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What encourages care workers to continue working in intellectual disability services in England? Interview findings 
18 June 2019 

Deriving from our Longitudinal Care Work Study and based on two rounds of interviews with social care managers and staff between 2009 and 2014, this new article by Martin Stevens and colleagues focuses on retention. ‘The study uses social exchange theory, particularly the idea of ‘reciprocity’ and the mechanism of ‘hope’, as a conceptual framework to aid interpretation of the themes relating to retention identified in the interview analysis: ‘pay’, ‘support’, ‘morale’, and ‘training’ (related to reciprocity) and ‘improving quality of life’ and ‘supporting personal development’ (related to hope). Both groups of themes are identified as being particularly appropriate to intellectual disability services. The study concludes that reciprocity and hope seem to interact in factors related to staff retention, although the study suggests that reciprocity rather than hope is directly connected with retention.’—from the abstract.

Ian Kessler on Assistant Practitioners 
12 June 2019 

HSCWRU Deputy Director, Ian Kessler, discussed the new assistant practitioner role in acute healthcare settings this afternoon in an open seminar, which attracted 11 people. Presentation.

Realist reviews 
11 June 2019 

Ruth Abrams of UCL visited King’s this week to introduce realist reviews to an audience of twelve, drawn from the Unit and beyond. Ruth described the methodology, developed by Bhaskar and Pawson among others, as taking elements from both positivism and constructivism.

Gutter Frame Challenge nominated for impact award 
11 June 2019 

HSCWRU’s homeless hospital discharge study has been shortlisted for an impact award by the NIHR Clinical Research Network for South London. Dr Michelle Cornes (Chief Investigator), Lizzie Biswell (Research Nurse) and Jo Coombes (Expert by Experience) will pitch the impact of their work to 175 attendees at the CRN's Annual Research Meeting on 13 June 2019. The winning pitch will be chosen on the day by popular vote and £3,000 will be awarded to fund the production of the video. The HSCWRU Team will present a story board for the ‘Gutter Frame Challenge’. This tells the story of one woman’s experience of being discharged from hospital to the street. The film will evidence the role of Homeless Hospital Discharge Teams and Intermediate Care in promoting safe, timely transfers of care. 

At Age UK London 
10 June 2019 

Unit researchers Jill Manthorpe and Jess Harris were invited to speak about research links with Age UK London’s chairs and staff today. The meeting was attended by Age UK London groups across the city, many of whom have been involved in Unit conferences, seminars and consultations. Next year’s joint HSCWRU/Age UK London conference will be in March; throughout 2019 the Unit’s seminar series on the older people’s workforce continues.

Health promotion for mild frailty based on behaviour change: Perceptions of older people and service providers 
8 June 2019 

In Health and Social Care in the Community, Jill Manthorpe co-authors a paper reporting findings from a qualitative study that show that goal setting was perceived as a positive experience by the majority of mildly frail older people receiving a health promotion service based on behaviour change. 

Engaging ‘hard to reach’ groups in health promotion: the views of older people and professionals from a qualitative study in England 
8 June 2019 

New in BMC Public Health, Jill Manthorpe co-authors a paper, reporting a study that ‘aimed to explore what influences [hard to reach groups] practicing health promotion and elicit the views of cross-sector professionals with experiences of working with “hard to reach” older people, to help inform best practice on engagement.’—from the abstract. 

At the Social Work History Network 
6 June 2019 

Ray Jones discussed privatisation in children’s services at the Network today. Around 25 people attended. The Bulletin of the SWHN is due out this month. 

Hong Kong Sau Po Centre on Ageing - 20th anniversary 
6 June 2019 

Prof Jill Manthorpe was invited to speak at the Sau Po Centre on Ageing as part of its celebrations marking 20 years since the Centre was founded at Hong Kong University. Jill joined speakers from the US, Japan and Singapore in addressing policy and practice questions in supporting carers of older people applicable to health and care workforces and public policy. The Symposium was attended by over 200 delegates and video streamed to a larger audience who also wanted to hear the speakers.

Making impact 
5 June 2019 

Jill Manthorpe was invited to present a seminar today at Hong Kong University on research impact to a group of 20 attendees from higher education and funders. The seminar offered reflections on the research quality and impact process from the UK perspective in the context of Hong Kong's own adoption of a similar system of research assessment. Jill presented messages distilled from the UK previous experiences and offered some suggestions about possible developments. 

At Margaret Butterworth 
5 June 2019 

Our care home forum addressed the question of suicidal ideation in care homes, and also mouth care. Around 30 people attended. All the presentations are available on our site.

Research Methods Seminar on Caregiving 
3 June 2019 

Today Jill Manthorpe led a seminar at the Sau Po Centre on Ageing in Hong Kong for researchers and doctoral students on recent methodological developments in carer research, drawing on Unit studies. Discussion ranged from risk of sampling from easily accessed carers to making sure national data are used. As with the UK, family and friend caregiving is a topic of great interest in Hong Kong, although the situation in Hong Kong differs with the employment of many domestic helpers and a greater use of residential care facilities, as well as housing pressures and different financial incentives and disincentives.

Full-time MPhil/PhD studentship
3 June 2019 

King's College London is recruiting for one full-time MPhil/PhD studentship, with a start date of October 2019. The studentship is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) School for Social Care Research (SSCR) and supported by the NIHR Academy. More details. Closing date: 28 June 2019.

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