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Getting our research priorities right 
10 January 2019 

Jill Manthorpe was invited to attend the James Lind Alliance Community Group meeting in London today; an event to consider the working and impact of the JLA research prioritisation exercises. Workforce researchers have not traditionally been involved in JLA activities but fundamental to many JLA-identified research uncertainties are implications for workforce systems, practices and roles. And, in the JLA process, frontline practitioners have a key role in identifying the question or uncertainties that matter to them and patients, service users and carers. So far, 79 JLA Priority Setting Partnerships (PSPs) have been completed involving the public and professionals. HSCWRU staff have been involved in the dementia PSP and inspired the Adult Social Work PSP that reported in late 2018. The current Optimal Timing study, funded by NIHR SSCR, is a direct response to one of the questions prioritised by the dementia PSP. 

Jo Moriarty meets with DHSC policy analysts 
9 January 2019 

Jo Moriarty met with policy analysts from the Department of Health and Social Care to discuss ethnic disparities in the use of, and experiences of social care. Drawing on research undertaken within the Unit and by other researchers, the meeting discussed the mix of factors that act as barriers and facilitators to using social care.

New Unit invited to provide evidence at House of Lords Select Committee
8 January 2019
HSCWRU Director, Jill Manthorpe, was invited to address the Economic Affairs Select Committee of the House of Lords today, as it took evidence on the care workforce.

Jill outlined findings from research studies such as Recruitment and Retention and other work as she responded to questions from the Committee on vacancy levels, professional registration, regional variations, local government finance and self-funding.

Research feedback to London care home staff
3 January 2019 
Katharine Orellana presented findings from a study about handovers today at a Relationship-Centred-Care (RCC) meeting at a care home in London today. The study is investigating handovers in care homes for older people – from the perspective of residents and relatives. 

This meeting was attended by a variety of care home staff including ward managers and those involved in therapies, activities, volunteering and some MDT colleagues. Research team member, Caroline Norrie also attended. Both Katharine and Caroline enjoyed the meeting hugely and appreciated the opportunity to learn more about the workings of this care home.

The Role of Social Work in Supporting People Affected by Creutzfeldt–Jakob Disease (CJD): A Scoping Review 
2 January 2019 

Jill Manthorpe and Peter Simcock review what is known about social work support for people with CJD and their families. New from the British Journal of Social Work. The authors ‘argue that there is clear scope for further research, investigating the specific social work role in supporting people affected by CJD, potentially providing the profession with greater confidence about its potential contribution, and evidence of its potential and actual effectiveness.’—from the abstract.

NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit
1 January 2019

The NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit is launched today. This new Policy Research Unit is a partnership between King's College London and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Read more about the Unit.


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