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Top Tips for Tricky Times – research project (UK)

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Claire Goodman
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University of Hertfordshire
Team members
University of Hertfordshire: Kathryn Almack, Frances Bunn, Claire Goodman,  Angela Dickinson, Melanie Handley, Elspeth Mathie, Andrea Mayrhofer University of East Anglia: Tamara Backhouse, Diane Bunn, Lee Hooper, Florence Jimoh, Anne Killet University of Kent: Ann-Marie Towers
Funding information (if funded)
This work was supported by the National Institute for Health Research (supported by the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England and the cross-ARC care home research collaboration.
Project Summary

In response to questions and concerns raised by front-line care home staff during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK (February – April 2020), research-based ‘Top Tips’ were co-produced with care home staff to complement emerging COVID-19 policy and practice guidelines. Designed as heuristics or rules of thumb, eight rapid, expert reviews of published, multidisciplinary research evidence were conducted. The reviews aimed to help answer care home staffs’ questions about ‘how’ to support residents, family members and each other at a time of unprecedented pressure and grief and adhere to guidance on self-distancing and isolation. Care home staff reviewed drafts of the Top Tips for relevance and usefulness to their work via representative forums, provider organisations and personal contacts of the team. Their feedback informed the content and design of the Top Tips and suggested they would be a helpful resource for new and inexperienced staff.

Outputs / Expected Outputs

Eight Top Tips for Tricky Time resources are available to download on the ARC East of England website:
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Top Tips for Tricky Times – research project (UK)