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Welcome to the Social Care Workforce Research Unit

The Social Care Workforce Research Unit (SCWRU) at King’s has been conducting research into issues relating to the social care workforce in England since 2002. The Director is Professor Jill Manthorpe.

The Unit exists to develop research knowledge and to disseminate the findings to policymakers, service providers, employers and social care service user and carer groups.

For more about what we do please see our news pages, our research projects, and our recent publications, as well as our programme of seminars and conferences. Also, follow us on Twitter, and read the Social Care Workforce blog.

SCWRU is core funded by the Department of Health (England).

At King's

SCWRU is part of the Policy Institute at King’s within the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy. Our offices are in the Virginia Woolf Building.

The Policy Institute at King's (Director: Professor Jennifer Rubin) is engaged in the translation of academic research at King's to the benefit of policy and practice.

At NIHR School for Social Care Research

Unit Director Professor Jill Manthorpe, Michelle Cornes, Shereen Hussein, Jo Moriarty, Martin Stevens, Kritika Samsi, Maureen Crane and Louise Joly of the Unit are all SSCR Fellows. The School was established in 2009 and is one of the leading funders of research into adult social care practice in England. See more about our SSCR-commissioned work.

Our partnerships

Over the last decade Unit staff have forged links with a wide variety of bodies in the social care and related sectors.


SCWRU is core funded by the Department of Health's Policy Research Programme and receives grants following competitive tender from a variety of funders. See an overview of current work being undertaken specifically for the Policy Research Programme. For information on our relation to current policy see SCWRU and policy.

The SCWRU website also hosts SCWRI

The SCWRU website also hosts the Department of Health Social Care Workforce Research Initiative. The Initiative was made up of nine research projects, all completed, conducted by the following centres: King’s College London; Goldsmiths; the Universities of Manchester, Birmingham and Edinburgh; and, Sharpe Research.



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