19/117 Adult social care partnership

The National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Service & Delivery Research (HS&DR) programme is keen to support capacity building across a wide range of disciplines working in adult social care services and wishes to ensure that its research is conducted in the areas where the health and social care needs are greatest. Through supporting the establishment of novel, sustainable partnerships between social care research and practice, the intention is to improve the effectiveness of decision making by facilitating research utilisation and knowledge mobilisation by those who plan, commission and deliver adult social care services in the UK.

It is anticipated that partnerships supported through this call will lead to the submission of high-quality proposals to the NIHR research programmes in order to increase the evidence base to improve the delivery of social care services and outcomes for people who use services, carers of people in receipt of services, and/or are working in the sector.
Activities supported under this partnership call may include:

  • Fostering network and partnership activities between academic research and social care practice;
  • Supporting cross-disciplinary teams of investigators, particularly to encourage investigators currently working in different disciplines;
  • Enabling capacity building and the development of a critical mass of expertise in social care research, particularly in those geographical areas of greatest need;
  • Providing protected research time for front line social care staff;
  • To add to the evidence base on research utilisation and knowledge mobilisation by social workers;
  • To explore any linkages between better use of research (alongside other forms of knowledge) and improved organisational performance.

Justification as to how the award will lead to the development of sustainable partnerships between research and practice will be required to support applications for funding; networking or research activities alone are likely to be rejected.

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