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Welcome to the NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit

The NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit (HSCWRU) is a research partnership between King’s College London and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Our formal name is NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce.

The Unit 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.

HSCWRU is a National Institute for Health Research Policy Research Unit, core funded by the NIHR’s Policy Research Programme, (press release announcing our formation). It also receives grants following competitive tender from a variety of other funders.

Established in January 2019, HSCWRU’s Director is Professor Jill Manthorpe (The Policy Institute). Research partners are drawn from the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing, Midwifery & Palliative Care, King’s Business School and the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Read about our Patient & Public Involvement and Engagement.

At King's

HSCWRU is part of the Policy Institute within the Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy. Our offices are in the Virginia Woolf Building.

The Policy Institute (Director: Professor Bobby Duffy) is engaged in the translation of academic research at King's to the benefit of policy and practice.

At NIHR School for Social Care Research

In May 2019, HSCWRU joined with six other partner institutions in the next five-year phase of the School's work. The School for Social Care Research (SSCR) was established in 2009 and is one of the leading funders of research into adult social care practice in England.

Unit Director Professor Jill Manthorpe, Michelle Cornes, Jo Moriarty, Martin Stevens, Kritika Samsi, Maureen Crane and Louise Joly of HSCWRU are all SSCR Fellows. 

See more about our SSCR-commissioned work.

NIHR Applied Research Collaboration South London 

The National Institute for Health Research funds local collaborations to support applied health research and research on implementation of health and care evidence into day-to-day practice. Staff at the NIHR Policy Research Unit in Health and Social Care Workforce are leading on the NIHR ARC South London’s Social Care theme.



About the website

This is a transitional website for HSCWRU based on that of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit (2002-2018). A new site is being developed for HSCWRU.

Contact: Stephen Martineau



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