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Social Care Capacity Building Programme (SHARE)


New Social Care Capacity Building awards are available for social care practitioners working in adult and children’s social care in South London.


To build research capacity in adult and children’s social care by supporting applicants to engage in a range of activities. We welcome applications from social care practitioners wishing to develop their research capacity and capability.

  • Applicants should work in social care in South London and wish to undertake activities such as: research training, developing a research project, or undertaking a placement with a research team.
  • Applicants’ employers must agree to them taking time out from their current role to build research skills (£5000 or £9000 is available for employers).
  • Applicants can tailor flexible activities over a time frame that suits them.
  • Additional funds are available to cover training course fees.

Successful applicants will be able to access a tailored Continuous Professional Development (CPD) capacity building programme. They will be able to choose from options including: mentorship/advice clinic drop-ins, peer learning, research skills and methods training, shadow/design or contribute to research, analysis and evaluation relevant to practice either within their own organisation or as part of an academic-led joint practitioner academic team (CPD placement).

They will be encouraged to build closer links with social care, research-active practitioners and the ARC SL with the aim of developing future research projects. Anyone employed by a South London local authority, care provider or non-profit organisation, such as a charity, is eligible to apply. Practitioners will be prioritised applying from, or on behalf of, underserved communities.

Project Duration

1 April 2024 – 31 March 2026


ARC South London has been awarded funding by the NIHR to build capacity in social care research.

Advisory Group

The programme advisory group will meet bi-annually to review progress.

To get involved

The application form for these awards will be available soon.

If you would like to discuss further, or attend an information session, please contact project lead Maria Brent:

See also

NIHR ARC South London news item (20 February 2024) about this project.

Project Team

Principal Investigator: Cilla Harries, Head of Graduate Research School and Researcher Development, Kingston University, NIHR ARC Academic Career Development Lead and ARC SL Capacity Building Theme Lead.

Deputy Lead: Caroline Norrie, Senior Research Fellow, HSCWRU, KCL (ARC SL Social Care Deputy Theme Lead).

Project Lead: Maria Brent, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Health, Social Care and Education, Kingston University.