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Strategic partnerships

The NIHR Health & Social Care Workforce Research Unit benefits from relationships forged by its predecessor, the Social Care Workforce Research Unit. Between 2002 - 2018 researchers at SCWRU developed links with a variety of bodies in the social care and related sectors. This page describes, in alphabetical order, the most important of these, along with the name of the main liaising HSCWRU researcher.

Age UK | Age UK London | Alzheimer's Society | BroadwayCare Sector Alliance Cumbria | Centre for Policy on Ageing | Centrepoint | The College of Occupational Therapists | Dementia Action AllianceFrameworkInstitute of Pychiatry, KCL | International Centre for Mental Health Social Research | International Longevity Centre | Ipsos MORI | Making Research CountMargaret Butterworth Care Home Forum | Race Equality FoundationRevolving Doors Agency | St Anne's Community Services | Sequeli | Social Services Research Group | Social Work History Network | Thames Reach | University of Bergen

Age UK

Much of the Unit’s work is about the impact of the social care workforce on older people and we have worked with Age UK as part of its mission to provide accessible and trustworthy information about and to older people. Jo Moriarty and Jill Manthorpe worked closely with Age UK staff to deliver a literature review on the impact of the Equality Act 2010 and Jo Moriarty is currently helping develop a resource looking at Age UK’s work with older people from minority ethnic groups. We have roles in advising Age UK about research and its staff about the best evidence—Jo Moriarty.

Age UK London

The Unit has strong ties with Age UK London (formerly Age Concern London), and hosts an annual joint conference in partnership with Age UK London and the Greater London Forum for Older People, bringing together a unique mix of delegates. Conferences are well attended by older people representing wider networks of users and carers across London as well as by staff and trustees of Age UK local organisations, all of whom are offered free attendance. These conferences are also CPD certified, disseminating emerging research findings to social care practitioners and managers as part of the Unit’s Making Research Count programme of activities, and so contributing to the Continuing Professional Development of social workers. The Unit and Age UK London have conducted seven joint conferences to date: 'Compassionate care' (February 2015); 'Ageing and housing' (February 2014); ‘Invisible communities’ (January 2013); 'Addressing equalities' (January 2012); 'Challenging times' (March 2011); 'Personalisation' (January 2010); and, 'Dignity in care' (June 2008)—Jess Harris.

Alzheimer’s Society

We have close ties with the Alzheimer’s Society, and have assisted them in producing two key resources they distribute to people with dementia and carers, commissioners and other stakeholders: (1) a study and report on financial abuse amongst people with dementia; (2) their factsheets on planning for care and decision-making, for people with dementia and carers. Jill Manthorpe is a member of the Alzheimer's Society's Grant Advisory Board—Kritika Samsi.

Broadway

The Unit is working closely with Broadway, a body supporting homeless and vulnerably housed people across London, in its Rebuilding Lives study. The study is examining the outcomes after five years for homeless people who have been rehoused and their longer-term support needs. Managers and practitioners from Broadway have been involved in the design of the study, and are helping researchers to trace the study participants. They will also assist with disseminating the findings within their organisation, and to policy-makers and the wider social care practice community—Maureen Crane.

Care Sector Alliance Cumbria

Care Sector Alliance Cumbria (CSAC) is an employer-led alliance of over 200 social care organisations. SCWRU first became involved with CSAC following research into agency workers. This was carried out as part of the Department of Health’s Social Care Workforce Research Initiative. Following on from this SCWRU maintained close working relationships with CSAC, assisting in the development of a number of innovative front line projects such as an ‘Emotional Loyalty’ training programme for domiciliary care workers. SCWRU’s role as been to enable CSAC to move toward evidence-based practice (through advice and support around evaluation) and to assist in generating impact by supporting CSAC to publish its work. This is an example of how SCWRU is able to forge supportive local partnerships through the delivery of national research—Michelle Cornes.

Centre for Policy on Ageing

We work closely with the Centre for Policy on Ageing (CPA) as partners and have a governance role in the charity. Jill Manthorpe is a Trustee of the Centre and Jess Harris works with the Centre on joint seminar events and meetings. CPA has also supported the Unit with access to specialist library resources – for example, investigating sources of secondary data about elder abuse—Jill Manthorpe.

