Wednesday 22nd February, 12.00 – 2.00 (online):

Supporting Resilience and Wellbeing amongst Care Home Staff’

The BSG Care Homes Research SIG hosts four symposia a year, aiming to bring together those who have an interest in care home practice and research to discuss and share common interests. We welcome people with a range of roles, such as care home residents, staff, family, friends, researchers, health and social care services practitioners and policy makers.

Our Winter Symposium:  Supporting Resilience and Wellbeing amongst Care Home Staff’ is free to attend and registration is now open. so do book your place now via our Eventbrite link:

The symposium will be held online, from 12:00-14:00 (UK time) on Wednesday 22nd February 2023,  and will comprise four fantastic presentations and a moderated Q&A session. Further details are below:

Presentation 1: Care Home Nursing during Covid-19: ethical conundrums

Speaker: Dr Diane Bunn, Associate Professor of Nursing Research, University of East Anglia

Overview: During 2021 we interviewed NMC-Registered Nurses working in care homes, exploring how nursing during the COVID-19 pandemic impacted on wellbeing. Findings, framed by Tronto’s ethics of care, report on the moral distress arising from complex ethical conundrums in continuing to provide care during this time.

Presentation 2: From Online to Ongoing – Supportive Conversations and Reflection Sessions with Care Home Staff (OSCaRS) on death and dying

Speaker: Dr Susan Shenkin, Clinical Academic Geriatrician, University of Edinburgh

Overview: I will describe how Reflection and Debriefing sessions which were being provided monthly in care homes were moved to online during COVID and provided opportunities for supportive conversations and reflections, the learning from this, and how the research-led service has now been integrated into the local NHS care home support provision.

Presentation 3: Co-designing an online resource to support the resilience of care home staff

Speaker: Dr Anita Mallon, Research Fellow, Queen’s University Belfast

Overview: This talk will focus on the process and outcomes of the co-design workshops undertaken with care home staff.

Presentation 4: Practice Based Approaches to Supporting the Work-Related Wellbeing of Care Home staff

Speaker: Lucy Johnston, Senior Research Fellow, Edinburgh Napier University

Overview: This talk will cover findings from our published scoping review and current programme of work. The work has been funded by a Scottish Health Board, has three linked projects, and all aim to improve staff wellbeing and retention, by supporting best practice and service improvement.

Moderator: The session will be moderated by Professor Christine Brown Wilson, Professor of Education in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Queen’s University Belfast. Christine is a Registered Nurse with an international research profile in Ageing and Dementia in care homes.

For more information on the Care Homes Research Special Interest Group please click: here.