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Join Liverpool Dementia & Ageing Research Forum at their next virtual event on Wednesday 14th July, 1-2 pm.  You will hear from Dr Bram de Boer from Maastricht University about the experiences surrounding visitation in care homes during the pandemic, and the implementation of early guidance on safe visiting. He will share learnings and how these could be applied to the UK, and there will be plenty of opportunity to ask questions and discuss the topic with him.

Please register here and feel free to share, everyone is welcome


“The research programme is organised into two streams, biomedical research and care, implementation and public health research that cover the full scope of dementia research.

·         Clinical training partnerships

·         Project grants

·         Clinician and healthcare professional fellowships

·         Research fellowships

·         Senior fellowships

·         PhD studentships

The closing date is 16 September 2021.”

For more details please see:

“Professor Shareen Hussein is leading a study to develop a measurement scale focussed on work-related quality of life for people working in social care – ‘Developing a scale of work-related quality of life for adult social care staff: Phase One’. The work is funded by the NIHR Research for Patient Benefit programme.

The research team would like to invite you to participate in the final stage of this work, by completing a consensus survey on domains of work-related quality of life for social care workers. The survey should take around 15 to 20 minutes to complete and there is an option to enter a prize draw, with three prizes of £50 in high street vouchers.

The survey has been designed through earlier stages of work; specifically, reviewing current evidence, and carrying out interviews/focus group discussions with social care and policy experts, care workers and care providers.

The information that will be collected is not about your own experiences, instead the aim is to seek your views on key areas that might affect care workers’ wellbeing. The results will inform the development of a measure of work-related quality of life for care workers, and will open up debate about working conditions and strategies for improving wellbeing at work in the adult social care sector in England.”

If you would like to take part in the survey, please click here.

“This is a UK-wide online survey of frontline workers in adult social care.  The researchers are interested to find out how the COVID-19 pandemic affected people’s experience of working in adult social care. It covers topics such as job satisfaction, well-being, and support received during the pandemic. All responses are anonymous.

The survey is part of the Retention and Sustainability of Social Care Workforce (RESSCW) project, funded by the Health Foundation’s Efficiency Research Programme. RESSCW is a collaboration between the University of Kent, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, University College London, City University of London, and Skills for Care. It aims to understand the specific organisational and individual drivers of staff retention and wellbeing as well as the impact of Covid-19 on the social care sector.

The Health Foundation is an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK. 

The closing date for stage 1 of the survey (stage 2 is later in the year) is the 25th June. We are aware this is a very short timeframe but we would like a final drive to recruit more workers from the care home sector to our study.

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The workshop aims to:
  • Raise awareness of the support and funding available for social care research through the NIHR
  • Share learning from successful collaborations and partnerships
  • Offer an opportunity to network with people with shared interests, with a view to collaborating and building capacity in London and the South East.

Who should attend

  • Researchers with an interest in social care or the interface between health and social care
  • Social care practitioners
  • Health professionals working in social care settings or with social care users
  • Social care users and their informal carers
  • Commissioners and providers of care.
You can find more information and booking details at our Eventbrite listing.  Although the event is targeted at London and the South East, people are free to attend from anywhere in England.

National Institute for Health Research’s Research Design Service North West

Your First Research Grant: Developing funding proposals in applied health and social care – online event

16 June 2021, 9.30 am to 12.30 pm


About the event

NIHR Research Design Service North West (RDS NW) is offering this online event for health and social care professionals and researchers who want to develop and submit their first research grant to a National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) funding programme, or other national, open-call, peer reviewed funding sources.


The event will include a presentation from a successful first-grant applicant, an overview of RDS support, and guidance on fundamental aspects of the design of a funding proposal including Public Involvement.


Who should attend

This event is open to UK-based healthcare professionals, social care and public health practitioners, and health and social care researchers who are intending to apply to any NIHR or other open, competitive, peer reviewed funding programme.


Informal drop-in sessions*

If you would like an initial informal chat with an RDS adviser we are offering drop-in sessions after the event, from 1.30pm. Please indicate on the registration form whether you would like a slot, and we will contact you to arrange a time.


