Centre for Care Care Matter Podcast

Welcome to the CARE MATTERS podcast.

The Care Matters podcast is brought to you by the ESRC Centre for Care and CIRCLE, the Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities. In this series, our researchers welcome experts in the field and those giving or receiving care to discuss crucial issues in social care, as we collectively attempt to make a positive difference to how care is experienced and provided.

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Centre for Care Care Matter Podcast, Improving Adult Care Together

Episode thirteen: Improving Adult Care Together (2 parts)

4th May 2022

We are pleased to bring you a two-part episode, hosted by IMPACT Director, Jon Glasby, focussing on the work being done in IMPACT (IMProving Adult Care Together), the new UK centre for implementing evidence in adult social care.  Funded, by the ESRC and the Health Foundation, with £15m over nearly 7 years, IMPACT seeks to help evidence of what works get used in practice to make a difference to services, and hence to people’s lives.

“We believe that good care isn’t about services, but about having a life – and that evidence can play a key part in achieving this vision.”

The University of Sheffield is a partner in IMPACT. IMPACT draws on knowledge gained from different types of research, the lived experience of people using services and carers, and the practice knowledge of social care staff.

Part one

Jon Glasby (Host)

Jon is a qualified social worker by background, and works as Professor of Health and Social Care at the University of Birmingham.  He is Director of IMPACT. Click here to learn more at Jon’s profile page at the University of Birmingham.

Karen McCormick 

Karen is parent to you a young adult with an intellectual disability who draws on social care. In order to give her daughter more choice and control over her life, they have opted for a personal budget. The process of establishing her daughter’s self-direction arrangement to employ her own personal assistants motivated Karen to found inCharge Ltd in 2020 (www.inchargehq.com).  She believes that technology can play an enabling role in the self-directed care process.  Karen contributed to the work of the Northern Ireland IMPACT assembly in the design phase through her lived experience contributions to the temporary co-production advisory panel and is now Lived Experience Engagement Lead for IMPACT.

Karen’s LinkedIn Profile: www.linkedin.com/in/karenmccormickincharge

Twitter: @InCharge_HQ & @killaney

Terry Davies 

Terry is an IMPACT Assembly member for Wales and is a person of lived experience, employed by West Wales Action for Mental Health (click here to visit their website).

Obert Tawodzera 

Obert is a Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham and IMPACT’s Project Officer. He completed his PhD at Sheffield University and was part of the Sustainable Care programme led by Professor Sue Yeandle. Prior to doing his PhD Obert worked as a care worker for adults with learning difficulties. His desire and passion to see change which is underpinned by inclusion and equality is what drives his commitment to research in adult social care.

Part two

Clenton Farquharson MBE

Clenton is a disabled person with lived experience who draws upon health and social care. Clenton employs his own Personal Assistance, and he looks after his mum’s personal budget which his mum uses for her own personal assistance.

He is Chair of the Think Local Act Personal (click here to learn more) programme board, and member of the Coalition for Personalised Care. He is also a member of the Social Care Sector COVID-19 Stakeholder Group which will ensure that concerted and determined action continues to be taken to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 in the sector, both for those who rely on care and support and the social care workforce.

Clenton was named in Disability News Services’ list of influential disabled people and listed in the top 50 of HSJ’s most influential Black, Asian and minority ethnic people in health. He was also voted top social care leader in the recent Social Care Top 30 awards hosted by Care Talk magazine.

Karen Hedge

As National Director for Scottish Care (click here to learn more), Karen is working to shape the future of social care but is frustrated by the failure of traditional research to move beyond the ‘proof of concept’ stage. She believes IMPACT offers an exciting opportunity to reconsider our approach to evidence implementation by recognising the value and capability of the social care sector. Creating the conditions for real collaboration, critically including those who work in and access care and support, will allow us to move not only to research implementation but embedding. She brings over 20 years sector experience from frontline to Board level, and a passion for evidencing impact in outcomes for people.

CARE MATTERS podcast: The right to be me. Hosted by Maria Cheshire Allen (Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR)) with special guests Irene Mortimer (Swansea Carers Centre) and Jude Dale (Dementia Friendly Swansea)

Episode twelve: The right to be me

6th April 2022

Maria Cheshire-Allen (Researcher, at Swansea University) is joined by Irene Mortimer, (Swansea Carers Centre) and Jude Dale, (Dementia Friendly Swansea) to discuss how the concept of wellbeing as an enduring ideal defining what it means to live a ‘good life’ interacts with how care in older age is understood and experienced.  Together, they reflect on whether, and how the concept translates into everyday experience or the ‘right to be me’ for family carers of older people living with dementia.

About Maria Cheshire-Allen

Maria is a qualitative researcher working at the Centre for Ageing and Dementia Research (CADR)- click here to go to the CADR website- at Swansea University, Wales UK.  Her research interests include ageing, care, care ethics, and social care policy.  Her research is informed by a previous career working in several policy and campaigning roles for NGOs in Wales, as well as working as a paid carer for older people with dementia.  She has published in the areas of theory, policy and empirical research addressing questions concerning the wellbeing of family carers.

