Adult social care: summary of the research plans of the Department of Health Policy Research Units and the commissioned research of the NIHR School for Social Care Research

Document type
Report
Author(s)
Wittenberg, Raphael; Clark, Michael
Publisher
Policy Innovation Research Unit
Date of publication
1 July 2013
Subject(s)
Health Services, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Collection
Social welfare
Material type
Reports

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This report summarises the research plans which the Department of Health (DH) Policy Research Units (PRUs) have developed on adult social care and research projects which the NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR) has commissioned. For the PRUs, it covers research in progress or planned to start shortly and not completed studies. For the SSCR, it covers all the projects which it has commissioned, some of which have recently been completed.


This report was commissioned by the DH from the Policy Innovation Research Unit (PIRU). The purpose is to present on a systematic basis an overview of the research on adult social care funded through the PRUs or SSCR. This is intended to be of value not only to the DH but also to other funders and users of research on adult social care who may find it helpful to have a systematic account of research on adult social care, in progress or planned, commissioned by the DH from its PRUs or by the SSCR.


The paper is structured around the seven themes of the Vision for Adult Social Care, plus a few further themes. The research has been grouped for this purpose by main theme, although many projects cover more than one theme. The ‘people’ theme has been sub-divided between unpaid (informal) carers and workforce, since they are the main studies on these topics. Further themes have been added to the seven themes of the Vision to capture a considerable range of work on quality and outcomes, on financing and on assessment and care management, and a few studies which are mainly methodological.


The themes are prevention, personalisation, partnership, plurality, protection, productivity, social care workforce, carers, quality and outcomes, financing health and social care, assessment and care management, and methodology.