Research and policy round-up

The Feeling at Home project has been funded by NIHR School for Social Care Research to explore with people with learning disabilities living in group homes with staff support what helps or gets in the way of the feeling at home where they live. In this seminar, research team members will present findings from research and policy that throw light on this important topic.


Introduction to the webinar by Professor Christine Bigby, co-author of Group Homes for People with Intellectual Disabilities (2009).

  • Dr Deborah Chinn (KCL): A review of policy on homelike environments in group homes
  • Dr Katy Brickley (KCL) and Shalim Ali, Quality Checker, Choice Support: Involving end-users in inspection and regulation of public services: a systematic review
  • Dr Andrew Power (University of Southampton: Emotional geographies of home
  • Dr Tony Levitan (Sussex Partnership) Evidenced-based frameworks for improving quality of residential support

Following the presentations, we will invite discussion from an invited panel including:

  • Jeremy Porteus, Chief Executive, Housing Learning Improvement Network (LIN)
  • Ed Hall, Reader, Geography and Environmental Science, University of Dundee
  • Jeanette Blackburn, Regulatory Policy Manager, CQC
  • Christine Burke, Director, Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities
  • Other members of the Feeling at Home Advisory Group, including residential service providers and experts by experience

Following the panel discussion, there will be an open discussion with comments and questions welcome from all participants.


To register for a free ticket visit Eventbrite.