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Welcome to the Day Centre Research Forum


DCRF is a forum for discussion and learning focused on day centre settings for different groups of adults who would like to continue to live in the community. Our primary focus is on day centres for older people, and others with care and support needs, including those arising from dementia, complex disabilities or long-term conditions, end of life support needs, and homelessness.

The Forum provides an opportunity for researchers, people working in the field and others with an interest in the area to gather and discuss quality of provision and care, and to network with each other.

This forum is part of the work of the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South London: Social Care Theme. The Theme is being led by researchers at the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce, at King's.

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Forum meetings

Meetings are held twice yearly, on Thursday afternoons from 2 – 4pm. Meetings are structured around two talks by invited speakers, with time for discussion after each one. Meetings are free and open to all. Certificates of attendance are available on request.

Getting in touch

Mailing list: If you would like to be on the Forum mailing list to be kept up to date with details of forthcoming meetings, please contact Katharine Orellana:

Suggestions for speakers or topics to cover: We are keen to hear from people who would like to report the results of their project, service development or research. If you have a suggestion for a topic at a future meeting please contact Katharine Orellana:

It’s really enormously helpful to have this network. It can often feel as if we’re working in isolation within rehabilitative day services (despite our role being about helping those we work with to make connections!) and to be able to share experiences with those working in similar settings is hugely beneficial. This has never been more true than during the pandemic, when I think we’re all trying to work out solutions. Having a sense of doing so together is greatly valued.

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