20/124 – Adult Community Health and Social Care services to avoid planned and unplanned hospital admissions

The Health Services and Delivery Research (HS&DR) Programme are accepting stage 1 applications to this call via the commissioned workstream.

The focus of this call is on the organisation and delivery of adult community health and social care services, and its role in avoiding planned and unplanned hospital admissions. In the context of this call, community health and social care services are services delivered at an individual level to help people manage their health and care needs in a person’s home. Examples might include, but are not limited to, the provision of palliative care, domiciliary care and acute care following a stay in hospital. Typically, these services are overseen by a care professional but often involve a multidisciplinary team which may involve professions such as community and district nurses, healthcare support workers, allied health professionals (AHPs) and social workers.

In order to apply you will need to carefully review the:

All primary research projects are expected to establish a programme appointed Study Steering Committee and it is important that you read the TSC/SSC Guidance before completing your application. Costs incurred by this committee should be included in the budget as appropriate.


  • Call open: 18 November 2020
  • Call close: 1pm on 8 April 2021
  • Remit and competitive decision notification: late May 2021 (only if unsuccessful)
  • Stage 1 shortlisting decision notification: early June 2021
  • Stage 2 writing window: 7 June – 2 August 2021 (8 weeks)
  • Stage 2 funding decision notification: mid-October 2021
  • Suggested study start date: 1 Feb/March 2022

Please note that there is a straight-to-stage-2 call linked to this call:

20/125: update to 2014 York CRD evidence review on interventions to reduce unplanned admissions from care home settings

The purpose of this update is to identify any new evidence of the effects and key characteristics of interventions intended to reduce unplanned hospital admissions for people living in care home settings. This call is invitation only and therefore applicants should contact the HS&DR Programme via hsdrinfo@nihr.ac.uk quoting ‘Community Care – evidence review’ for information about how to apply. Please see further information within the 20/124 commissioning brief.

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