Welcome to the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce
The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Health and Social Care Workforce Research Unit (HSCWRU) exists to develop research knowledge in the health and social care workforce field and to disseminate findings to policymakers, service providers, employers, and patient, service user and carer groups. The Director of the Unit is Professor Annette Boaz.
HSCWRU is an NIHR Policy Research Unit. Core funded by the NIHR’s Policy Research Programme (PRP), we also receive grants following competitive tender from a variety of other funders. We are affiliated with the NIHR School for Social Care Research and the NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South London.
The Unit was established in January 2019, growing out of a policy research unit dedicated solely to the social care workforce, which ran from 2002-2018. On 1 August 2023, the NIHR announced further funding for the Unit, running from 2024-28.
As well as publishing widely in the academic press, the Unit is the base for Making Research Count London, which engages directly with the practitioner community. We also run a broad range of events for practitioners, policymakers, members of the public, and academics in the field.
The Policy Research Unit's Senior Management Team brings together expertise from the Business School, the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, and – beyond King's – from the Institute for Fiscal Studies and Imperial College London. The Unit's Patient and Public Involvement and Engagement Advisory Group is chaired by Valerie Lipman.
29 November 2023
Unit study found evidence of the distinctive impact made by this ‘Inclusion Social Care’ role
23 November 2023
Jess Harris and Jill Manthorpe presented Unit work at a University of Bath conference
23 November 2023
Young carers have prepared a short animation summarising their experiences
07 December 2023
Elaine Kelly: Health Foundation; Institute for Fiscal Studies; NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health…
Featured research: Studies focusing on self-neglect / hoarding behaviours