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“We are excited to announce the Applied Research Collaboration Care Home Network Event, taking place on Friday 10th March 2023, 10:00 – 16:00 at Friends House, London, NW1 2BJ.

Please see the attached programme for further details, and please click here to register for the event.

Jointly hosted by NIHR ARC Wessex and NIHR ARC East of England, the event aims:

• To maximise cross ARC knowledge exchange

• To share expertise and learning from working in and with care homes

• To identify priorities for future research, capacity building initiatives and implementation studies

• To review the growth of care home research and learning from participatory methods to reflect the needs of older people and priorities of social care

The day is organised in two parts to maximise attendance and promote care home research and partnerships with social care. You can choose to attend the morning session, afternoon session or both.

The morning focuses on building capacity in care home research, with plenary presentations and topic based discussion groups. Topics will be determined by attendees’ interests.

Lunch will be provided.

The afternoon focuses on Fifteen Years of Care Home Research; Achievements and Future Challenges and will be chaired by Julienne Meyer. It will involve a series of short presentations that reflect on how care home research and understanding have grown over the last 15 years, since the 2008 publication of Care Home Research and Development. The presentations will cross reference what has supported co-design and participatory approaches.”

Register here

“This is an exciting opportunity for someone with a keen interest in applied dementia care research to join the world leading Centre for Applied Dementia Studies  as the research assistant in the DYNAMIC project.

The position will be fixed-term, four days week, from 1/4/2023 – 30/09/2025.

The Centre, within the University of Bradford, is also a partner in the prestigious Wolfson Centre for Applied Health Research

Full details are available here

Closing date is 27/1/2023.”

Are you a member of care home staff or a person living in a care home?

Are you interested in taking part in research to continue to develop and improve care home practices, or show off the fantastic work you are already doing?

Then why not get in touch with ENRICH and get involved.  Ben – deputy manager at The White House Stockton on Tees did and he shares with us his experience in this short video. Click here to access video 



“The Health Technology Assessment Programme is accepting straight-to-stage 2 applications to their commissioned workstream, for this primary research topic.

In order to apply you will need to carefully review the:

Applications received by the advertised closing date will be considered at a single-stage funding committee meeting. For more information, please read the commissioning brief.

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study Steering Committee and it is important that you read the Research Governance Guidance before completing your application. Costs incurred by this committee should be included in the budget as appropriate.


The NIHR will be holding a webinar to discuss this call on 2 February 2023, 10.30 – 11.30am. The webinar will be followed by virtual clinics from 11.45am – 2pm. This will provide an opportunity for potential applicants to discuss their proposed research with the NIHR team and RDS colleagues. Applicants may register to attend just the webinar by emailing their name and institution to, however, if you would like to also join a clinic, please email in a 1 page PICO summary of your proposed project to before 20 January 2023.

As places are limited, we will then review the submissions and confirm whether you have a place. The intention is for the one-page summary to provide a basis for discussion at the clinic. Please note that there is no guarantee of funding by attending a clinic; the purpose of the clinics is to offer assistance, and advice to potential applicants.”

“Once upon a time, a conference presentation and publication in an academic journal were the extents of a researcher’s responsibility to share the results of their research. People assumed that those who could use the findings to make a difference would be actively looking for the latest information. They would know where to look, and when they came across the academic paper, they would have the time and knowledge to read and make sense of it.

We are increasingly recognising that most evidence users do not have the time and capacity to do this. Besides, research is often behind paywalls and inaccessible. In the words of Chris Whitty, the Chief Medical Officer for England, research is no use unless it gets to the people who can use it. As a research community, we need to do much more to communicate our research effectively.

Funders such as the UK’s NIHR are – unsurprisingly – placing increasing importance on effective dissemination. Creating open, fun, and accessible content is one approach.”

For access to the full blog click here 

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

CHAIN (standing for Contacts, Help, Advice & Information Network), sponsored by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR), is an online mutual support network for people working in health and social care. The Network originated more than 25 years ago in the NHS Research & Development programme and has since grown into a not-for profit international online community of about 16,300 people who are willing to share their knowledge and experience with each other. CHAIN is multi-professional and cross organisational, and is designed to connect likeminded health and social care practitioners, educators, researchers and managers.

Membership is entirely FREE and members of CHAIN get access to the network’s online directory, as well as receiving occasional CHAIN messages which are targeted specifically to their individual interests. We would be delighted if you would join CHAIN, and if you do, experience tells us that you will almost certainly find the network to be valuable, as you will gain access to over 16,300 people from all professions, specialties and organisations who share your own willingness to be generous with knowledge and experience in pursuit of improving health and social care.

For further Information on CHAIN, and an online joining form, go to  (Click on ‘Join’ for the membership form)

We very much hope you will take up this invitation to join our network.  In the meantime if you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us


“The consultation is part of Think Ethics, our work to put people and ethics at the heart of health and social care research.

We want to see:

• Fast, proportionate ethics review focused on key ethical issues in a consistent way

• Clear and concise study information designed with and for patients and study participants

• A rewarding experience for diverse, skilled and committed Research Ethics Committee (REC) members

• A streamlined and user-friendly service, attracting world-leading health research in the UK

We’ve been speaking to people working or involved in research to hear what they think works in the current service and what could work better, and now we want to broaden the conversation.

Based on what we’ve heard so far, we’ve developed some ideas on how we could rethink ethics review, and we want to know what you think. Our consultation runs until 23 September 2022.

There’s an online survey, and we’re also planning a series of workshops, so you can take part in a way that suits you.

Whether you are a member of the public, a current or former Research Ethics Committee member, staff involved in research review, a researcher, research organisation or you’ve taken part in a study, your opinion matters to us.”

For more information or to complete the survey click here

In the report you’ll find our learning about what works to support people with long term conditions to be active, what some of the barriers are, and how we went about collaborating to deliver greater impact. There are a number of different recommendations for anyone funding, developing, delivering, and evaluating physical activity behaviour change projects for people with long term conditions.

We’ve also developed a suite of Physical Activity and Long Term Conditions Resource Packs aimed at:

The packs include:

  1. four ways to make a difference and help people with long term health conditions be more active
  2. a summary of useful statistics and essential information about physical activity and long term health conditions including why it’s important to engage with this issue and how supporting people to be active can help organisations
  3. tailored resources and case studies that give examples of how to act upon the information in practice.

For more information on the report click here  

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