As the researchers responsible for the Vivaldi 1 study, we are very keen to ensure our finding are widely disseminated in a way that the care sector can easily access and share. We are hugely grateful to the sector for their support with this study and especially to the care home managers who took part in the survey for the Vivaldi 1 study. We want to ensure that you and all your colleagues were able to have a handy short summary of the key findings from the study.

Please share far and wide.

Vivaldi part 2 is underway, and we are working with around 100 care homes in England to collect data and blood samples from staff and residents to investigate how many people have an antibody response, who is immune and how long they are immune for. We will be sharing results from that study in the next few months.

Download the Vivaldi summary for care home managers


The NCF is pleased to support the sharing of this summary for care home managers. You may well have heard reference to the Vivaldi study, so it is really helpful to have a short summary for the workforce in the sector.

This research focusses on the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic and is valuable insofar as it goes. The research largely reiterates the conditions that we have long understood to be essential to the delivery of great care – a stable staff team, who are subject to good employment conditions, work in teams or clusters within a home to ensure strong relationships with the people they care for, have a good staff to resident ratios and are not overly reliant on agency staff.

It is testament to the not for profit sector that they have been better able to sustain this favoured level of strong employment practice in the face of the pandemic, and so it is positive to see this approach reinforced by the Vivaldi study and its findings that care homes that were classified as  ‘not for profit’ care were better able to minimise outbreaks within care homes.