We are a UK based Research and Practice Development Group recently established to take forward research and practice on meaningful short breaks/respite care. The definition we use to describe short breaks is:
“A short break is any form of service or assistance which enables the carer(s) to have sufficient and regular periods away from their caring routines or responsibilities. The purpose is to support the caring relationship and promote the health and well-being of the carer, the supported person, and other family members affected by the caring situation.” For further detail click here
The UK group also works closely with the BREAK Exchange, an international group of researchers, respite providers, agencies, and individuals who are committed to building a culture of evidence-based respite care.
Click here for the latest webinar recording from the BREAK Exchange – Repositioning respite within consumer directed service systems in the Australian context– April 28, 2021
- To support the building of research/practice partnerships to deliver nationally and internationally excellent work that makes a positive difference to the everyday lives of carers and people with complex support needs
- To facilitate knowledge exchange between academia, policy and practice in ways that encourage innovations in policy and practice development
- Research shall focus on supporting the delivery of broad ranging benefits from individual health and wellbeing through to policy change and enhanced service provision
- Positive, sustainable caring relationships
- Individualised breaks, responsive to need and personal preferences
- Co-produced research shall support the effective implementation of policy and practice commitments to carers, including:
- Piloting innovative ways to deliver short breaks
- Commissioning future provision that makes most effective use of resources
We welcome opportunities to work with academic and practice-based collaborators from across the UK and internationally. Please contact Diane Seddon: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW: Making personalised short breaks meaningful: a future research agenda to connect academia, policy and practice – Diane Seddon, Emma Miller, Louise Prendergast, Don Williamson, Joyce Elizabeth Cavaye, Quality in Ageing and Older Adults, June 2021, Emerald, DOI: 10.1108/qaoa-10-2020-005
Short breaks for carers: a scoping review. Click on image to download
The Wales School for Social Care Research will contribute to the sustained co-production of excellent social care research that informs and enriches social care policy and practice in Wales in order to have a positive impact on people’s well-being across the life course (children, young people and adults).
EUROCARERS is the European network representing informal carers and their organisations, irrespective of their age or the particular health and care need of the person they are caring for.
Social work & social policy. Our research helps shape social work policy and practice through partnerships with national and international agencies.
The BREAK Exchange is an international group of researchers, respite providers, agencies, and individuals who are committed to building a culture of evidence-based respite care.
The mission of the ARCH National Respite Network and Resource Center is to assist and promote the development of quality respite and crisis care programs in the United States; to help families locate respite and crisis care services in their communities; and to serve as a strong voice for respite in all forums.
ISBA is a worldwide initiative comprised of individuals, agencies and organisations who are involved in the development and delivery of short breaks and respite care which promotes support for people to live ordinary lives.
Exploring the potential benefits of using images to support meaningful conversations with unpaid carers about their short break needs, outcomes and preferred options.
Researchers based at Bangor University, Strathclyde University and Swansea University are holding an event to explore how using pictures and images might facilitate conversations about short break needs, preferences, and outcomes. This exploration will help inform future policy, practice, and research development.
This event is aimed at policy makers, commissioners, managers, academics/ researchers. A previous event in October engaged with unpaid carers, people with support needs, and carer support practitioners.
Date: 27th January 2022
Time: 11.00am to 12.00pm
Please contact Gill Toms at email@example.com if you would like to register your interest in this event.
Moving Respite Forward, International Short Breaks Association Conference, Madison, USA, 22-25 June, 2021 (online event): click here for recordings and papers
BREAK Exchange webinar recordings can be viewed here:
- Repositioning respite within consumer directed service systems in the Australian Context >>
- Respitality and Shared Care Scotland >>
- Planning, commissioning and delivering personalised, meaningful breaks for carers and their partner living with dementia: staff reflections on challenges and opportunities>>
- Providing and Receiving Respite Care Safely During the COVID-19 Pandemic>>
- Preliminary results of the Supporting Caregivers During the COVID-19 Pandemic Survey >>
- Supporting Siblings as Caregivers >>
- Resources for Caregivers and Providers in Wisconsin During COVID-19 >>
Short Breaks: Learning from Lockdown, UK Short Breaks Research & Practice Development Group, 20th January 2021
Meaningful Short Breaks, UK Short Breaks Research & Practice Development Group, 7th May 2020
Emma Miller, Senior Research Associate, Social Work and Social Policy, the University of Strathclyde
Emma has led work on work on outcomes important to people who use services and unpaid carers for over ten years, both in Scotland and further afield. With a background in social work, Emma now works between research, policy and practice to ensure that what matters to people stays at the centre of decision making in services. She was involved in setting up and is on the co-ordinating group of the Personal Outcomes Network, a multi-agency national forum for promoting the voice of people who use services across sectors in health, social care and children and families’ services.
Diane Seddon, Reader in Social Care, School of Health Sciences, Bangor University
Diane has taken a leading role in developing a successful social care research programme, attracting research grants totalling over £7 million. She has an established reputation for completing policy relevant research that has impact. This includes reviews of national policy implementation such as the National Carers Strategies in England for the Department of Health, and in Wales for the Welsh Government. Diane contributes to the development and delivery of the Welsh Government’s Research Infrastructure Support System and leads initiatives to better integrate research, policy and practice.
Rosanna Ware, Lecturer, School of Wellbeing, Health and Social Care, The Open University
Rosanna is a Staff Tutor and Associate Lecturer based in The Open University office in Edinburgh, Scotland. Over the past 25 years her experience has been in Social Work and Social Care within the statutory, voluntary and independent sectors. Her substantive early experience was in Children & Families Social Work, later working specifically in fostering and adoption. Her research interests have developed from her experience of working with service users and carers in a variety of organisations, as well as personal experience of being a family carer. She works with Local Authorities and organisations in the West of Scotland to develop and widen access to the social work programme in Scotland. Within her current remit with the Open University she supports the Service User and Carer Strategy Group who work with the Professional Programmes, both Nursing and Social Work in Scotland.
Don Williamson, Chief Executive, Shared Care Scotland
Don has been the Chief Executive of Shared Care Scotland since January 2006. Prior to this he was the Programme Director in Edinburgh for the international leadership development charity Common Purpose, and before this was eight years with The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award as Assistant then Deputy Director for Scotland. Don has also worked in the outdoor education and environment sectors. Don was recently President of the International Short Breaks Association as part of Shared Care Scotland’s hosting of the 10th International Short Breaks conference in Edinburgh in 2016. Making effective links between policy, practice and research, in the field of short breaks and respite care, is a key focus of Don’s work at Shared Care Scotland.