Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care

CRIPACC: Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care, University of Hertfordshire, UK

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What information should be collected about people living in care homes? How can it be safely and effectively shared between services to promote good care? And how can we support research and innovation in care homes?

Researchers at CRIPACC, led by Professor Claire Goodman, are helping to answer these questions. The DACHA study is an NIHR-funded project carried out in partnership with care home residents, their families and people working in care homes. To learn more, click below or follow:

DACHA Study: http://dachastudy.com/

DACHA Study | Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DACHA-Study-102225059220346

DACHA_Study () / Twitter: https://twitter.com/DACHA_Study


Yesterday there was food, drinks, and a lot of laughs, at the CRIPACC picnic, held at Bradfordbury observatory. Usually the picnic is an annual event, but because of COVID it was the first in three years!

We also took the opportunity to raise a glass together for Frances. She is sorely missed.

Frances Bunn Student Award, organized by Wendy Wills 24/06/2022

A go fund me page in memory of our wonderful colleague and friend Professor Frances Bunn who died recently from bowel cancer.

Professor Frances Bunn died in June 2022 after living with bowel cancer for 20 months. She was Professor of Health and Complex Conditions at the University of Hertfordshire, in the Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care. Frances was a highly valued and influential colleague and a supportive friend to many within and beyond the University.

Frances requested that any money raised via the University be used to support postgraduate research students. We have set up a fund that will be awarded to a research student (or students) who exhibit some of Frances' characteristics in terms of tenacity, integrity and insight into conducting high-quality health and care research. We collected more than £1,000 when Frances retired in October 2021 and now wish to supplement this fund before awarding it to a student(s) in the coming months in her memory.

With many thanks from Frances' friends and colleagues at the University of Hertfordshire


Frances Bunn Student Award, organized by Wendy Wills Professor Frances Bunn died in June 2022 after living with bowel cancer for 20 months. She was… Wendy Wills needs your support for Frances Bunn Student Award


Our Director Prof Wendy Wills was on BBC Look East last night talking about the cost of living crisis and it’s impact on food security for those on low incomes.

Timeline photos 17/06/2022

Jackie Kelly tells us why we're proud to support ❤️ A day to demonstrate support and appreciation for all those participating, undertaking and supporting COVID-19 research.



It is with much sadness that we are letting you know that Frances Bunn passed away peacefully at Thames Hospice last Thursday night. She was diagnosed with bowel cancer some 20 months ago and retired from CRIPACC last October, to maximise the time she had left with her family. Her passing affects us all deeply, Frances worked for the University for nearly 20 years and was a friend and supporter of so many students and staff. She is missed and our thoughts are with Paul and her wider family.

Timeline photos 13/05/2022

Great news for Allied health at the university- which included CRIPACC research.

🥳 We’re proud to announce that Herts is now the top ranked post-92 university, and in the top 25% of all universities, for research impact 🔬

Find out why: http://ow.ly/rI3750J60fL

Timeline photos 10/12/2021

🌲🎅 So thankful for a covid-safe gathering, two years since CRIPACC last had an away day and social get together, it was wonderful to see colleagues, including many who had never met each other in person since joining the department! A good time had by all, including members of our Public Involvement in Research group. Wendy even managed to put everyone’s photos into a slide show 😆👍 and as ever the quiz went down well. Winning team the ‘Noel-it-alls’! Thanks to Chaz and Lindsey for setting the questions 🌲🎅. Wishing all friends and colleagues, past, present and future, a safe and happy festive period.

Photos from Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care's post 10/09/2021

Today we celebrated as 5 of our students were formally awarded their doctorates!

If you’re interested in studying with us- do get in touch.

And this could be you…

Congratulations 🎉👏💐🥂

Timeline photos 26/07/2021

CRIPACC research.

Our research is exploring the help families who are eligible for free school meals need to navigate the benefits system, especially for those new to the benefits system or recently unemployed.

Learn more here: http://ow.ly/F57T50FDpvJ

CONTACT 30/03/2021

CONTACT If you are experiencing mental health issues or are worried about a young person please find a list of websites below which can offer you information and contact details should you need support:


Our 4 briefing papers from a study of food and eating in the East of England during the covid-19 pandemic are launched today. Free to download from:


Mothers with Infants:


Families with young children:


People living with health conditions:


Older People:



Timeline photos 07/01/2021

A new COVID-19 vaccination centre has opened on campus today, helping to protect those most at risk of the disease. The centre is an important step in the national fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read more here: http://hrts.me/go1uT


are sponsoring the Student Nursing Times Awards 2020 with nominations for the Teaching Innovation of the Year and Nursing Associate Training Programme Provider of the Year awards. Join in to find out who wins! studentawards.nursingtimes.net

Reflections on the Radical Citizen Science of Parenting Science Gang 07/10/2020

Research seminar: 'Reflections on the Radical Citizen Science of Parenting Science Gang'
In this seminar, we reflect on the experience of participating as volunteer researchers with Wellcome-funded Parenting Science Gang, a parent-led, Facebook-based, citizen science project, helping to design and carry out research developed by parents.

In this research seminar, we'll briefly cover:
• definitions of citizen science
• the practicalities of running Parenting Science Gang
• its picky eating study
• its study on pregnancy experiences with a high BMI
• its study on (un)gendered parenting
its study on breastfeeding and healthcare experiences
• strengths and weaknesses of the Parenting Science Gang approach.

We'll also brainstorm applying lessons from the Parenting Science Gang approach to seminar participants' own research areas.

• Sophie Payne-Gifford is a social scientist (anthropologist, geographer) working primarily on food systems at the University of Hertfordshire's School of Life Sciences.
• Kate Johnson is a veterinary surgeon, Sophie's jobshare, and an expert on dairy cows.
• Mari Greenfield is a postdoctoral researcher at King's College London working on pregnancy experiences during the COVID19 pandemic.

