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Free to Attend! Enhanced health in care homes

The NCHR&D Forum at City, University of London is pleased to host the next meeting of NCHR&D forum in collaboration with NCF.

3rd July 10-16:00 2018.

Speakers:     Lesson learnt from the Optimal Study

City, University of London; The School of Health Sciences is pleased to host the next meeting of NCHR&D Forum in collaboration with NCF. Speakers include international research leads on “Enhanced health in care homes” and discussion will be led by senior leaders in the care home sector.

Optimising NHS service delivery to care homes: a realist evaluation of the features and mechanisms that support effective working for the continuing care of older people in residential settings

Professor Claire Goodman – University of Hertfordshire

Lessons learnt from the PEACH Study

Proactive health care of older people in care homes using quality improvement methodology to bring about Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment

Professor Adam Gordon – University of Nottingham

Lessons learnt from the Vanguards

New care models: The framework for enhanced health in care homes

William Roberts – Head of Health and Social Care, Innovation Unit, Former National Care Homes Lead – NHS England

Responders: Discussion will be led by care home providers (TBA)

Workshop: Co-creating a minimum data set for care homes

Professor Claire Goodman – University of Hertfordshire

City University of London

The Northampton Suite
City, University of London
Northampton Square

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Julienne Meyer CBE     (City, University of London)  and Sharon Blackburn CBE (National Care Forum)

The NCHR&D Forum at City, University of London was established in 2003 and seeks to provide a platform for researchers and practitioners to network, share information and ideas arising from their work. It led the research that underpins My Home Life (, an internationally recognised initiative to promote quality of life in care homes.  The National Care Forum co-founded My Home Life and has been actively promoting quality care through the not-for-profit care sector for over 20 years.

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Nominate a Welsh care home for the MHL Cymru Award 2016

Nominations close

The annual Age Cymru Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony  will take place at the Cardiff Marriott on 11 March 2016. The awards night is an extremely important event for Age Cymru as it gives us a chance to reward those people who have significantly improved the lives of older people in Wales. It is also a great way to raise the profile of the public perception of care homes.

You have the opportunity to nominate a care home for the My Home Life Cymru Award, tell us how they support, involve and enhance the quality of life of their residents. Nominate a care home by telling us about the work they do and share stories of the day to day life of the home that gives people the opportunity to continue to enjoy life. This award recognises exceptional practice epitomising the My Home Life ethos and approach. My Home Life Cymru is a successful programme which works with care homes across Wales to ensure residents enjoy fully enriched lives.

For further information and to nominate your home for the My Home Life Cymru Award, please contact the team on 029 2043 1555 or email

More details on the Gala and Awards are available on the Age Cymru website.

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Northern Ireland holds My Home Life conference

NI conferenceSeptember saw the first conference for My Home Life in Northern Ireland; the Improving Quality of Life in Nursing & Residential Homes Conference was held at Magee, Ulster University with over 170 delegates.

The conference was targeted at health and social care practitioners across a range of sectors who are interested in improving quality of life for residents, relatives and staff in nursing and residential homes. Delegates included HSC representatives across the 5 trusts, RQIA, care home managers and provider’s and academic and research staff from Ulster University.
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My Home Life London Network event – 18th September 2013

Are you a care home manager in a London Care Home for older people?
We are currently working across our London movement to communicate the vital role that care homes play, celebrating and sharing the good practice that already exists. We have an event on the 18th September, which will be sharing best practice across London Care Homes (older people).


  • connect with other care home managers in London
  • learn more about what older people ‘want’ from care homes and ‘what works’
  • share ideas, watch films, reflect on your practice
  • gain top tips about new ways of working
  • get hold of your free copy of the My Home Life toolkit

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National Care Home Open Day – 21st June 2013

The National Care Home Open Day Ashingdon_Jenny__0078_-1024x682website is live and kicking!  Share your plans for the day with My Home Life – how are you celebrating?

“For far too long the care home sector has been marred by the negative press generated by a small number of badly run homes, and we’re determined to show people what our care homes are really about. We want the world to realise that care homes really can be inspiring places, full of unique, intelligent and charming characters, and run by special people that really do care. Because we’re determined to build thousands of friendships, to change long-held perceptions, to create thousands of memories, and to have a fantastic day that will enrich lives!”    National Care Home Open Day, 2013.

