UCAIRE’s research aims

To explore how residents in older people’s care homes, family/friends, and staff experienced coping with preventing spread and transmission of the SARS-CoV-2 virus in order to inform development of guidelines and support in managing future outbreaks of infectious diseases in care homes and in providing support to those living, visiting and working in care homes.

Upcoming UCAIRE Events

Family and Friends Workshop (11th July 2022, 3.00-4.00pm online using Microsoft Teams)

Are you a family member or a friend of an older care-home resident? You are invited to give feedback at an online workshop to help tailor guidance for families and friends on infection-control measures in future outbreaks of highly infectious diseases. Draft guidance reflects findings from the UCAIRE study. £25 e-voucher for those who contribute.

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Care Home Staff workshop (19th July 2022, 2.00-3.00pm online using Microsoft Teams)

Are you a member of care-home staff or a health/social-care practitioner interested in older people’s care homes? You are invited to give feedback at an online workshop to tailor guidance for staff on infection-control measures in future outbreaks of highly infectious diseases. Draft guidance reflects findings from the UCAIRE study. £25 voucher for those who contribute.

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Research Design and outputs

UCAIRE is a mixed-methods study with three main objectives:

1. Undertake an online survey of care-home staff to identify broad concepts and specific issues or concerns associated with transmission and spread of COVID-19 to and within care homes.

UCAIRE ran a second online survey for care-home staff in spring 2022. We are now analysing results to compare staff experiences of infection-control measures during the pandemic in autumn 2021 with their experiences in spring 2022. Thank you to staff who took part in the online surveys.

2. Undertake semi-structured interviews with care-home residents, family/friends and care-home staff to understand their experiences of coping with preventing infection-transmission and risk during the pandemic.

3. Using a mixed-methods approach, integrate findings from the quantitative and qualitative arms of the study in order to gain comprehensive understandings from which results and overall guidelines can be developed.

Guidelines will be tailored for specific end-users; care-home staff, residents, family/friends of residents.

Interviews

We thank everyone who participated in interviews to date for the UCAIRE study.

Care-home staff who we have already interviewed may wish to review their participant information.

Family or friends (of care-home residents) who have been interviewed can review their participant information, too

Outputs

“We can’t visit and see what going on for her… it’s like having paper-bags over our heads” Experiences of infection-control measures on family and friends of care-home residents during COVID-19

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Further outputs will be made available at the end of the study.

Our team

Principal Investigator: Dr Kathleen Lane (HSC)

UEA Co-applicants: Dr Julii Brainard (MED), Dr Diane Bunn (HSC), Dr Anne Killett (HSC)

External Co-applicants: Professor Sarah O’Brien (Newcastle); Suzanne Mumford (Care UK); Julie Houghton (PPI).

Researcher: Laura Watts (HSC).

Advisory Group: Sharon Dunn and Emma Smith (North Norfolk PCN); Christen McDonnell (Leaf Care Services);

Care-home resident; Barbara Cowell (PPI/Carer); Professor Paul Hunter (UEA); Rhodri Williams (Alzheimer’s Society).

Please contact Kathleen if you have any questions or comments about the UCAIRE study.

Funding

National Institute for Health Research - School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR). UCAIRE is grateful to have received a four-month, costed extension by our funder. The study now ends on 30 September 2022.