All welcome: https://bit.ly/2SzQaXy

Reflections on the Radical Citizen Science of Parenting Science Gang In this seminar, we reflect on the experience of participating as volunteer researchers with Wellcome-funded Parenting Science Gang

Timeline photos 05/10/2020

Today marks the start of which makes it the perfect !

This annual campaign aims to raise understanding of in order to spot the signs and prevent the problem.

Stay tuned for 'MAW'...


In our digital age of course we want to take selfies 🤳!!! Throughout the week we want you to get your digital devices out and get snapping to take part in BAPENs selfie challenge.

What do you have to do?
1️⃣ use our selfie card file
2️⃣ Write in the blank space what you think there should be more conversations about when it comes to malnutrition and dehydration – or perhaps you want to share what you’ve been having about recently.
3️⃣ Take a selfie or get someone to take a photo of you holding your suggestions.
4️⃣ If you are posting on Instagram please tag us . On Twitter please tag & , and on Facebook tag . Use hashtags , and

Let’s raise awareness together!!!


Thank God it’s Friday Drinks 🥛☕️🍺🍸🥂🍾🧉

This is the last weekday of celebrating and we wanted to end it on a high.

Get involved in our zoom call from 5pm-5.30pm to discuss all things combating dehydration.

We will have our lovely N**S chair , with co-host having open discussion with everyone on the call about common drinks from their cultural backgrounds that could be used to prevent dehydration and promote optimum health for malnourished individuals.

Get your chai ☕️ , Taiwanese Teas, Irish ☘️ whiskey 🥃 at the ready!!

We will also be having a small reflection talk at the end on how successful the week has been and what advice, initiatives we are going to take forward in futures practice. It will be lots of fun! Not to be missed!!!


To kick start the week we’ve got some delicious cupcakes 🧁 waiting for you!

What is the aim of ? To prevent and avoid Malnutrition and dehydration amongst older adults in the uk 🇬🇧

Good nutrition and hydration are key 🔑 to providing dignified care and facilitating older adults with independence to improve quality of life.

We want to share some thought provoking conversations with you as well as get you involved as part of our selfie challenge 📸


We have a creative competition starting from now until the 8th October! 🎨

What do you have to do❓

We want you to come up with a creative picture which you think helps depict:

“malnutrition with a cultural twist”

It could be hand-drawn ✏️, painted 🖌 or be done digitally 🖥 - the picture could be set in your home country, in a care home, in a hospital etc.

REMEMBER: To add that essence of culture or global foods. MAKE IT UNIQUE ‼️
All entries are to be handed to Jane McClinchy (Dietetics office in the Wright building) or Ruby Davegun ( ) OR emailed to [email protected]

Winners announced on Monday 12th October 2020 🏅🥈🥉




Day 2 of

Let’s spin theNutrition Wheel!!
The nutrition wheel is a wipeable tool designed for use by volunteers, carers and care workers working with older people.
What does it do? identifies people at risk of malnutrition through having a conversation. 💬

If you want to get involved in these exciting conversations be sure to join us on Tuesday!!


We’re supporting Malnutrition Awareness Week, and the Universities fabulous Dietetic and Nutrition students will be doing lots of great activities... including this World Food Cook off!

Thumbs up for Thursday!

As we continue to celebrate we have got some amazing cooking sessions in the diet lab. Some of our volunteers are going to transform into chefs 👩🏽‍🍳 for the day as they cook up some foods from across the globe 🌎.
Not everyone that lives in the UK was necessary born here, thats why we want to celebrate and highlight different cultures and the foods they might eat to combat malnutrition. Were your grandparents from a different country? Do they have a recipe they swear by? Why not share it with us the comment section below ⤵️

A common misconception is if a dish/food item is high in calories that it isn’t hEaLThY. This really might not be the case for different population groups. Some of our dietitians treatment as part of their assessment is prescribing cake 🧁! Remember with dietary advice it always depends!

We will be posting videos from the day, so stay tuned for UoH’s very own MasterChef!

Photos from Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care's post 19/08/2020

Photo competition with PRIZES!


Our Director Wendy Wills... talking about malnutrition and food insecurity in the pandemic.


We replaced our summer picnic this year with an online lemon drizzle cake-off! 14 splendid entries; blind voting during a live Zoom session; worthy winners [L to R: 1st, 2nd, joint 3rd], well done to Megan, Nicole, Tina and Angela + all who participated!

Great fun!


Happy birthday to our NHS

Top Tips for Tricky Times | ARC east of England 30/06/2020

Cross ARC work led by CRIPACC - developing resources for care homes.

Register to download these free resources for sharing and using


Do share these.

Top Tips for Tricky Times | ARC east of England Working with and for care home staff during a pandemic When Covid-19 hit care homes there was no guidance on how to care for older people in long term care. It was as if the sector was hiding in plain sight. To fill the information vacuum some care home managers set up a WhatsApp group, with support...

Timeline photos 28/06/2020

We’re live! Visit the festival stage and enjoy our fantastic line-up now http://hrts.me/mUIaW

Timeline photos 15/05/2020

The coronavirus pandemic highlights the vital role care homes play in the long-term care of older people and must be recognised by policy makers.
Read more and find the new paper co-written by Herts Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care (CRIPACC) here: http://hrts.me/hxDqy

Photos from Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care's post 06/05/2020

**IMPORTANT -New Study**

Looking to interview households & organisations in East of England about the impact of on & eating.

For more info see leaflet, email [email protected] or visit https://bit.ly/3fmLkXz

Please share.

Photos from Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care's post 07/02/2020

Some of the CRIPACC team were in London today for a dissemination of the Dementia Friendly Communities evaluation.

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