*Please note the drop-in sessions are only available for North West-based attendees. You can find contact information for your local RDS here.”


For more information and/or to register for this event click here 

 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


“Applicants will need to make a strong case to the School for the proposed plan for their career development with a clear commitment to establishing a long-term career in adult social care research, including the organisational support they will receive, any training they will undertake as part of their workplan, and how this package will help them take the next steps in their research career or develop their research capacity.

The School will consider awards of up to 32 months in duration. Awards must finish no later than 28 February 2024.

Funding is available for awards of up to £50,000 per applicant.

Applications received by 16.30 on Wednesday 2 June 2021 will be considered by the Capacity-Building Management Team of NIHR SSCR Executive Group.

Applicants are asked to submit an Expression of Interest by 16.30 on Wednesday 12 May 2021.”

AGENET is an annual event held at University of Hertfordshire, bringing together health and social care professionals, older people and carers, voluntary sector and researchers interested in ageing and health,   This year, it will focus on how COVID-19 has affected care homes and their residents.  This event is for anyone that has an interest in the impact COVID-19 has had on care homes, and will be an opportunity to reflect on the challenges care homes have faced, innovative ways they have adapted, and lessons for the future.

We are delighted to welcome guest speaker Professor Adam Gordon from University of Nottingham, who will discuss how he has engaged with care home staff during the pandemic and newly funded studies focused on prevention of COVID-19 outbreaks in care homes.

Dr Melanie Handley from CRIPACC will also present work on “Top Tips for Tricky Times”

The event will be held virtually (via Zoom) on Thursday 18th March, 1.30pm to 3pm. 

Tickets are available now via Eventbrite


“Many older people in care homes report feeling lonely and socially isolated. Loneliness can have a negative impact on health outcomes and can lead to depression and increased confusion and memory loss (cognitive decline).

The internet, and video technologies such as Skype, FaceTime, or Zoom, can connect people to loved ones, or allow new social ties. But older people in care homes may be unfamiliar with the technology.

Many care homes run quizzes as a form of entertainment and mental stimulation. This research looked at virtual quizzes involving several care homes to improve socialisation. It explored whether the quizzes were feasible and beneficial.

This NIHR study is the first study to trial connecting care homes virtually via quiz sessions. Interviews revealed that residents felt more connected with each other, and with other care homes. They re-gained a sense of self and purpose and felt less lonely. Care home staff were eager to continue with the sessions, but they outlined barriers such as lack of staff support or time.

Unlike previous research into virtual socialising, this study included residents with dementia. It found that they benefited and remembered faces and conversations.

Four themes emerged from interviews with staff and residents:

  1. Residents with moderate-advanced dementia remembered faces and conversations but could not recall having seen the technology before. They expressed happiness when remembering conversations with people ‘outside’ of their care home, and answering questions in a ‘game’. They could recall details such as the gender or clothing of people who had spoken.
  2. Residents felt more connected with others. Within the same care home, residents learnt more about each other’s backgrounds and interests, and spoke fondly about their ‘teammates’. Across care homes, residents enjoyed comparing features of their environments.
  3. Residents re-gained a sense of self by sharing their stories and remembering their pasts with people of a similar age. One resident said the sessions were encouraging her to regain an interest in technology, but two expressed some insecurities, worrying that others may not like their image, and that ‘just anyone’ could see. However, the residents acknowledged that everyone on the calls had been friendly, and that they could move away from the screen if they wished.
  4. The virtual quizzes provided relief from loneliness or boredom. Most residents said the video calls helped them to ‘pass the time’ and gave them ‘something to do’. Residents said the quizzes encouraged them to get to know others within the same home more than passive activities, such as watching TV. Across care homes, residents were surprised that there were so many people with similar interests or professions, or who had grown up in the same area as they had.

Staff were keen to run virtual quizzes following the end of the study but said a lack of available staff and support could be a barrier. They saw positive effects on residents and enjoyed the competitive nature of the quiz themselves. They liked being able to get to know staff from other homes, and felt that the quizzes could help care homes connect with each other.”

For more information this study click here