Her latest research article ‘No-one was clapping for us’: care, social justice and family carer wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic in Wales  is published in the International Journal of Care and Caring and available to access here: (click here)

Useful links from this episode

The Dementia Hwb is part of Dementia Friendly Swansea, click here to go to their website or click here for their Facebook page
The Dementia Hwb is also on Twitter (click here) and Instagram (click here)

Swansea Carers Centre website: https://www.swanseacarerscentre.org.uk/
Swansea Carers Centre Twitter (click here), Facebook (click here) and Instagram (click here)

CARE MATTERS podcast. No Jab, No Job: 3 months on with Tom Hunt and Rachel Harrison

Episode eleven: No Jab, No Job: 3 months on

1st February 2022

Tom Hunt (Centre for Care Co-Investigator and Deputy Director of SPERI (Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute)  is joined by Rachel Harrison (Public Services National Officer, GMB) to discuss the issue of mandatory vaccination for care home workers in England. Since November last year, it has been mandatory for all care home staff in England to have had 2 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of their deployment in a care home. The introduction of this policy has led to debate and concerns about the ethics of mandatory vaccination, it has also raised questions about the employment model in the care sector, about UK government’s willingness to meaningfully engage with care workers and about the respect and value given to care work, and to the people providing it.

The policy has been in effect for 3 months, today’s episode explores the impact so far, and what some of the wider implications might be.

Read Tom’s paper, ‘Under-paid and under-valued: assessing mandatory vaccination for care home workers’ here:

CARE MATTERS: Social Prescribing: improving people's wellbeing by connecting them with their communities

Episode ten: Social Prescribing: improving people’s wellbeing by connecting them with their communities

18th August 2021

In this episode, CARE MATTERS podcast producer Dan Williamson interviews Tim Anfilogoff to find out more about Social Prescribing. They explore the current role it plays in Social Care in England, the development and roll out of Social Prescribing and some challenges facing it and the people that use it.

Tim is Head of Community Resilience for the two Hertfordshire Clinical Commissioning Groups, and NHS England’s Social Prescribing Regional Facilitator for the East of England. Tim is also a member of the Sustainable Care programme’s Advisory Board.

Read 'Caring as a social determinant of health'- Public Health England publication
'Gig economy care platforms: impacts for the workforce and the economy

Episode nine: ‘Gig economy’ care platform models: impacts for the workforce and the market

17th February 2021

UKRI Innovation Fellow, Dr Karla Zimpel-Leal (University of Sheffield) welcomes Dr Fiona Macdonald (RMIT University) to talk about her research on care platform models, or uberisation, and her latest publication at the International Journal of Care and Caring titled ‘Personalised risk’ in paid care work and the impacts of ‘gig economy’ care platforms. Both draw on their research in the UK and in Australia to highlight careworkers’ experiences of working within these models, and the impact of these models on the care market.

About Fiona Macdonald

Dr Fiona MacDonald is a Vice-Chancellor’s Senior Research Fellow in the School of Management at RMIT. Her research focuses on three interconnected themes: the changing nature of work and employment relationships; regulating for decent work and gender equality; and the political economy of work. Fiona’s current research is on the social care workforce, social policy and welfare systems.

Visit Fiona’s profile page here.

Episode eight: Long-term care services in the EU: issues of access and quality

4th February 2021

Sustainable Care Programme Manager, Dr Kelly Davidge, and former Head of Social Policies Unit at Eurofound, Rob Anderson recorded this episode of our Care Matters series on 10th December 2020. Rob explains the characteristics of Long-term Care Services, how they feature in EU policies and programmes, Eurofound’s contribution to research on these services and what issues there are for further research and service development in this area. The pair also discuss the impact of Brexit on Long-term care services in the UK and the EU.

About Rob Anderson

Rob is the former Head of the Social Policies Unit at Eurofound, and worked as Research Manager from 1988- 2018 on a range of topics, including the monitoring quality of life and living conditions in the EU, projects on ageing and changes in employment over the life course, measures to promote the social inclusion of people with chronic illness and the creation of employment in care services.

Prior to joining Eurofound, Rob was the Programme Manager at the WHO European Office in Copenhagen, with responsibility for the European Regional Programme in Health Promotion.

Rob was also President of Eurocarers from 2009-2013 which gave opportunities to promote links between research and policy at both Member State and EU levels. He is Chair of the research and policy committee at Family Carers Ireland and Chair of the Sustainable Care programme advisory board.

Episode seven: Care and caring in Europe: common challenges, common solutions?

27th January 2021

We were delighted to be joined by Eurocarers’ Executive Director, Stecy Yghemonos for episode seven of our Care Matters podcast series, recorded in December 2020. Sustainable Care Co-Investigator, Dr Kate Hamblin hosts this episode and the two discuss very important issues in adult social care in both an EU and UK context, such as the impact of Brexit on social care in the UK, the role of the EU in policy dialogues relating to unpaid care and links between the social and economic dimensions of care, and whether informal care and formal care should be seen as interlinked or completely separate ways of caring. Stecy and Kate also discuss the impact of COVID-19 on social care.

