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“About this event

The main aims of the project were to:

  • identify the particular characteristics of adult social care staff compared with workers in other low-wage service sectors;
  • examine what drives the retention of staff employed in care homes and domiciliary care as well as care workers employed directly by persons using social care services (or so-called Personal Assistants);
  • identify what drives some staff to leave the social care sector, as compared to switching jobs to other social care employers; and
  • assess what impact the COVID-19 pandemic had on social care workforce wellbeing and retention.

By examining the literature, existing data sources and collecting new information from social care workers and providers (e.g. surveys), the project findings fill an important evidence gap around staff stability and wellbeing in the adult social care sector in England.

Outline of the event:

  • Welcome and introductions (5 mins)
  • Short presentations from the study team on main messages from the different parts of the study and implications for policy and practice (35 mins)
  • Q&A and general discussion (20 mins)

Research team: Dr Florin Vadean (University of Kent; Co-PI), Prof Shereen Hussein (London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine; Co-PI), Dr Stephen Allan (University of Kent; Co-I), Prof Alex Bryson (University College London; Co-I), Grace Collins (University of Kent; RA), John Forth (City University London; Co-I), Dr Katerina Gousia (University of Kent; Co-I), Dr Catherine Marchand (University of Kent; RA), Dr Daniel Roland (University of Kent; RA), Dr Eirini Saloniki (University College London; Co-I), Hansel Teo (University of Kent; RA), Ann-Marie Towers (University of Kent; Co-I), Dr Agnes Turnpenny (University of Kent; Co-I)”

Date: Tuesday 17th May

Time: 13:00 – 14:00

To register for this event click here

For more information go to the Project website

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


Policy priorities for high-quality care in care homes: what does the evidence suggest?

Presentation 1 | Josie Dixon, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science

Title: Care home managers’ experiences of Government guidance, local governance and sources of support for developing and implementing visiting policies: evidence from the Visit-id Study

Presentation 2 | Katherine Sleeman, NIHR ARC South London, Cicely Saunders Institute, Kings College London

Title: How did care homes respond to the increased need for palliative and end-of-life care during the COVID-19 pandemic? Evidence from the CovPall Care Homes study and recommendations for policy

Presentation 3 | Claire Goodman, NIHR ARC East of England, University of Hertfordshire

Title: Who defines care home residents’ quality of life and how is it measured? Findings from the DACHA study to inform the development of a minimum data set for care homes

Online webinar date: 4th May 12:30 – 2:30

Click here to register for this webinar on eventbrite

“How can we support innovation and tackle implementation challenges in the social care sector?

Join the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) North Thames on 31st March at 12pm – 2pm to explore and discuss insights into the barriers of implementing evidence and how innovation in social care can be supported by research and collaboration.

This free, online event will feature three presentations from leading researchers and practitioners in social care –  Professor Jon Glasby, Dr Juliette Malley and Dr Lisa Trigg and chaired by Professor Annette Boaz – and will be followed by a 30 minute panel discussion and a chance to ask questions.

The webinar is open to all, including people working in health and social care, research, public health, and anyone with an interest in innovation and implementation across the social care sector.”

Date and time: Thursday 31st March at 12:00 -14:00

To book your place click here 

This is part of the ARC North Thames Academy’s Innovation and Implementation webinar series, which aims to share learning and practice, interdisciplinary approaches, opportunities and challenges, and stimulate thought-provoking discussions around the implementation of health innovations in diverse settings.”

“Margaret Butterworth Care Home Forum is a forum for discussion and learning focused on dementia care in communal settings such as nursing homes, care homes and extra care housing. There will be 3 webinars over the course of 2022. The first webinar on 23 March 2022, from 2.00-4.00 will focus on the theme ‘Visiting in care homes during Covid-19’.

