Introducing the Initiative
The Social Care Workforce Research Initiative was funded by the Policy Research Programme at the Department of Health and managed by Dr Carol Lupton, with support from Prof Hazel Qureshi and Ms Marie McNay. The Initiative began in June 2007 and included nine projects, of varying lengths, all now completed.
Overview and synthesis
DH Social Care Workforce Research Initiative 2007-11, Overview and Synthesis (pdf, 1.08 MB) by Hazel Qureshi and Marie McNay. Executive Summary, 14pp (pdf, 144 KB). (Published August 2011.)
All projects have now reported - Final reports are available on the Project overview page and on individual project pages.
Aims of the Initiative
The Social Care Workforce Research Initiative aimed to generate knowledge, based on rigorous research, and to:
- improve our understanding of the individual and wider socio-economic factors affecting recruitment, retention and quality of the social care workforce.
- examine the impact of developments in the social care workforce on the quality of care provided to service users.
- inform the future development of workforce-related strategies designed to achieve improvement in the outcomes of social care for adults.
The central objective of the research was to support efforts to address recognised workforce issues, and this aim was addressed through nine research projects covering: recruitment and retention; graduating in social work; skills, training and qualifications; and new ways of working. The Initiative examined a wide range of issues relevant to the current operation and future development of the social care workforce. It focused on all aspects of social care, in people’s own homes, in day settings, and in care homes, covering both statutory and non-statutory sectors. Coordination of the Initiative was designed to add value by:
- identifying and developing the intellectual connections between the individual studies.
- encouraging and supporting methodological innovation within and across the individual studies.