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 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.
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.