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Retreat 2013 – Take a look at our Programme

Our Retreat is only a fortnight away – click on the link below to take a look at our Programme for the two day event on 18th & 19th March 2013.  Day 1 will cater towards care home managers from across England, who will be reunited for group discussions and networking. The doors will be thrown open to other guests on Day 2, who will include Former Minister for Care Services Paul Burstow. There will be an opportunity to put forward open questions to the Panel, consisting of Des Kelly (NCF), Professor Martin Green OBE (ECCA), Michelle Mitchell (Age UK), Professor Julienne Meyer (Executive Director, My Home Life) and John Moore (My Home Life Cymru).

Feel free to email/tweet us the aspects of the Retreat that you are looking forward to!

There’s still time to register if you would like to attend.


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Age UK Conference – For later life: Better health and care in tough times

AGE-UK-ADVERT1Age UK is proud to present the essential conference for everyone with an interest in public policy and quality services for older people.

The squeeze on public spending has highlighted the need to find innovative ways of enabling older people with support needs to live with dignity and to maximise independence and wellbeing.

Best bits about the Conference:

• hear from high-profile speakers and leading thinkers passionate about ageing issues

• gain a unique insight into the current situation in the health and care arena and future challenges

• find out more about new models of support and how these can be put into practice

• engage and network in the interactive exhibition area

• work with us to improve the lives of older people.

Rt Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP, Secretary of State for Health, will deliver a Government address.

Book before 22nd March 2013 to benefit from early-bird booking rates –

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Innovation Champions – collaborate with us!


Are you a care home manager working with older people in London? Are you passionate about care homes and making them better? Are you able to give some of your time to shape some of our future work?

We are looking for a group of care home managers to join us in helping to shape an ‘Innovation Champions’ network across London, and create a set of resources to support quality in care homes.

What will the Innovation Champions be doing in the meetings?

  • We will be working together to explore the creation of a London network of care home managers who will keep in touch with each other to give support and exchange practice ideas.
  • We will also be designing resources together, such as leaflets, booklets etc, around the areas of partnership working, risk taking and monitoring to be shared with all care home managers in London.

What next?

  • After working with you in this way for the next 3 months, we will seek to engage with the wider London group of 2000 care homes and invite them to a series of events on quality between May and July 2013.

Our first Innovation Champion meeting will take place on Thursday 21st February at City University London. For further details on the meeting, or for any other enquiries, please contact us on or telephone 020 7040 5776.

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My Home Life Retreat 2013 – join us in spearheading change!


My Home Life will be holding a two day retreat in Central London on 18th and 19th March. The retreat is open to all those who are associated with the My Home Life movement, and is being held in order to:

  • Share best practice,
  • Learn the results of the Big Care Home Conversation
  • Lead a new vision for the sector
  • Influence national stakeholders.

If you are interested in booking your place, or would like more information regarding the Retreat, please contact our team on 020 7040 5776 or email

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My Home Life joins panel debate on the image of care homes in the media


On 13th and 14th November we were present at the Care Show Birmingham NEC.

It was a great success! There was a great deal of interest from care home staff, managers, visiting professionals and other care sector workers in the My Home Life movement.

Visitors were asked to place their own leaf on our Big Care Home Conversation tree – we received 88 leaves over the two days! Big thanks as well to Annie Stevenson who participated in the debate concerning the image of care homes in the media. Annie covered various topics whilst also getting our message out.

You can read more about the debate here.

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Our Blog


"Best practice in care environments: Seeing people in later life as individuals, not as conditions."

My Home Life’s very own Professor Julienne Meyer was recently interviewed by Anna Melville James for The Elder Magazine about Best Practice in Care Environments: Seeing People in Later Life as Individuals, Not as Conditions. Julienne is the executive director of My Home Life, she is passionate about best practice in care environments. Julienne spoke […]

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"I asked the children if they would come again to which they replied ,yes!"

Heavy snow, icy roads, and school closures were the outcomes of last week’s storm Emma combined with the Beast from the East. One care home group from Derbyshire met the chilly challenge head on with fantastic outcomes. Sarah Dixon, community relations manager for Ashmere Derbyshire Ltd explained, “Local schools were closed suddenly on the Thursday, with news […]

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