Care Futures – Thematic Areas


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Theme explorations

The first stage of the programme is focused on understanding the pandemic experience given the significant changes and impacts across many different areas of practice both in care homes and care at home, but also for many groups of people.  This includes care providers, the social care workforce, care home residents, people supported at home, families and wider partners across health, social care and other organisations.

A set of key themes has been developed to guide our reflection, informed by experiences across the sector and also areas suggested through the expressions of interest to participate in the programme. For each of these theme areas, our engagement process supports reflection on the experience, learning, challenges, unexpected impacts, strategies, values and priorities for the future.

Care Practice

This theme explores the ways in which the delivery of care and support has changed during COVID-19, across areas such as dementia, palliative and end of life care, assessment and care planning.  It includes ways of delivering care which may have been continued, adopted or extended and those that were experienced for the first time during the pandemic.


This theme explores the impacts of COVID-19 on many different aspects of work in social care. This includes staffing levels, recruitment & induction, skills, training, confidence and future workforce needs.


This theme explores perceptions of the independent social care sector during COVID-19. It includes relationships with the media, opportunities for enhancing understanding, awareness and profile and the future potential of the sector in relation to its profile.


This theme explores experiences of technology, including digital applications and platforms, online information and resources, use of devices and software. It includes understanding the impact of COVID-19 on the use and value of technology, and priorities for future use across the social care sector.


This theme explores the new or different ways of working with wider health, social care, community and other partners that have developed during COVID-19.  It includes understanding the impact of these partnerships on care delivery and what forms of support and/or collaboration have been most valuable.


This theme explores the impacts of COVID-19 on wellbeing for staff, residents, families and people supported as well as the forms, use and value of wellbeing supports.