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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


“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