Funding of £1.7 million committed to new social care research

Funding of £1.7 million committed to new social care research

NIHR SSCR has funded £1.7 million of new research supporting the School’s commitment to improving the evidence base for adult social care practice in England. The School’s research is supported by the National Institute for Health Research’s ongoing efforts in this area.

The 12 new projects funded over recent months includes research from within the School’s seven Core Member Universities and externally-funded awards across a range of themes relevant to adult social care practice. These awards are also supporting the School’s efforts to build capacity for social care research with research proposals submitted from leaders in the field to early career researchers.

Professor Martin Knapp, NIHR SSCR Director, said:

Together, these twelve newly commissioned studies address a wide range of very relevant social care issues, employ various research designs, involve people with experience of using services, carers and professionals in many ways – and will in time deliver important insights. It is great to see them about to start!

Projects include:

Assistive technology and home modifications: outcomes for people living with dementia and their carers, service use patterns and costs
Cate Henderson, London School of Economics and Political Science, 15 months, £74,003 

COVID-19, closeness, and care: The changing provision of direct care for older people in residential and home care settings
Eleanor Johnson, University of Bristol, 18 months, £132,550

Developing a resource to support localities address user and family understanding of, and engagement with, reablement: a development and implementation study
Bryony Beresford, University of York, 31 months, £289,798

Improving experiences regarding the use of digital technologies in interactions between service users and social workers in adult services: a qualitative service user-conducted enquiry to inform best practice
Sophie Sarre, King’s College London, 9.5 months, £99,988

Older men’s mental health and emotional wellbeing: Use of community support groups
Alexandra Vickery, University of Bristol, 18 months, £127,650

SAAIL: Supporting autistic adults’ intimate lives
Monique Huysamen, Manchester Metropolitan University, 18 months, £100,000

SORTED: Improving social care practice in integrating mouth and teeth care in personal care for people living with dementia
Dia Soilemezi, University of Portsmouth, 18 months, £88,880

Supporting people living with dementia in extra care housing
Teresa Atkinson, University of Worcester, 18 months, £96,373

SUSHI: Supporting social inclusion for people with serious mental illness living in supported housing
Brynmor Lloyd-Evans, University College London, 12 months, £99,802 

The contribution of social workers to older people’s wellbeing
Denise Tanner, University of Birmingham, 24 months, £399,052

UCAIRE: Exploring the lived experience in care homes of infection risk and transmission during the COVID-19 pandemic: a mixed-methods study to inform what we can learn for future infectious disease outbreaks
Kathleen Lane, University of East Anglia, 12 months, £99,988

Understanding and supporting older people’s ‘transition’ between different care settings: coproduction of practice guidance for social care practitioners
Wenjing Zhang, University of Kent, 24 months, £99,974

Further details about these projects will be available shortly.

View further details on the School’s funded research.

Thursday, June 10th, 2021

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