The Carers in Adult Social Care (CASC) study: End-of-project report22 January 2021
Jill Manthorpe and Jo Moriarty are co-authors of this report published today. The study was led by the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (PI: Dr Jose-Luis Fernandez) and funded by the NIHR Policy Research Programme. Report: ‘Supporting carers following the implementation of the Care Act 2014: eligibility, support and prevention’.
Ethnicity and dementia – Jo Moriarty providing CPD training 20 January 2021
Jo Moriarty led a workshop on ethnicity and dementia for over 80 delegates as part of the Making Research Count seminar series. Jo said, 'Making Research Count is an excellent way for partner organisations, practitioners and researchers to discuss ways of sharing knowledge and improving practice. The evidence base on this topic is expanding but practitioners still face challenges in delivering care that is truly personalised and takes account of the increasingly diverse ethnic backgrounds of people with dementia.'
Kritika Samsi leading new study20 January 2021
Kritika Samsi, Research Fellow at the Unit, leads a new study focusing on the experience of housekeeping and catering staff at care homes during the pandemic. Also on the project: Caroline Norrie, Stephen Martineau, Jill Manthorpe and Ian Kessler. Dr Samsi and Caroline Norrie introduce the study, which is funded by the NIHR Policy Research Programme, on our blog. Study project page.
New academic report underlines challenges and opportunities confronting the UK now it has left the EU 19 January 2021
Unit Director, Prof Jill Manthorpe, is among a group of the country’s leading social scientists giving their views on the impact of Brexit in their respective fields. Discussing social care, Prof Manthorpe addresses the questions: Where have we come from? (there have been 17 social care funding reform white and green papers, and official reviews since the millennium); Where are we now? (Jill focuses on workforce and immigration); Where are we heading? (addressing the funding question). The report is published by our colleagues at King’s, The UK in a Changing Europe, and is freely available.
Care homes: averting market failure in a post-covid-19 world18 January 2021
In an editorial for the British Medical Journal, Jill Manthorpe and Steve Iliffe highlight the challenges facing the care home sector. Recent estimates suggest that by 2025 an additional 71,000 care home places could be needed, but the number of places has been declining over the last decade. Touching on the array of possible solutions, the authors note the promise in the recent government spending review to make proposals in the course of this year, concluding: ‘Ironically, it may be covid-19 that makes the difference, since it will become increasingly evident that without reform and direction, care quality will continue to deteriorate. Care homes are in the news, and the government should not postpone rational changes to the funding of long term care.’
New in the Journal of the International Society for Telemedicine and E-health 18 January 2021
John Woolham and Nicole Steils are co-authors of a paper published at the end of 2020 by Professor Malcolm Fisk focusing on future challenges for telecare staff in ensuring their knowledge and skill sets equip them to work in digital health contexts.
John Woolham on research ethics 15 January 2021
John Woolham took part in an NIHR consultation exercise on social care research governance and ethics to establish what further guidance or action may be necessary to establish clear, consistent research ethics and governance processes.
Supervision, decision-making and the Care Act 2014 7 January 2021
Community Care, today, covers the publication of the results of a project led by Angela Jenkinson. The study findings were published by the NIHR School for Social Care Research in late 2020. Amongst others, Angela worked with Prof Jill Manthorpe on the study, which assessed knowledge of the Care Act 2014 among social workers and the impact of supervision. Report at NIHR SSCR | Community Care piece (by Mithran Samuel) | Associated practice note.
Access to support for young carers - new study 6 January 2021
Jo Moriarty attended the first meeting of the Reducing Barriers and Improving Access to Support for Young Carers (REBIAS-YC) study. This is a collaborative project between the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), the NIHR Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit, and Sheffield Young Carers. Jo said, 'This is a very timely project aimed at providing better support to young carers'. The project lasts two years and has been funded under the NIHR Support Interventions for Carers call. The lead researcher is Nic Brimblecombe.
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