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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.

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 25 June. This is a very short timeframe but the team would like a final drive to recruit more workers from the care home sector to their 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.”