Conversations on Care 2020-21

The following events for the Care Initiative took place during the 2020-21 academic year. Details of future events will be shared on the main Care Initiative page.

End-of-life care and bereavement in the pandemic

Thursday 11 February 2021

Report: End-of-life care and bereavement in the pandemic

This session turned to aspects of care that have been under-emphasised in the pandemic – end of life care and bereavement. The session focused first on the recommended standards and practices of end-of-life-care – especially the Gold Standards Framework (GSF) as developed by the  National GSF Centre – and then turned to new research on people’s experiences of the end of life, mourning and bereavement during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Governing Body Fellow Professor Mary Daly chaired this discussion with speakers Professor Keri Thomas, Honorary Professor, University of Birmingham, and Dr Lucy Selman, Senior Research Fellow, Bristol Medical School

Innovation and change in social care: learning from the pandemic

Wednesday 18 November
18:00 to 19:30

Report: Can COVID-19 be a catalyst for change in social care?

Speakers: Rosalind Pearce (Executive Director, Healthwatch, Oxfordshire), Penny Thewlis (Chief Executive, Age UK Oxfordshire), Rachel Pirie (Head of Older People Commissioning and Markets, Oxfordshire County Council)

This session was chaired by Governing Body Fellow Professor Mary Daly, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford.

The COVID-19 pandemic has hit social care very hard, with high infection and mortality rates in care homes, and has changed operational practices across the sector. This panel discussion sought to take stock of the situation in social care, with a particular focus on learning and innovation.

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Professor Mary Daly, University of Oxford


Ruth Loseby, Green Templeton College