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NIHR Policy Research Programme

Core workforce research studies at the Unit

 An outline of the programme of work starting at the Unit in 2024 is available via this March 2024 news item. The studies below, some of which are still publishing, derive from our earlier award (2019-23).

The Visa Study: Understanding the impact of the Health and Care Worker visa on the frontline adult social care workforce

The Visa Study

Evaluating the impact of immigration rule changes on the social care system.



Rapid evidence reviews on workforce topics

About the NIHR Policy Research Programme and the Unit's role

The NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce is core funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Policy Research Programme (PRP) and this page presents our contribution under the programme since we started in 2019. The PRP commissions research across the full policy remit of the Department of Health and Social Care (England).

The Director of the Unit is Professor Annette Boaz.

Under the current NIHR PRP award for the Unit (2024-28), Professor Boaz leads researchers from King's, together with collaborators from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (Elaine Kelly and George Stoye, with Isabel Stockton, Max Warner and Ben Zaranko), the University of Salford (Michelle Cornes), and the London School of Economics (Bo Hu). See also the Unit's Senior Management Team.

An outline of our current programme of work in this award is available on our news pages.

We are one of 20 NIHR Policy Research Units (PRUs) operating under the PRP. As such, we provide both a long-term resource for policy research (our core workforce research studies at the Unit) and a rapid-response service to provide evidence for emerging policy needs (typically through our rapid evidence reviews on workforce topics). We also offer advice to policy makers and analysts on the evidence base and options for policy development.

Social care research from across the PRUs

Showcases of social care related research by the PRUs in 2020 and 2022 were hosted by the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Adult Social Care. See our event page for the showcases in 2023 for onward links.

Search the PRUs

Dr Ruth Wong from the PRU in Economic Evaluation of Health and Care Interventions (EEPRU) has developed a PRU Programmable Custom Search Engine Tool which allows users to search across PRU websites to identify which PRUs have undertaken or are undertaking research in a particular area, to help identify opportunities for cross-working and collaboration and also to identify researchers across PRU websites. 

About us

About us

Informing policy debates on the health and social care workforce.

Unit people


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