th of May 2022

Find out more here.