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Specialist nursing support for carers of people with dementia
We evaluate how effective they are, their cost and how they operate with other services
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New trials of help for claimants of Employment and Support Allowance
Will more support from Jobcentre Plus staff make a difference?
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How many children in Scotland require palliative care?
What are their needs and those of their families?
social care
Vision Rehabilitation Services
What are the impacts of two different service models?

The Social Policy Research Unit has an international reputation for excellence in research in social policy, especially health and social care, poverty, welfare and social work.

Based at the University of York since it was established in 1973, The Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) has become recognised as one of the leading centres for research in social policy in the UK. Three strong commitments underpin SPRU’s research:

  • to reflect, and communicate, the experiences and views of the users and beneficiaries of services and policy interventions;
  • to recognise that people’s lives do not divide into neat segments which coincide with agency and professional boundaries, and to engage in research which crosses these boundaries;
  • to make our research influential in bringing about change, and therefore to communicate findings effectively to key audiences; and engage actively with policy makers and practitioners in thinking through their implications.

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SPRU is part of the Department of Social Policy and Social Work at the University of York, which is rated number 3 in the country for research quality and equal first for research impact.

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