About Stecy Yghemonos

Stecy is the Executive Director of Eurocarers, the European association working for carers. A trained journalist, Stecy is an EU policy and communication specialist. Over the last 17 years he has acted as a Project, Advocacy and Communications Director in organisations promoting and defending the reinforcement and harmonisation of domestic and foreign EU policies in the fields of press freedom, social justice, children’s rights, development, health, education and vocational training. Together with the Eurocarers Steering Committee he sets the direction of the Eurocarers network, develops and oversees the implementation of the action plan.

Episode six: Sustainable Care programme Early Career Network

20th January 2021

In episode six, Obert Tawodzera, Camille Allard, Wing Yee Lam (University of Sheffield) and Breda Maloney (University College Dublin) discuss the similarities and differences between their research, and how current issues are impacting their research areas.

This episode is split into three parts:

  1. Young carers, working carers and caring at a distance
  2. Technology in care and COVID-19
  3. Cultural and gender aspects of care

Obert’s research is focused on exploring the role of new technologies in mediating long distance aged care relationships between UK based migrants and their overseas family members. The PhD is embedded within the wider work of Care ‘In’ and ‘Out of’ Place in the Sustainable Care programme, which aims to examine migrant experiences of care in and out of place, in order to develop understandings of sustainability and wellbeing.

Camille is also part of the Sustainable Care programme, and her research is on workplace support for employees who are also carers. She has been working with companies that offer different schemes of care leaves and is assessing how it could enhance a carer’s ability to incorporate paid employment. She works with the team researching ‘Combining work and care‘, which looks at under-researched aspects of the support needed to sustain the wellbeing of ‘working carers’.

Wing’s PhD research is about the juggles of informal caregivers managing paid work and eldercare. I am also passionate about research topics in  work-life balance, employees’ wellbeing, and equity in the workplace. Wing is working as a research assistant in two projects: Mental Health Awareness Training and Work-Life Balance in Hong Kong.

Breda is based in the University College Dublin and is researching young carers’ experience of caring whilst attending secondary school, and their perceptions regarding their future careers. Breda is also part of the CAREWELL project which examines how family carers can be best supported to balance work with care.

Episode five: A lived experience of retiring to Spain by Charles Betty

10th November 2020

Most British nationals who retire abroad to destinations like Spain, maintain strong physical, emotional and social ties to the UK. Family living in the UK often play an instrumental role in the provision of care and support for elderly British nationals in Spain, especially when they struggle to access local social services due to language and cultural barriers. Research undertaken through the Sustainable Care programme has explored the lived experiences of accessing care and support in Spain and found that some retirees choose to return to the UK when they develop care needs, to be close to their families and to access support from the welfare state. Uncertainty created by Brexit has also led some people to worry about their futures in Spain and so are contemplating returning to the UK.

In this episode, Dr Kelly Hall speaks to Dr Charles Betty about his research on the older British community in Spain, which focuses on return migration. Charles, who completed his PhD in 2017, is now 97 years old and has lived in Spain for the last 35 years. Charles talks about his research on return migration but also reflects on his own experiences of living in Spain, including how he and the British community more broadly have responded to Brexit. He also talks about the important role of British voluntary organisations in the Costa del Sol, including Age Care Association and hospital volunteer interpreter services, both of which he helped to establish many decades ago.

Episode four: The Potential of Technology in Adult Social Care

21st October 2020

In episode four of our CARE MATTERS podcast, James Wright, Kate Hamblin and Matthew Lariviere discuss the key messages to policymakers from their recently released Policy Brief ‘The Potential of Technology in Adult Social Care

Download the Policy Brief here

Episode three: Waiting for a long-term care revolution

26th August 2020

In episode three of our CARE MATTERS podcast, Sustainable Care Principal Investigator Professor Sue Yeandle is interviewed by PhD Student Camille Allard. They discuss the Sustainable Care research programme, Sue’s lasting partnership with Carers UK, the International Journal of Care and Caring, Carers’ experiences of combining work and care around the world and the issues which the reform of Adult Social Care desperately needs to address.

Learn more about the Sustainable Care programme

Episode two: Migrant homecare workers in the UK at a time of policy change

19th August 2020

In episode two of our CARE MATTERS Series, ‘Migrant home care workers in the UK at a time of policy change’, Professor Shereen Hussein is interviewed by Dr Karla Zimpel-Leal about her recently published Policy Brief, ‘Migrant workers in England’s homecare sector’.

Download Policy Brief
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Episode one: Caring for older British migrants on Spain

12th August 2020

In the first episode of our CARE MATTERS series podcast, Dr Kelly Hall from the University of Birmingham is interviewed by Dr Magdolna Lőrinc from the University of Sheffield about her recently published Policy Brief, Care for older British migrants in Spain.

Download Policy Brief