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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.

Unit news and events

Featured research: Studies focusing on self-neglect / hoarding behaviours

Unit people


Unit staff – their research interests, current projects, and publications.

Unit blog:

Unit blog:

Innovation in adult social care - the case of Shared Lives

About this website

This research unit is core funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme (Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce: Ref. PR-PRU-1217-21002). The views expressed here are those of the authors and not necessarily those of the NIHR or the Department of Health and Social Care.

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Stephen Martineau