An overview of recent research and updates from CPEC
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News and research updates
June 2021
Dear <<First Name>>

Welcome to our latest newsletter which brings you updates on the latest news, research and events from the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at LSE. Highlights from this month include hosting a roundtable with The Royal Foundation, and research on early years support, loneliness and COVID-19 vaccinations in long-term care settings. 

Read on to discover more highlights, publication and events from CPEC below. Please do share this newsletter with any friends and colleagues who may be interested in signing up and get in touch if you have any feedback or questions.

Jess Turner
Senior Communications and Impact Officer, CPEC

CPEC hosts HRH The Duchess of Cambridge 

On Friday 18 June, CPEC hosted a roundtable discussion at the LSE for The Royal Foundation to discuss their report Big Change Starts Small which was joined by CPEC's Martin Knapp. The report marked the launch of the Centre for Early Childhood. 


Early years support

Research led by Eva-Maria Bonin with Annette Bauer and Madeleine Stevens contributed to The Royal Foundation's Big Change Starts Small report, a collaboration between The Royal Foundation, CPEC at LSE and The Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University. They outline that inadequate support for early years care and education costs England more than £16 billion every year.


Reconnections: Reducing loneliness in older people 

In an impact evaluation of Reconnections, a service that aims to reduce loneliness in older people in Worcestershire, David McDaid, A-La Park and José Luis Fernández outline both the short- and long-term impacts of the service, developing a “return on investment” model for policymakers.  


COVID-19 vaccines in long-term care facilities 

While the deployment of vaccines around the world, and in particular in high-income countries, has seen great success, there has been limited evidence on the effectiveness of vaccine candidates among users of long-term care services. Maximilian Salcher-Konran, Siân Smith and Adelina Comas-Herrera conducted a rapid review and outline key findings in this paper.

Mobilising social support to improve children and young people’s loneliness  

Marking the beginning of Loneliness Awareness Week, Annette Bauer, Madeleine Stevens, Martin Knapp and Sara Evans Lacko build on a recent paper to outline key lessons learnt on how social support can improve children and young people’s loneliness and mental health. 
The use of complementary and alternative medicine by adults with allergies: A Czech national representative survey – BMC Complementary Medicine and Therapies
CPEC co-author A-La Park
Impact of caring on young people – NIHR SSCR research findings
Nic Brimblecombe
Market concentration, supply, quality and prices paid by local authorities in the English care home market – Health Economics
CPEC co-author Ruth Hancock
Trends in survival of older care home residents in England: A 10-year multi-cohort study – Social Science & Medicine
CPEC co-author Ruth Hancock
Investigating factors influencing quality-of-life effects of home care services in Austria, England and Finland: A comparative analysis – Journal of European Social Policy  
CPEC co-author Juliette Malley
Implementing guidelines to protect long-term care facilities The Social Care Elf
Javiera Cartagena Farias
Prioritising the life chances of young people living in poverty during the COVID-19 pandemic: A call for integrating youth mental health into cash transfer programmesLSE Global Health
Annette Bauer and Sara Evans-Lacko

Recent events and presentations:

Providing unpaid care to people living with dementia STRiDE Dementia 
27 May

Presentation by Emily Freeman 

Mental health economics: Reflections, promises and challenges – Mental Health Economics
27 May

Hosted by Mental Health Economics with a presentation by Martin Knapp

Statistical literacy and research integrity with an emphasis on data visualisation to celebrate Florence Nightingale's Bicentenary NIHR Statistics Group, fifth annual conference
23-25 June

Hosted by NIHR Statistics Group with presentations by Bo Hu and Amritpal Rehill

Upcoming events:

Taking stock of COVID-19 and the long-term care sector in Germany – LTCcovid
5 July, 2pm GMT

COVID-19, vaccinations and immunity in care homes: Emerging evidence from the C19Immunity study (Canada) and Vivaldi Study (UK) – LTCcovid
12 July, 2pm GMT
COVID-19 and long-term care systems: An overview of OECD responses and perspectives from France, Italy and Portugal – LTCcovid
19 July, 2pm GMT
Engagement story:

The 3 Conversations (3Cs) is a strengths-based approach to providing services in adult social care in England that relies heavily on practitioners listening to those trying to access services, and working with them collaboratively. CPEC is carrying out research to understand this approach and how to evaluate it.
With listening at the heart of the CPEC study, colleagues Madeleine Stevens and Nic Brimblecombe recently held their first Public Advisory Group (PAG) meeting, along with new CPEC member Jessica Carlisle.

PAG members discussed the 3 Conversations approach and the research team were able to get some excellent feedback from the group about the types of questions they should be considering to inform their research study.

Media mentions and news updates:

The BMJ spoke to Adelina Comas-Herrera about the Public Health England report looking at outbreaks of COVID-19 in care homes at the beginning of the pandemic. 

Adelina Comas-Herrera spoke to Tim Harford on BBC Radio 4’s More or Less programme about COVID-19 deaths in care homes around the world. 

The Guardian cited a 2018 paper by Sara Evans-Lacko and Martin Knapp on depression in the workplace.  

The Times, and many other media outlets covered The Royal Foundation’s new Centre for Early Childhood and initial report written with CPEC colleagues. 

Latest papers
  • COVID, communication and care homes: A staffs’ perspective of supporting the emotional needs of families
  • Profiles of residents with mental disorders in Canadian long-term care facilities: A cross-sectional study
  • Making my day. Volunteering or working at a day centre for older people: Findings of exploratory research in English day centres
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