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COVID-19 and Personal Assistants – new report
14 September 2020 

John Woolham and colleagues examine the impact of COVID-19 on the Personal Assistant workforce in England in a report published by HSCWRU today. Based on interviews with members of this workforce, the report discusses possible policy options arising from the experience of the pandemic. Project page.

LARIA Webinar Series 2020
9 September 2020

The Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA) have just announced the programme for their 2020 webinar series, replacing the Annual Conference. Unit researchers, John Woolham and Martin Stevens, are the social care leads on the LARIA Council and have been involved in developing the webinar series, which starts on 5 October 2020. The series is free to attend for Full & Corporate LARIA Members. For Associate and non Members, please sign up to Full Membership for just £15.00 to access the full series and other membership benefits. For the full programme and to register your place, please visit the LARIA Webinar series website.

Dementia research – letter to science minister
7 September 2020

Researchers from universities across the UK, including Unit Director Jill Manthorpe, have written an open letter to the government warning that the future of dementia research is being put at risk. In the letter to science minister Amanda Solloway the researchers, backed by Alzheimer’s Society and Alzheimer’s Research UK, warn that the pandemic could lead to a “lost generation of researchers.” It says that UK medical research is set to lose £310 million in charity funding, resulting in a 41% decrease in their research spend in 2020/21. The letter’s signatories fear that the search for new dementia treatments and care interventions could be set back by several years. Urging the government to deliver on its manifesto commitment to double dementia research funding to £160 million a year, the letter states: “We are increasingly concerned about the impact this will have on our highly skilled early-career dementia researchers, who, without financial support, will be left with no option but to leave the dementia research field for more consistently funded research opportunities, or to leave academic research altogether. We are asking the government to continue its support for this growing field by delivering on its manifesto commitment to double the dementia research budget, which will unlock new funding to enable early-career researchers to remain in a field where so much progress is urgently needed.”

Unit submits evidence to parliamentary committee – COVID-19 and burnout in the workforce
3 September 2020

The House of Commons Health and Social Care Committee has issued a call for evidence on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on levels of burnout and resilience in the health and social care workforce. Members of the Unit drew together some key findings from a range of ongoing and completed studies in which it has been involved to highlight key messages and gaps in the evidence base. They hope the Unit submission will assist the Committee in its deliberations. Other Unit COVID-19 related contributions.

Unit webinar on children’s social care during COVID-19 
1 September 2020 

Mary Baginsky today led a webinar on children’s social care during the pandemic thus-far, drawing on the Unit’s report on the topic. Twenty-seven participants engaged with the findings of Dr Baginsky’s study, which involved examining arrangements that have been introduced in 15 English local authorities, the challenges that they were facing, as well as those that may come with the lifting of the lockdown. The event was part of the Unit’s invitation-only Social Work Seminar series.



























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