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Exploring unscheduled care at night: the night owls project

School of Health Sciences, Bangor University

Project ID: BUK2192
Annual Stipend: £11,246
Application Deadline: 30th November 2021

This project presents an exciting opportunity to complete a fully funded, full-time one-year Masters by Research. The starting date is 1st January 2022.

Needing assistance or worrying about accessing care overnight is a key reason people enter residential care. Ynys Mon local authority have worked with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and the Welsh Ambulance Service NHS Trust to develop the Night Owls service. This service provides both scheduled and unscheduled care to Ynys Mon residents overnight. The Night Owls service is innovative and no directly comparable service exists in North Wales.

The project will take a mixed methods approach and will involve collecting data from individuals who have received unscheduled (i.e. unplanned) visits from the Night Owls service. It will involve:

  • Conducting a scoping review of research undertaken in the last five years
  • Analysing data routinely collected by the Night Owls service
  • Telephone interviews with older adults who have received one or more unscheduled visits from the Night Owls service and conducting a thematic analysis of the interview data
  • Developing a questionnaire tool for the Night Owls service to collect future satisfaction and outcomes data
  • Conducting a small pilot of this questionnaire tool to ascertain its usability and acceptability
  • Holding a workshop (potentially via videoconference) with the Night Owls partner organisations at the end of the study to share the findings and to consider the next steps for researching and evaluating the service

The full time 1 year studentship (theses must be submitted a maximum of 3 months after the funded one year study period) includes a tax-free maintenance stipend of £11,246 for 12 months, with full-time fees paid and additional allowances.  A requirement of the studentship is a 30-day placement with the partner company (Ynys Mon Local Authority), during the period of the project.  The achievement of a Postgraduate Skills Development Award (PSDA) is compulsory for each KESS 2 scholar.

Qualifications and experience requirements for successful applicant.  The prospective applicant should have a minimum of a 1st or good 2:1 in a relevant degree and be available to take up the studentship on the 1st January 2022. It is desirable that he/she can communicate effectively though the mediums of both Welsh and English. A requirement of the post is that the person apply for DBS clearance as the research involves working with vulnerable adults.

The student will be based in the School of Healthcare Sciences at Bangor University, which offers a dynamic and exciting research environment. He or she will also work closely with Rachel Williams and Brian Jones as well as other members of Ynys Mon Local Authority. 

Informal inquiries about the project should be made to the project supervisors:

Diane Seddon, Reader in Social Care, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University (; telephone 01248 388 220)

Gill Toms, Research Development Officer, Wales School for Social Care Research, School of Healthcare Sciences, Bangor University (; telephone 01248 388 463)

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to Diane Seddon (  and cc to Gill Toms (  and Penny Dowdney (

Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales. It is part funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF) convergence programme for West Wales and the Valleys.

Due to ESF funding, eligibility restrictions apply to this scholarship. To be eligible, the successful candidate will need to be resident in the Convergence Area of Wales on University registration, and must have the right to work in the region on qualification.

Loneliness among Stroke Survivors

Who are we?
This project is a collaboration between researchers in the Psychology and Sociology departments at the University of Durham and University of Sunderland. This project is funded by the Wolfson Research Institute.

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of this study is to understand the impact of loneliness in stroke. You will be asked a number of different questions to understand your views on loneliness.

Who can take part in the study?

You are eligible to take part in this study if you are over 18 years old and have suffered a stroke.

Do I have to take part?

Participation is entirely voluntary. If you change your mind about taking part in the study, you can withdraw at any point by closing the web browser.

What will happen to me if I take part?

If you agree to take part in this study, you will be asked to answer a number of questions relating to your current feelings. It is expected that this will take no longer than 10 minutes.

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?

There are no disadvantages or risks of taking part in this survey.

What if something goes wrong?

If you change your mind about participation you can close the web browser and your data will not be recorded. If you decide you would like to withdraw your data at the end of the study, please contact the lead investigator by email ( Alternatively, if you have a complaint about the conduct of the study then please contact the Chair of the University Research Ethics Group at the University of Sunderland, whose details can be found at the bottom of this information sheet.

Will my taking part in this study be kept confidential?

You will be supplied with an anonymous code prior to taking part in this survey. This will be used to anonymise your data throughout. The data will only be accessed by the investigators. Personally identifying research data will be treated in accordance with the Data Protection Act (2018). Data, will be kept for 5 years securely at the University of Sunderland by the Lead Investigator. All data will be stored securely in accordance with General Data Protection Regulations (2018).

What will happen to the results of the survey?

If suitable, the results may be presented at academic conferences and/or written up for publication in peer-reviewed academic journals. Any data presented in this manner will be entirely anonymous and so you will not be identifiable from this. You may find out about the results of this study by contacting the Lead Researcher at

Who has reviewed the study?

The University of Sunderland Research Ethics Group has reviewed and approved the study.
Contact for further information
Dr. Stephen Dunne (Lead Investigator)
Phone: 0191 515 3070

Dr. John Fulton (Chair of the University of Sunderland Research Ethics Group)
Phone: 0191 515 2529

Use of technology to build social connections and tackle loneliness among older adults in Wales during the coronavirus pandemic

The Welsh Government has commissioned researchers at the University of Bath and the Wales Centre for Public Policy to investigate if and how technology is being used during the COVID-19 pandemic in Wales to build social connections and tackle loneliness and social isolation among older adults. We would like to hear from people who work for statutory or voluntary organisations that provide social/community care services to older adults in Wales or who commission these services, to understand their experiences of using (or not) technology through the pandemic. To do this we have set up an online survey that you are invited to complete.

