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In early December, we shared details of a study that researchers from the University of East Anglia’s Health Protection Research Unit in Emergency Preparedness Unit have been asked to undertake to find out how care home staff have coped with infection control measures at work.  The last few months have been very challenging for care home staff, whatever their role, and the research team want to hear from staff to find out about their experiences and what it has been like: what are the practicalities of living and working with infection control measures during the pandemic and what steps have staff taken to help protect their residents?

The findings from this study will be pulled together and written up to provide much needed evidence.

The deadline for the survey and interviews is 31 January 2021 and the researchers are very keen to obtain as many views as possible.

There are two ways to help with this study, and you can take part in just one or both.  There is an online survey, which is anonymous unless you choose to leave your name; the team would also like to interview some care home workers online.  They would like to hear from anyone who has worked in a care home, in any way, including administration, domestic, catering, gardening, as well as carers and managers.  For anyone taking part in an interview, they are able to offer you a £20 Amazon gift voucher for your time and contribution.  For taking part in the survey, they have a prize draw for a chance to win one of five £10 Amazon gift vouchers.  Interviews will take place via Zoom, Microsoft Teams or Whatsapp (others may be available.)  The choice will depend on what you prefer and whether the researcher has access to the same technology.  

The survey takes approximately 10 minute to complete.  To complete the survey, please click this link

For more information about the survey, or to participate in an interview, please contact Dr Kathleen Lane or Dr Diane Bunn at the University of East Anglia for further information.

The study is funded by NIHR Health Protection Research Unit in Emergency Preparedness at the University of East Anglia.