Two speakers will discuss this topic:

Josie Dixon, Assistant Professorial Research Fellow, Care Policy and Evaluation Centre, London School of Economics and Political Science, will discuss the study Visit-id: a study of care home visiting arrangements during Covid-19

Dr Kathleen Lane, PI of UCAIRE study, University of East Anglia, will talk about the study titled “We can’t visit and see what’s going on for her… it’s like having paper-bags over our heads”: experiences of infection-control measures on family and friends of care-home residents during Covid-19

We will have plenty of time for questions and discussions. Once you have registered on Eventbrite, you will receive the Zoom-link a few days before the webinar.”


To register click here


Research, Innovation and Best Practice Webinar


Our webinar will include presentations from the Retention and Sustainability of Social Care Workforce (RESSCW) project on what drives staff retention in Adult Social Care, how does Adult Social Care compare to other low wage sectors, the employment and retention of personal assistants, and best practice to reduce turnover:


  •  Workforce retention in social care and other low-wage labour markets by John Forth (Bayes Business School, City University)


  • Determinants of staff turnover in Adult Social Care: an analysis from both worker and employer level perspective by Florin Vadean (PSSRU, University of Kent)


  • Sick leave and retention of Personal Assistants by Stephen Allan (PSSRU, University of Kent)


Date: Thursday 30 September 2021

Time: 12.30 – 13:00 (BST)

To book a place for the webinar please click here 

If you have any questions, please contact Grace Collins by clicking here

“This cross NIHR ARC event brings together practitioners from health and social care and all those interested in learning from the pandemic to support older people and staff living and working in care homes.

The webinar starts with a presentation of a completed study looking at visiting in care homes and how these findings can inform future practice. It then showcases three studies. One recently completed that compared the evidence on what needs to be in place for effective online consultations with the experience of health and social care staff during the pandemic, one with emerging findings and one, just starting.

The final session is a discussion between participants and speakers to share learning, support cross organisation working and enable researchers and practitioners to discuss what works for residents and staff.”

Research projects being discussed are:

  • Care home visits during the pandemic: The impact of testing and vaccination and the effects on all involved – Clarissa Giebel, University of Liverpool. NIHR ARC North West Coast
  • Videoconferencing and online technology for communication between care homes and health and social care practitioners – Krystal Warmoth, University of Hertfordshire. NIHR ARC East of England 
  • Identifying approaches, barriers and facilitators to visiting in care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic – Claire Surr, Leeds Beckett University. NIHR ARC Yorkshire and Humber
  • Visit-id: a study of care home visiting arrangements during Covid-19 – Josie Dixon- London School of Economics and Political Science. NIHR ARC North Thames

To register click on Eventbrite

This webinar is part of the ‘Activating Research’ series by NIHR ARC North Thames Academy. 

It is intended as an introduction to disseminating your research findings and implementing them into practice.

Three short presentations will cover different routes for disseminating your findings, the different topics of applied research (clinical, public health, social care), how to showcase your work, and how to include patients and research participants in writing up and sharing research. These webinars are aimed at health and care professionals in frontline services, local government and public health who want to advance in their research journey.

Find out more and register here

“Engaging in research is vital in addressing questions that arise in health and social care, producing new evidence and research to improve patient care. This is the third webinar in the Activating Research series, presented by NIHR ARC North Thames Academy, which are inspired by our Becoming Research Active in-person workshop.

This webinar is intended as an introduction to research planning and the support available. Our invited speakers will give three short presentations followed by a Q&A session:

Dr Jessica Sheringham will provide an overview of the NIHR ARC North Thames and the role of the Research Partnership Team (RPT) in the collaboration in designing responsive applied research.

Dr Peter Lovell will explain the assistance available to researchers from the NIHR Research Design Service (RDS) London through the various stages of research design and funding applications

Adeeba Asghar and Robert Pleass of the NIHR Clinical Research Network (CRN) North Thames will discuss the support available for delivering studies with the CRN in the North Thames region and the workplace development opportunities available.”

Thursday 20 May 2021, 11am-12pm

To register click here

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