NIHR School for Social Care Research
SPRU is one of the founding members of the national School for Social Care Research.
The School for Social Care Research, funded by the National Institute for Health Research, formally began work in May 2009. SPRU was an original member of SSCR and after bidding successfully in 2013 were invited to be part of the second wave of the School (2014-2019). The SSCR is a current partnership between 5 centres in social care research in England, The Universities of York, Bristol, Kent and Manchester and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
- The mission of the NIHR SSCR is to develop the evidence base for adult social care practice by commissioning and conducting world-class research.
- We use a broad and inclusive description of adult social care, encompassing the wide range of care and support that is available and used by adults; the diversity of services and service providers of adult social care; and care and support provided through informal care, self care and self-funded care.
Current / recently completed research
The INSIGHT project: Isolation and loneliness for people with sight loss in care homesAugust 2017 - April 2019
This study will explore current provision for the identification and prevention of loneliness and social isolation in older people with sight loss in care homes.
The PEDRO study: partnerships between deaf people and hearing dogsOctober 2016 - March 2020
The PEDRO study is evaluating and exploring hearing dog partnerships. The aim of the study is to understand the impacts and experiences of these partnerships, and their place within wider support and provision for deaf people and people with hearing loss.
Exploring the contribution of the social work role in CMHTs for working age adults and older people October 2016 - 30 April 2019
A study to explore the unique contribution of social workers to community mental health teams.
Independent financial advice about funding social care in later life – a project exploring evidence and practiceNovember 2016 – December 2017
This study explored existing research and current practice regarding independent financial advice about funding social care in older age.
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.
The IRIS project: Improving Rehabilitation for People with Impaired SightSeptember 2015 - May 2018
The project examines the effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of two types of community-based vision rehabilitation services funded by LAs in England.
The SIgN project: self-funders and information needsFebruary 2015 - October 2016
This project will produce a short film and leaflet to help people looking for care and support as they get older.