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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Wellbeing Teams: a new model of care at home
Helen Sanderson (Helen Sanderson Associates)

Wellbeing Teams have been recognised by CQC as a new model of care. They are small, self-managed neighbourhood teams, inspired by Buurtzorg. Their purpose is to do whatever it takes to support people to live well at home and be part of their community. Each team includes a Community Circle Connector, to bring together friends, family and neighbours with paid support.

Medication safety and carers at home
Dr Anam Parand (London School of Economics)

Medications are mostly taken in patients’ own homes, increasingly administered by carers, yet studies of medication safety have been largely conducted in the hospital setting. We aimed to shine a light on the role of carers at home and how they cause and prevent medication administration errors. We also identified interventions to help carers administer medication correctly.

Wednesday 6 September 2017

Training and support interventions for paid home care workers: latest evidence
 Dr Penny Rapaport and Dr Claudia Cooper (University College London)

Claudia Cooper and Penny Rapaport will present their work to develop a training and support intervention for paid home care workers. Claudia will discuss findings from their recent evidence synthesis in this area. Penny will review the evidence base for effective implementation of interventions in care homes, and their current experiences of doing this in the MARQUE study. Finally, plans to build on this work to develop an intervention for home care workers will be discussed.

“Working to the end”: Experiences of the home care workforce providing end of life care
Dr Kritika Samsi (SCWRU, King’s College London)

The study investigated the experiences of home care workers and managers supporting people with dementia to live in their own homes up to the end of life. The presentation will specifically elaborate on the theme of “perceptions of a client’s death”, which includes home care workers’ experiences of the death, the relevance of ‘emotional labour’ in their actions and reactions, and the support available to them.

Wednesday 17 May 2017

Leading and managing home care teams
Tom Owens and Frederique Lamontagne-Godwin (City University London)
The research was funded by Skills for Care and set out to identify perceived best practice on leading and managing home care teams. This was achieved through three stages: 1) a scoping literature review, 2) interviews with stakeholders, and 3) development of case studies involving providers with a good track record in this area. The presentation will discuss key findings and challenges for home care managers.   

Experiences of home care services for people with dementia requiring intimate care
Dr Laura Cole (SCWRU, King’s College London)

The study investigated the experiences of people with dementia and their cohabiting family carer regarding intimate care. The presentation will briefly describe this longitudinal qualitative study, and discuss the impact that health and social care services had on the provision of home care and the family carers’ ability to care at home.

Wednesday 15 February 2017

The human dimensions of homecare following a stroke: experiences of older family carers from diverse ethnic groups
Dr Nan Greenwood (St George’s, University of London)

After a stroke, many people need support in their own homes both from their families and from care workers. We interviewed 50 family carers from five different ethnic groups to learn about their experiences of homecare. Our findings suggested that Black and Minority Ethnic and White British groups share many experiences of homecare although language and cultural difference may exacerbate common pressures and stresses. The framework for humanising care is a useful framework for evaluating aspects of homecare that are responsive to dignity and diversity.

Occupational Therapy in Homecare Re-ablement Services (OTHERS)
Dr Phillip Whitehead, University of Nottingham

Homecare re-ablement services have been widely implemented by local authorities in England, although there are widespread variations in relation to occupational therapy (OT) input into them. The OTHERS study comprised three strands: a systematic review, qualitative interview study, and feasibility randomised controlled trial (RCT). The RCT compared an OT intervention with a routine care control. This presentation will focus on the results of the feasibility RCT and discuss some of the challenges of conducting an RCT in a social care setting.

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