Centrepoint

SCWRU is working closely with Centrepoint on research about homelessness and housing support practice. Centrepoint is the leading youth homelessness charity working with homeless young people aged 16-25, and works with over 1000 young people a year across London and the North East. They are a research partner on the Rebuilding Lives study, which is funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research. It is the first study in the UK to examine the outcomes after five years for single homeless people who have been rehoused, and their longer-term support needs. Centrepoint staff are bringing their expertise of youth homelessness to the study. They will assist with disseminating the findings to policy-makers, service-providers and practitioners who have an interest in helping vulnerable and disadvantaged young people—Maureen Crane.

The Royal College of Occupational Therapists

The Unit works with The Royal College of Occupational Therapists in developing OT resources for social care providers and practitioners. Links are particularly strengthened by OT interest in the presentations and debates at the Margaret Butterworth Care Home ForumJill Manthorpe.


Dementia Action Alliance

We are part of the Dementia Action Alliance, a network of over 480 organisations around the country, working towards delivering on the Alliance’s National Dementia Declaration, a set of ambitious and achievable goals designed to support people with dementia and their carers to live well with the condition, through key targets that organisations aim to meet—Kritika Samsi.

Framework

Framework in Nottinghamshire, a charity seeking to prevent homelessness, is a partner in the Rebuilding Lives study, funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research. The study is examining the outcomes after five years for homeless people who have been rehoused and their longer-term support needs. Managers and practitioners from Framework have been involved in the design of the study, and are helping researchers to trace the study participants. They will also assist with disseminating the findings within their organisation, and to policy-makers and the wider social care practice community—Maureen Crane.

Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, MSc in Dementia Studies

The Unit works in partnership with Institute of Psychiatry lecturers on this innovative multi-disciplinary Master’s programme. This year Unit staff supervised and supported students undertaking their dissertations on care home workers’ work satisfaction and on Indian care home workers in the UK, both undertaken by community practitioners, including a social worker. The Unit has used its contacts in the care sector to assist in recruitment and dissemination of the research—Jill Manthorpe.

International Centre for Mental Health Social Research

The International Centre for Mental Health Social Research (ICMHSR) at University of York brings together researchers from around the world to undertake a unique research programme applying social science to mental health practice. The collaboration meets a need for research into the social, economic and cultural factors which help to enhance mental well-being and support recovery from mental distress.
Meredith Newlin is jointly working in the SCWRU and ICMHSR to research social perspectives in mental health. She is currently conducting ICMHSR’s first research project, assessing the feasibility of translating social interventions to low and middle-income countries—Meredith Newlin.

International Longevity Centre

The Unit works with the International Longevity Centre (ILC) offering research advice to its staff and assisting with projects. Jill Manthorpe is a member of the ILC Research Advisory Committee and a regular attender at its events—Jill Manthorpe.

Ipsos MORI

Ipsos MORI (IM) and KCL have a wider strategic partnership. Recently the Unit has developed a particular relationship with IM, initially through planning a joint launch event for the evaluations of Jobs First (SCWRU) and Right to Control (IM). Further collaboration is planned, including potential secondary analysis of data collected by IM—Martin Stevens.

Making Research Count

Making Research Count (MRC) is a network comprising the social work/care departments of 10 English universities, each of which have forged partnerships with local agencies (some 60 in total) that include children’s and adults’ services, health trusts and independent sector organisations. By means of a continuing programme of conferences, seminars and workshops, MRC promotes communication between those examining social care in the English context and those engaged in it. King’s College London has participated as one of the 10 universities in MRC since April 2005 through the Social Care Workforce Research Unit (SCWRU). James Blewett of SCWRU is both MRC co-ordinator for London, and current national Chair of the organisation. The Unit, led by its Director Professor Jill Manthorpe, takes an active role in MRC dissemination programmes—James Blewett.

Margaret Butterworth Care Home Forum

We host, organise and chair the Margaret Butterworth Care Home Forum, hosting three sessions every year, where care home sector staff working in dementia care get a chance to hear about pioneering developments in research in this area. Numbers of attendees are increasing, and we regularly receive requests to present. Due to the growing popularity of this forum, we are now increasing the number of sessions to four per year, starting in 2014—Kritika Samsi.

Race Equality Foundation

The Race Equality Foundation works with a range of community, voluntary, statutory and social enterprise sectors to help promote race equality in the services they deliver. Jo Moriarty has worked with the Race Equality Foundation almost since its inception, helping as an author and expert reader on their social care related 'Better Health and Better Housing' briefing papers—Jo Moriarty.

