Programme 2020-21

The following events took place during the 2020-21 academic year. Details of future events will be shared on the main Health and Care Studies Seminar page.

Previous events

Nerds and Nightingales: The future of nursing

Tuesday 1 June 2021
18:00 – 19:30

Professor Anne Marie Rafferty, King’s College London, RCN President, focused on the legacy of workforce challenges in nursing.

Florence Nightingale possessed a prodigious set of gifts. Best known for her innovations in nursing, these only ever formed a small part of her output and life’s work. As WHO’s Year of the Nurse and Midwife draws to a close and we try to find an exit route out of a painful and cruel pandemic, it is worth reflecting on the modernity of Nightingale’s thinking, her contribution to healthcare, and relevance for some of the enduring health system and global public health challenges we face today.

With an estimated six million nurses short globally, this is surely one of the greatest barriers to health equity, universal health coverage and system resilience. It is worth asking what would Nightingale do if she were here today? What can we take from Nightingale’s legacy to inspire change for the future?

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.