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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.

“How can we support innovation and tackle implementation challenges in the social care sector?

Join the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North Thames on 31st March at 12pm – 2pm to explore and discuss insights into the barriers of implementing evidence and how innovation in social care can be supported by research and collaboration.

This free, online event will feature three presentations from leading researchers and practitioners in social care –  Professor Jon Glasby, Dr Juliette Malley and Dr Lisa Trigg and chaired by Professor Annette Boaz – and will be followed by a 30 minute panel discussion and a chance to ask questions.

The webinar is open to all, including people working in health and social care, research, public health, and anyone with an interest in innovation and implementation across the social care sector.”

Date and time: Thursday 31st March at 12:00 -14:00

To book your place click here 

This is part of the ARC North Thames Academy’s Innovation and Implementation webinar series, which aims to share learning and practice, interdisciplinary approaches, opportunities and challenges, and stimulate thought-provoking discussions around the implementation of health innovations in diverse settings.”

“About the event

The NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) is offering this online event aimed at those who want to develop and submit a research funding application to one of the NIHR funding programmes.

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.

Who should attend

This event is aimed at professionals and researchers in the NHS, public health and social care, as well as academics from universities across England.


10.00 am – Welcome and introduction – Mark Gabbay, Associate Director, Research Design Service North West (RDS NW).

10.10 am – Targeting the right NIHR funding stream –  Dr Steven Lane, Adviser, RDS NW.

10.35 am – Applying for NIHR funding, the experience of a successful NIHR Programme Grants for Applied Research (PGfAR) applicant – Dr Kathryn Scott, Senior Grant Writer, University of Liverpool.

10.50 am – Patient and Public Involvement (PPI), the experience of a successful PGfAR applicant – Mrs Lynn Hedgecoe, Public co-applicant.

11.05 am – Questions and answer session with the presenters.

11.15 am – Break.

11.30 am – The Research Design Service (RDS) Public involvement Funds (PIF) – Dr Stuart Oultram, Specialist PPI adviser, RDS NW.

11.40 am – How can the Research Design Service help you with your application – Dr Kenny Finlayson, Adviser, RDS NW.

11.50 am – Other support available:

  • NIHR Clinical Research Network – TBC
  • Clinical Trials Units – Ben Hardwick, Supervising Trials Manager, Liverpool Clinical Trials Centre, University of Liverpool
  • NHS R&D – Stacey Carruthers, SPARK.

12.15 pm – Summary and final questions.

12.30 pm – End of session.

Download a PDF of the programme here.

Date and time: 10 March 2022, 10.00 am to 12.30 pm – online event


To attend this event, please register here.”

Too Old To Care follows Queenie, Alex and Elaine – a resident, a carer and a relative – as their lives entwine and they confront the complexity of getting old. With humour and gentleness, it asks us to consider the way older people are cared for and how those doing the caring are being supported.

The play is based on interviews with care home residents, staff and relatives, as well as with academics, social workers and managers. It is funded by Arts Council England and the team are preparing for a tour in early 2023.  Christina is currently exploring partnerships to widen the reach and impact of the piece.

To find out more, get in touch by email.

“About this event

Presentation 1: Mistreatment and inequalities of racialised care home staff: Implications on care workers and residents’ outcomes

Professor Shereen Hussein, Professor of Health and Social Care Policy, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine

Shereen is a Professor of Health and Social Care Policy at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, UK. She is a medical demographer by training and has developed an established multi-disciplinary research portfolio focusing on ageing and care. Shereen’s research supports policymakers in the UK and internationally to formulate and implement tailored ageing policies and plans. Shereen has a particular interest in the social care workforce, global ageing, health equity and migration and has recently established the Middle East and North Africa Research on Ageing Healthy Network to mobilise ageing research and practice development in the region (

Shereen will be talking about the experience of mistreatment and inequalities among racialised care staff working in care homes with a special focus on the experience during the COVID19 pandemic in the UK. She will draw on findings from several ongoing studies focusing on the impact of COVID19 on the care workforce, particularly those who belong to a minority ethnic group and/or migrants; the implementations of social distancing and infection controls in care homes and its impact on residents and staff and understanding the components of work-related quality of life among care workers. She will present evidence on the experience of care home staff analysed with an inequality lens and discuss observed effects on care workers’ and care home residents’ wellbeing. She will then discuss potential implications on care policy and practice when planning for the recovery from the effects of the pandemic.

Presentation 2: Perspectives on the experiences of people with a learning disability and dementia in care homes.

Dr Karen Watchman, Senior Lecturer in Health Sciences Stirling at the University of Stirling

Karen has experience of leading staff and research teams, managing projects and supporting development at Higher Education Institutions and third sector/NGO organisations. Her academic background is in social science, with a practice background in social care where she spent many years as Chief Executive of Down’s Syndrome Scotland. Karen is an advocate of collaboration across all disciplines in dementia research with an emphasis on making research findings accessible. With a focus on post-diagnosis dementia support, learning disability and equality issues, she seeks diverse views of participants less often included in research. Karen has extensive experience of writing for different audiences and editing dementia-related content for publication, both online and in print. Knowledge translation and production of accessible information, such as Jenny’s Diary see this link and Supporting Derek see this link ensure dissemination of research findings into practice both nationally and internationally, with Jenny’s Diary translated into six languages.

Karen will be looking from different perspectives at the experiences of people with a learning disability and dementia in care homes. First, those of staff who often lack confidence in proving support to this population yet are seeing an increasing number of people moved to a care home especially at end of life. Second, from those of people with a learning disability who took part in a recent photovoice study and reported that friends with dementia ‘disappear’ after a move to a care home. See this link for an article about the project.


Presentation 3: Supporting care homes to improve their support for LGBT+ older people

Professor Trish Hafford-Letchfield, Head of School, School of Social Work and Social Policy, University of Strathclyde

Trish is Professor of Social Care at the University of Strathclyde. She is a qualified nurse and social worker with over 18 years in statutory social work. Trish’s research interests are in the care experiences of older people from marginalised communities. She has over 100 publications and her two most recent books are Desexualisation in Later Life: The limits of sex and intimacy, Policy Press with Paul Simpson and Paul Reynolds and Rethinking Feminist Theories for Social Work Practice with Christine Cocker with Palgrave.

Trish will be talking about her recent project ‘The Care Home Challenge: supporting care homes to improve their support for LGBT+ older people through community collaboration’. There have been substantial achievements in legislative and human rights for Lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT+) older people and their visibility in health and social care has equally increased. There are documented concerns about the accessibility, inclusiveness and safety of care services for LGBT+ people, particularly in institutionalised care. This requires systemic change not easy to operationalise. This presentation shares the experiences of this action-research initiative where six care homes belonging to a national care provider, collaborated to assess and develop their services with the support of local LGBT ‘Community Advisors’ and academic partners. Framed within Rogers’ (2003) change management framework and combined with a participatory leadership approach, a programme of intervention was implemented comprising structured activities around seven key areas thought to promote LGBT inclusion. Trish will share the findings of the formal evaluation and the main challenges and opportunities that emerged. This presentation suggests that a programme approach for achieving step change and tangible outcomes can be enhanced with the engagement and participation of the LGBT+ community itself. (Project partners; Paul Willis, Kathy Almack and Paul Simpson).”

Date and time:  Tue, 25 January 2022  – 13:00 – 15:00 GMT

Click here to register