 

Revolving Doors Agency

SCWRU often uses strategic partnerships to generate research impact. An example of this is the ESRC Multiple Needs and Exclusions Community of Practice Development Programme. This work was delivered in partnership with Revolving Doors Agency. Revolving Doors is a national charity which has an established track record in policy development working with a wide network of frontline service providers across criminal justice and homelessness. The Director of Partnerships at Revolving Doors (Catherine Hennessy) described the value of working with SCWRU as follows: ‘Access to theoretical insights and the knowledge base about the problems facing practitioners working with multiple needs and exclusions has been particularly helpful in framing our own work and SCWRU has had interesting ideas about how we might develop this work in the future. Working with SCWRU has enabled us to reach new academic audiences through opportunities to present jointly at conferences and to publish in academic journals. However, we have also hugely valued SCWRU’s ability to share complex ideas with a non-academic audience both orally and in writing’. SCWRU liaison—Michelle Cornes.

St Anne's Community Services

St Anne's Community Services in South Yorkshire are a partner in the Rebuilding Lives study, and its homelessness services in Sheffield and Leeds are taking part. The aims of the study are to examine the outcomes after five years for homeless people who have been rehoused and their longer-term support needs and how these are met. Staff from St Anne's have been involved in the design of the study, and are helping researchers to contact participants. They will also assist with disseminating the findings to policy-makers and the wider social care practice community in their area—Maureen Crane.

Sequeli

Sequeli is a social enterprise not-for-profit limited company led by a social worker who has retrained in the law. It aims to promote and improve the learning of lessons following serious untoward incidents in the children, adults, mental healthcare and criminal justice services in the UK.
Professor Jill Manthorpe and James Blewett are both Associates of Sequeli. They join with other members of the company in developing training materials for adult social care and other agencies undertaking inquiries and reviews, such as materials published by the Home Office and by the Department for Education. In 2013 Sequeli undertook training on adult serious case reviews for a large number of practitioners and managers in Birmingham. This training activity complements the Unit’s research on serious case reviewsJill Manthorpe.

Social Services Research Group

The Social Services Research Group (SSRG) is a networking organisation for social care and social work research, performance management and information gathering. SCWRU works closely with SSRG: Martin Stevens is chair; all SCWRU staff are members of SSRG; and all meetings of the SSRG Executive Committee are held in KCL rooms. The Unit has had a long history with SSRG: Jill Manthorpe and Jo Moriarty edited Research Policy and Planning, the SSRG journal for several years and Jill has been Vice-Chair. In addition we mutually publicise events through our various networks and frequently Unit members are invited to speak at SSRG events—Martin Stevens.

Social Work History Network

The Social Work History Network is an informal network of social workers, historians, archivists, researchers and teachers in higher education, social work policy makers and practitioners. It meets to hear talks three or four times a year. The Unit has supported Network activities since 2005: providing a venue, administrative support, and, from late 2013 hosting the website—Stephen Martineau.

Thames Reach

Thames Reach is a research partner in an innovative study funded by the NIHR School for Social Care Research. The Rebuilding Lives study is examining the outcomes after five years for homeless people who are rehoused and their longer-term support needs. Managers and practitioners from Thames Reach have been involved in the design of the study, and are helping researchers to make contact with the study participants. They will also assist with disseminating the findings within their organisation, and to policy-makers and the wider social care practice community—Maureen Crane.

University of Bergen

Professor Karen Christensen of the Department of Sociology at the University of Bergen recently completed a spell at SCWRU as Visiting Research Fellow (Sept 2011 – July 2013) and we hope to welcome one of her colleagues in a similar capacity soon. Professor Christensen worked together with Shereen Hussein on the ROWM network, on a cross-national Norwegian/British social study of migrants in care work, and wrote for our blog. She also arranged a hugely successful visit from a group from Bergen for a joint seminar, which highlighted the contrast between the Norway and UK contexts—Stephen Martineau.

 


 

Age UK | Age UK London | Alzheimer's Society | Broadway | Care Sector Alliance Cumbria | Centre for Policy on Ageing | Centrepoint | The College of Occupational Therapists | Dementia Action Alliance | FrameworkInstitute of Pychiatry, KCL | International Centre for Mental Health Social Research | International Longevity Centre | Ipsos MORI | Making Research Count | Margaret Butterworth Care Home Forum | Race Equality Foundation | Revolving Doors Agency | St Anne's Community Services | Sequeli | Social Services Research Group | Social Work History Network | Thames Reach | University of Bergen

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