Professional and service issues
This theme is about the challenges and concerns faced by organisations and individuals who deliver health and social care. All work within this theme is focused on generating evidence to support and improve organisations’ responses to and management of a particular issue or difficulty.
Current / recently completed research
Workplace Personal Assistants: exploring the role of workplace personal assistants for physically disabled peopleJanuary 2016 - September 2017
An exploration of the role of workplace personal assistants and their relationships with disabled people and colleagues.
Independent financial advice about funding social care in later life – a project exploring evidence and practiceNovember 2016 – December 2017
Exploring the contribution of the social work role in CMHTs for working age adults and older people 1 October 2016 - 30 April 2019
A study to explore the unique contribution of social workers to community mental health teams.
Risk, safety and safeguarding: understanding and application of concepts and implications for integrated care servicesJanuary 2014 - April 2014
This research aims to explore conceptual understandings of risk, safety and safeguarding in different organisational contexts and assess whether any differences might impact on effective integrated service provision or act as barriers to closer working and integration of health and social care.
The LIPOP project: life in paediatric oncology: development and validation of a measure of work-related stresors and rewardsFebruary 2009 – January 2011
The purpose of this project is to develop a measure of the work-related stressors and rewards experienced by staff working in multi-disciplinary teams in paediatric and adolescent oncology treatment centres (doctors, nurses, social workers, play specialists and youth workers).
Personal budgets, direct payments and self-directed support for people with severe mental health problemsJanuary 2012 - December 2013
There is limited evidence of the effectiveness of personalised care in mental health services. This project will carry out initial research to inform the development of a full evaluation programme of personalised care (comprising a personal budget or direct payment and self-directed support), subject to feasibility testing, to provide gold standard evidence of its effectiveness.
Personalisation and carers: the roles of carers in assessment, support planning and managing personal budgetsJanuary 2011 - September 2013
This project will examine how far current practice in social care recognises and balances the needs and interests of service users and informal carers; and how far this practice is consistent with what service users and carers actually want. Clarifying the role of carers within personalisation is particularly important for service users with communication and/or cognitive impairments who depend on carers to communicate their needs and wishes.
People who fund their own social care: a scoping reviewJanuary 2014 - April 2014
This was a short, relatively limited scoping review that aimed rapidly to map recent published evidence about people who fund their own social care, complemented by a focussed search of the websites of key organisations and, if time permitted, a small number of semi-structured interviews with key informants.
Exploring the effects of the economic slowdown on adult social careMarch 2009 - November 2009
This study aims to explore the effects - positive and negative, direct and indirect - of the economic downturn on social care and support services and the consequent impacts on service users.
Risk, safeguarding and personal budgets: exploring relationships and identifying good practiceNovember 2012 - April 2014
This study explored the relationships between safeguarding and personalisation. Safeguarding is about enabling people to maintain independence, well-being and choice, as well as the right to live a life free from abuse and neglect. Personalisation is about tailoring services to the needs of the end user.