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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 Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is accepting stage one applications to this funding opportunity.

The Health and Social Care Delivery Research (HSDR) Programme is calling for research to evaluate the effectiveness, implementation, and impact of social care needs assessment in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland. The Programme wants to fund research which will support improvements in timely, appropriate, holistic, and transparent social care needs assessments, which in turn will lead to improved support for those needing social care services. The programme is therefore, interested in receiving applications for cross-UK studies including natural experiments, aiming to produce generalisable and actionable findings. The main aim of this call is to deliver an evaluation of implementation, variation of practice and experiences of social care needs assessments.”

The call closes: 13:00 on 19 July 2022

If you would like more details click here

This guidance is based on regularly reviewed clinical advice.

This guidance covers:

  • visits that should happen in all circumstances
  • safe visiting practices
  • when different visiting arrangements are needed
  • sources of information and support

Click here for full details

The LTCcovid International Living report is a “wiki-style” report addressing 68 questions on characteristics of Long-Term Care (LTC) systems, impacts of COVID-19 on LTC, measures adopted to mitigate these impacts and new reforms countries are adopting to address structural problems in LTC systems and to improved preparedness for future events. It is compiled and updated voluntarily by experts on LTC all over the world. Members of the Social Care COVID-19 Resilience and Recovery project are moderating the entries and editing as needed.

The report can be read by question/topic (below) or by country: COVID-19 and Long-Term Care country profiles.

For more details please click here

“The Royal Mint Museum is helping care homes across the UK to stimulate conversation and fun among residents with their ‘Museum in a Box’ project.

The interactive sessions are centred around a free-to-loan electronic box which includes objects relating decimalisation. Each object is fitted with a special micro-chip which, when placed on the box, play audio clips to foster memories and conversations with others about times gone by.

New for winter 2021, the scheme, which has already reached more than 500 care homes, has been further boosted by the donation addition of 50 Toughbooks donated by Panasonic.

The Toughbooks enable video and additional visual and audio content such as quizzes and fact sheets designed to promote reminiscence.

Project Coordinator Bethan James, from the Royal Mint Museum says: 

“The reminiscence sessions are a fun and stimulating activity, giving care home residents the opportunity to talk about their memories of times gone by. Thanks to Panasonic Business, we can now add another dimension to the project helping more people to be able to engage with the objects and the session. We’re very grateful to Panasonic for their support with this project. Their generosity has ensured that as many more positive experiences continue to be enjoyed.”

Kevin Jones, Director of Operations at Panasonic, added: “What an amazing initiative to be involved with! The Panasonic team are delighted to be able to donate Toughbooks to support these sessions and have thoroughly enjoyed being part of the project.”

Each care home will receive a box for two weeks, and they are thoroughly cleaned and disinfected between uses. To register for a ‘Museum in a Box’ please contact: or visit

The Royal Mint Museum is a registered charity, and an accredited museum, which is based on The Royal Mint site in Llantrisant, South Wales. Established in 1816, The Museum has one of the finest collections of coins and related numismatic material in the world. A range of videos and education materials relating to the Platinum Jubilee is available at:

This session will be a great opportunity for you to hear about carrying out research in social care, and more specifically about the NIHR RfSC dementia funding call and RfSC dementia portfolio. You will also hear from:
  • The Alzheimer’s Society about research priorities
  • A previously-successful RfSC applicant about their experience
  • The Research Design Service (RDS) about how we can support you.
After the talks, there will be breakout sessions where you will have an opportunity to ask further questions of RDS Advisers as well as network with other researchers.
Date and time

Friday, 27 August 2021


To register for this session click here

The main activities of the post-holder will be to support research in social care and integrated care whilst specifically contributing to a new project: Developing Research Resources and Minimum Data Set for Care Homes’ Adoption (the DACHA study)

The role is offered at Grade 8 on a fixed-term basis until September 2024 – Job-share/part-time would be considered

As a Research Fellow, you will:

  • develop a programme of independent externally funded research and consultancy activity
  • carry out high quality independent research and contribute fully to the Centre’s research strategy and future research assessment exercises
  • collaborate actively with other researchers in CHSS, local health and local government organisations, community groups and other academic institutions to complete research projects and advance thinking
  • support the national social care work of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (ARCKSS)
  • contribute to the Centre’s teaching in health and social care and research methods at post- and undergraduate levels and for health and social care professionals
  • lead a postgraduate module on integrated care within the University’s MSc in Health Management jointly delivered by the Business School and CHSS.

To succeed in this role you will have:

  • A PhD, or near to completion of a PhD (or equivalent experience) in a relevant subject
  • Experience of undertaking high-quality research in this or a related field
  • Experience of involvement and engagement of public/patients in research
  • Experience in adult social care research or relevant field as a postdoctoral researcher or equivalent
  • Knowledge of the workings and operation of the social care and health systems

This position represents an exciting opportunity for the successful applicant to join a leading applied health and social care research unit.

The Centre for Health Services Studies has a wide portfolio of research projects delivered through local, national and international collaborations. and is one of three specialist research units with an excellent track record in health and social care research. Staff are drawn from a range of social science and clinical disciplines and we have extensive collaborative research with our local health and social care communities. The Centre is also host to key NIHR-funded infrastructure, including the Research Design Services Service South East (with the Universities of Brighton and Surrey) and the Applied Research Collaboration Kent, Surrey and Sussex (with the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust). We also have strong links with the Clinical Research Network for Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

If you would like an informal chat or have any questions please contact


Join Liverpool Dementia & Ageing Research Forum at their next virtual event on Wednesday 14 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 Alzheimer’s Society is open to funding research across all areas of dementia.

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.