Coronavirus and people with learning disabilities study
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with learning disabilities and factors associated with better outcomes
Chris Hatton (co-Primary Investigator) Richard Hastings (co- Primary Investigator)
Department of Social Care and Social Work, Manchester Metropolitan University (Chris Hatton) Centre for Educational Development, Appraisal and Research, University of Warwick (Richard Hastings)
Primary Investigators: Prof Richard Hastings (University of Warwick), Prof Chris Hatton (Manchester Metropolitan University)
Co-Investigators: Prof David Abbott (University of Bristol), Dr Stephen Beyer (Cardiff University), Dr Jill Bradshaw (University of Kent), Dr Nick Gore (University of Kent), Prof Pauline Heslop (University of Bristol), Prof Andrew Jahoda (University of Glasgow), Anna Marriott (National Development Team for Inclusion), Prof Katrina Scior (UCL), Dr Laurence Taggart (University of Ulster), Prof Stuart Todd (University of South Wales)
Partner organisations: Learning Disability Wales, All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers of People with Learning Disabilities, Scottish Commission for Learning Disability, Promoting A More Inclusive Society (PAMIS), Positive Futures, Mencap Northern Ireland, Learning Disability England, PMLD Link
Researchers: Dr Sue Caton (Manchester Metropolitan University), Dr Samantha Flynn (University of Warwick), Dr Amanda Gillooly (University of Glasgow), Roseann Maguire (University of Glasgow), Dr Edward Oloidi (University of South Wales), Dr Peter Mulhall (University of Ulster)
UKRI-COVID-19 research programme
We are aiming to answer three key questions in this project:
learning disabilities in England and 200 each in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. For the surveys with family carers or paid support staff, we aimed to receive responses from 200 people in England and 100 each in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
This project is designed to have direct input from and relevance to policy-makers, service commissioners and providers, people with learning disabilities and families across the UK throughout the 12-month project. There will be three ‘Waves’ of data collections to capture differences over time during the COVID-19 pandemic, so we will interview or survey all participants three times (once per ‘Wave’) during the project.
There are two Cohorts of participants:
|Sharing the findings||
We will write Easy Read reports, short reports, videos, online presentations, blogposts, and other summaries of urgent and emerging issues. Interim findings will be shared through infographics, Easy Read reports and blogposts.
We will share results throughout the project.
We will also publish peer-reviewed papers in scientific journals.