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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

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 The Care Home Awards in association with Care Home Management are an annual celebration of excellence and innovation across the care home sector in the UK.  The commercial Care sector is growing fast in the UK as the population ages and other special needs demands grow. These Awards tease out brilliant examples of care homes, giving them due recognition and celebrating their success at a memorable Awards occasion.

The Care Home Awards open for entries on October 1 each year, with a final deadline date for entries of January 31.

The Call for entries will close on January 31, 2022 and the judging will take place during February, March and April.

A celebration of the Finalists and presentations of trophies to the Winners and High Commendations will take place on July 1, 2022 at the Royal Garden Hotel, London W8 4PT.”

For more details please click here

“We’re delighted to announce that HSR UK’s 15th annual conference will be held from 5 to 7 July 2022.

After two successful online conferences in 2020 and 2021, this year we are excited to be holding our conference in-person at the University of Sheffield.  For those who are unable to join in person, we will be offering an online option allowing access to the conference platform, on-demand content, and certain live streamed sessions.

Our conference committee is developing an exciting programme with high quality speakers from across the UK and internationally, covering key issues for the health services and care research community. There will be some great plenary sessions, practical and interactive workshops, HSR learning and development sessions and the opportunity as always to showcase and discuss your research.

The call for contributions is now open and you are warmly encouraged to submit a research presentation, a proposal for a workshop, or (new for 2022) a proposal for a learning and development session.”

For more information click here 

Submission by 7 January 2022

“To mark the launch of the LTCcovid International Living Report on COVID-19 and Long-Term Care we are organising a two-day online workshop. Attendees will be able to join parts of the workshop.

The programme will include:

  • International overviews of the impacts of the pandemic on Long-Term Care systems, a discussion of lessons learnt and the policy reforms that are needed to strengthen Long-Term Care systems all over the world.
  • Findings from research projects on Long-Term Care and COVID-19

Details of the programme will be shared as we have them; for now, please email Adelina Comas-Herrera at if you would like to present.”

The workshop is free to attend with pre-registration. Click here to register

“This NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) hosted event will introduce social care researchers, practitioners and users to the latest call from the RfSC programme, competition 4.

Speakers include the RfSC Programme Team, the RfSC Committee Chair, Dr Mark Wilberforce (who is a successful applicant) and a public involvement expert.

There will also be a presentation from Autistica. Working with Autistica, the NIHR are also inviting proposals for collaborative research projects to better support autistic people who access social care.

The remit of the call, requirements and application processes will be covered.

The event will provide top tips for your application from researchers who have been funded by RfSC and offer a chance to ask specific questions.

There will also be the opportunity to speak to an RDS adviser about your research question/proposal.”

Date and time

Thu, 25 November 2021

13:30 – 15:00 GMT

Online Event

If you would like to register for this event click here

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

This session will provide information on:

  • details of the Research for Patient Benefit programme
  • views from a successful RfPB applicant
  • the application process and what funders are looking for in a submission
  • the support the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) can provide in the preparation of your application
  • advice about Patient and Public Involvement (PPI).

Who should attend

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

Informal drop-in sessions

If you would like an initial informal chat with an RDS adviser, who will provide initial guidance and information on how the Research Design Service can help with your proposal development to RfPB, we are offering drop-in sessions after the event from 1.00 pm to 3.30 pm. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like to book a slot.


10.00 am          Welcome and introduction

Prof Fiona Lobban, Associate Director, RDS NW

10.10 am          An introduction to the RfPB programme and top tips for applying

Dr Christina Jones, RfPB panel member

10.30 am          The experience of a successful applicant to RfPB

Dr Peter Taylor, University of Manchester

10.50 am          Questions and answer session with the presenters

11.10 am          Break

11.20 am          How RDS can help you with your mental health research RfPB application

Dr Kenny Finlayson, Adviser, RDS NW

11.40 am          Importance of patient and public involvement in mental health research, including the RDS NW Public Involvement Fund and Public Involvement

Dr Hazel Morbey, Specialist Public Involvement Adviser, RDS NW

Chris Lodge, Service User Researcher, Lancaster University

12.00 noon     Questions and answer session with the presenters

12.20 pm          Summary and final questions

12.30 pm          End of session

Download a PDF of the programme here.


To attend this event, please register here.

Research, Innovation and Best Practice Webinar


Our webinar will include presentations from the Retention and Sustainability of Social Care Workforce (RESSCW) project on what drives staff retention in Adult Social Care, how does Adult Social Care compare to other low wage sectors, the employment and retention of personal assistants, and best practice to reduce turnover:


  •  Workforce retention in social care and other low-wage labour markets by John Forth (Bayes Business School, City University)


  • Determinants of staff turnover in Adult Social Care: an analysis from both worker and employer level perspective by Florin Vadean (PSSRU, University of Kent)


  • Sick leave and retention of Personal Assistants by Stephen Allan (PSSRU, University of Kent)


Date: Thursday 30 September 2021

Time: 12.30 – 13:00 (BST)

To book a place for the webinar please click here 

If you have any questions, please contact Grace Collins by clicking here

“This cross NIHR ARC event brings together practitioners from health and social care and all those interested in learning from the pandemic to support older people and staff living and working in care homes.

The webinar starts with a presentation of a completed study looking at visiting in care homes and how these findings can inform future practice. It then showcases three studies. One recently completed that compared the evidence on what needs to be in place for effective online consultations with the experience of health and social care staff during the pandemic, one with emerging findings and one, just starting.

The final session is a discussion between participants and speakers to share learning, support cross organisation working and enable researchers and practitioners to discuss what works for residents and staff.”

Research projects being discussed are:

  • Care home visits during the pandemic: The impact of testing and vaccination and the effects on all involved – Clarissa Giebel, University of Liverpool. NIHR ARC North West Coast
  • Videoconferencing and online technology for communication between care homes and health and social care practitioners – Krystal Warmoth, University of Hertfordshire. NIHR ARC East of England 
  • Identifying approaches, barriers and facilitators to visiting in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic – Claire Surr, Leeds Beckett University. NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber
  • Visit-id: a study of care home visiting arrangements during Covid-19 – Josie Dixon- London School of Economics and Political Science. NIHR ARC North Thames

To register click on Eventbrite