Title of study: Use of technology to build social connections and tackle loneliness among older adults in Wales during the coronavirus pandemic

Who can take part? If you work for a statutory or voluntary organisation that provides community-based care and support services for older adults (65+) or who commission these care and support services for older adults, we would like to hear from you. In this study we are focusing on the provision of care and services for community dwelling older adults rather than for older adults in residential care or nursing homes, although you may cover both. Community-based care and support services for older adults include:

  • registered domiciliary care services (not residential or nursing care)
  • community-based support services, for example befriending schemes

We would like to hear from people from a range of different professional roles within these organisations – so whatever your role within these organisations we would like to hear from you.

What is involved? You will be asked to complete an online survey, which should take less than 20 minutes. At the end of the survey you will be asked if you would also like to take part in an interview via telephone/video call – this is optional and would last less than an hour. The survey will be running until 31st October 2021.

What you will get in return. For completing the survey, you will be offered the chance to be entered into a prize draw for one of three prizes: £50, £30 or £20.

I’m interested, how can I take part? If you would like to take part in the survey or would like further information, please go to:

This study has received ethical approval from Cardiff University’s Research Ethics Committee.

Contact details          

Professor Julie Barnett,   

Dr Lis Grey,

From Red Sea House: A multi-methods study to map dementia care in order to improve the lives of older people from minority ethnic backgrounds living in residential care – MRes Scholarship

Here is an exciting opportunity to conduct a study that seeks to address the following questions:

What are the lived experiences of Somali elders living with dementia in residential care?
How can implementation of quality care using Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) be effectively supported for older people from BME backgrounds?
What role can the process and related digital communication outputs play in enhancing dementia care delivery?
The selected candidate will apply their research skills and experience to understand the ways Somali elders living with dementia and their carers seek information, and how they experience the assessment process, and live with dementia using Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) as an investigative framework and tool. This will allow the student to develop transferable knowledge and skills in this most exciting and active field of dementia research.

Please click here for more information

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Are you aged 60+?

You are being invited to take part in some research!

 We are conducting research into the influence of environmental sounds. We are interested in defining what categories of environmental sound are able to capture attention in older adults. Moreover, to what extend are these sounds influencing our ability to multitask.

Participants – Male and female 60+

Time required - This study will require approximately 40 minutes

Attendance – Swansea University, Singleton Park campus

Participant requirements –normal or corrected to normal vision and hearing. No psychological conditions such as clinical depression, PTSD

In order to protect our participants, those deemed medically vulnerable by their physician, health care professional, hospital or those who have a stay-at-home letter as set out by government guidelines, will not be permitted to attend the university to take part in this research under any circumstance.

Additionally, at this present time, we are only able to permit participants who have received both their vaccines.

If you would like any additional information or would like to participate, please email

Leanne Richards –


Please be advised that on the university campus, face masks are compulsory and should be used for the duration that you are on the grounds

Transitions in Care: Information needs concerning the discharge from hospital of an older person 

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Advise our research project about how technology has been used among older people in Wales to build social connections.

The last year has been a year like no other. The stay-at-home message and social distancing guidelines have restricted social activities for people of all ages. This has meant that many have felt lonely or socially isolated because face-to-face contact has been difficult. Although technology has been by used people to help address the challenge and enable people to build social connections, but it hasn’t been accessible to all. This is something that Cardiff University and Bath university are exploring.

 If you are over 65 years and live in Wales and have experience in using technology to build your social connections or you have views on using technology in this way, then you may be able to help.

The team are looking for 12 older people, to help advise our research project about how technology has been used among older people in Wales to build social connections. The research aims to support the Welsh Government, public services, and communities, to improve the ways in older people can be supported to maintain and build social connections.

All you need is access to a telephone or video conferencing to take part. If you need support to use video conferencing, we can help with this.

You will help the research team by

  • reviewing and providing feedback on research materials (such as interview questions) and draft reports of findings from the research.

The group will meet approximately twice between August 2021 and February 2022, either over the telephone or via video conferencing, whichever you prefer. There will also be the option to contribute via post. We will send materials to review in ahead of these meetings. We may ask for your opinion between group meetings too. Anyone involved in the advisory group will also be offered one £20 voucher as a thank you for your contributions.

If this opportunity is of interest, please contact Dr Deborah Morgan on or on 07485 529201 if you would like to be involved in this group or if you have any questions about the group.

Create "Lay Summaries" for CADR

CADR is looking for members of the public to assist us with one of our key activities – “Publish and disseminate research findings and lay summaries”.

Our aim is to make research findings more accessible to the public, by promoting lay summaries through publications, at events, and by electronic and social media.

Please watch the below summary and contact us if you would like to find out more:

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The North Wales Dementia Network has resulted in numerous collaborations between its members. Involving people living with dementia and carers is at the heart of the network has increased the members understanding of challenges and priorities for the future, encouraging ideas from grassroots to stimulate greater collaboration and set priorities. The team are very willing to share the network with other regions that may be interested in this method of building strong communities. Please contact Catrin Hedd Jones: if you want to know more about getting involved.  Please click here to access the facebook page.

Join Dementia Research helps people with dementia, their supporters and families (unpaid carers), or anyone interested in dementia research to be matched to research studies taking place in their area.

Please take a look at the Join Dementia Research website,
or call the JDR Helpline on 0333 150 3456.