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NIHR Policy Research Programme

Core workforce research studies at the Unit


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

This Unit 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 Interim Principal Investigator for the core PRP work of the Unit is Professor Ian Kessler.

We are one of 15 NIHR Policy Research Units operating under the PRP. As such, we provide both a long-term resource for policy research (our core workforce research studies at the Unit above) and a rapid-response service to provide evidence for emerging policy needs (through our rapid evidence reviews on workforce topics above). We also offer advice to policy makers and analysts on the evidence base and options for policy development.

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.

On 1 August 2023, the NIHR announced that the Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce had been awarded funding under the Policy Research Programme for a further five-year period, running from 2024-28.

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.