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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


Care Home Research: Progress, Pitfalls and Potential

Speaker: Professor Adam Gordon

Date/Time: Tuesday 2nd February, 10:00 – 11:00am

“Adam is Professor of Care of Older People at the University of Nottingham, a Consultant Geriatrician at the Royal Derby Hospital and President Elect of the British Geriatrics Society.  He has been doing research with care homes for over a decade and has played an active role in writing guidelines for, providing support to, and conducting research with the care home sector during the pandemic.  This has included work on peer-support for care home managers during the pandemic, point-of-care testing in care homes, and work to develop and lead a national RCT platform for COVID prophylaxis in care homes.

This webinar is jointly organised by PenARC , as the inaugural event in its Executive Group Communications Seminar Series, and the University of Exeter and Care Homes Knowledge Collaboration (ExCHANGE), and will be of interest to all researchers who have an interest in working with care homes, as well as care home providers, staff, and other professionals working alongside care homes.

The seminar proper will be followed by an optional half-hour networking session, 11:00 – 11:30, for those working in and around care homes and care homes research in the South West.”

To book you place on this seminar click here

This talk will be recorded and the recording shared publicly via the PenARC website.

The NIHR Research Design Service East Midlands are hosting a webinar for Research for Social Care (RfSC).

 “This event supports competition 3 of the annual RfSC call, which launched at the end of September. This is a great opportunity to hear directly from the programme team about what they are looking for in applications and to ask questions to the panel. There is also the opportunity to book a 20 minute slot to discuss your application with our RDSEM team, members of the RfSC team and public contributors.

RDSEM NIHR Research for Social Care Webinar

Date28 October
Time: 1pm-3pm
Venue: Online
Booking: Event is free, please book yourself a slot


  • Overview of the Research for Social Care funding call and key priorities – Sue Ziebland (Director of RfPB and RfSC)
  • Reflections from a previous RfSC applicant – Tony Kay (Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
  • Where next and how the RDS can help – Martin Williams (Director of RDS East Midlands and Director of RDS National Office)
  • How can the CRN help with your RfSC application –  Kate Gilmour and Harriet Savage (CRN East Midlands)

This event is being run in the East Midlands but is open to interested researchers across the country.”

Webinar 13: Focus on care homes

The webinar takes place on Tuesday 13th October from 1.00 – 2.00pm and includes two presentations focusing on care homes:

Investigating “optimal time”: Multiple perspectives on the timing of moving into care homes for people living with dementia

Kritika Samsi (King’s College London)

Regulator quality ratings and care home residents quality of life

Ann-Marie Towers (University of Kent)

Time for questions and discussions

NIHR SSCR’s Webinars are free to attend with pre-registration.

To register click here 

The Digital Primary Care Team at NHSX are delivering a series of webinars.  The webinars will detail the variety of digital and transformational programmes being rolled out across the NHS during COVID-19 and beyond.

The webinar will be delivered by Alison Taylor RN – Digital Transformation Manager and Dr Matt Houghton – GP and Digital Clinical Champion.  It will look at digital transformation work going on in care homes including: Proxy Access in care homes and virtual check-ins with care homes. This webinar will also provide details of where care homes can get support with digital projects.

The webinar takes place on the 10th June 2020 from 5.00pm – 6.00pm for more details about registering for this event click here


NIHR SSCR Webinar includes talks focusing on loneliness.

NIHR SSCR’s Webinar Series showcases the School’s commissioned research. This webinar includes two presentations focusing on loneliness.

The first presentation will be delivered by Mark Wilberforce (University of York) – the presentation will focus on Isolation and loneliness in people with sight loss in care homes (the INSIgHT project)

The second presentation will be delivered by Paul Willis (University of Bristol) – the presentation will focus on Older men at the margins: a study of older mens’ experiences of seeking social engagement and combating loneliness in later life

NIHR SSCR’s Webinars are free to attend with pre-registration.  The webinar will take place on the 9th June 2020 1.00pm – 2.00pm. Click here to register on Eventbright