The Sustainable Care team is exploring how care arrangements, currently ‘in crisis’ in parts of the UK, can be made sustainable and deliver wellbeing outcomes. We aim to support policy and practice actors and scholars to conceptualise sustainability in care as an issue of rights, values, ethics and justice, as well as of resource distribution.
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.
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.
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’.