Conversations on Care 2021-22

The following events for the Care Initiative took place during the 2021-22 academic year. Details of future events will be shared on the main Care Initiative page.

The regulation of social care: Improving the treatment of workers through regulatory law

Wednesday 26 January 2022
18:00 to 19:30

Speakers: Professor Lydia Hayes

About the event

Professor Hayes will presented new research, undertaken during the pandemic, showing that care safety and job quality in care settings are inseparable. The findings point to failures in the regulation of care provision. Job quality indicators, highly relevant to the objective of care safety, were being ignored or marginalised by providers and inspectors. Professor Hayes made the case that existing regulatory law provides the social care sector with a framework of sector-specific employment standards. Better understanding of the potential of regulatory law could help organisations that represent either employers or workers to improve terms and conditions of work as an inseparable element of the quality of care.

Report: Care Initiative talk explores treatment of Social Care workers

What Changes has the Pandemic Brought to Long-term Care Organisation in OECD Countries?

Thursday 31 March 2022
18:00 to 19:30

Speakers: Dr Ana LLena-Nozal, Senior Economist, OECD

Chaired by Professor Mary Daly, Governing Body Fellow, Green Templeton College and Professor of Sociology and Social Policy at the Department of Social Policy and Intervention, University of Oxford

About the event

This presentation analysed the effects of COVID-19 on LTC in OECD countries. It took stock of the wide range of policy responses that countries implemented, detailing the changes over time on testing strategies, reduction of interactions and isolation measures, digitalisation of services, and workforce. The presentation also assessed emergency preparedness in the sector, as well as  the effectiveness of workforce and vaccination strategies. Finally, the presentation showed how policy responses affected care continuity and the well-being of residents while also outlining the organisational and coordination challenges.

Report: OECD’s Ana Llena-Nozal on long-term care

Contact the Care Initiative

Further information can be requested from:

Professor Mary Daly, University of Oxford


Liz Green, Green Templeton College