We are an independent network of individuals who provide a range of research information, planning and evaluation in social care and health services. SSRG members are drawn from a wide range of professional groups and organisations sharing a common interest in the work of the caring services.

SSRG events

SSRG Annual Workshop (2016) – Sharing Knowledge and Resources to improve Practice and Outcomes

Tuesday 15th March. Venue: Birmingham Voluntary Services Centre (BVSC) (Directions)

Final Programme and Booking form now available

Details of presentations

Presentations now available

This event gave covered the latest approaches and requirements to generate, use and share data within and between agencies

This event was supported by: NIHR School for Social Care Research (SCCR) www.sscr.nihr.ac.uk


Executive Committee nominations

Please consider standing or encouraging fellow SSRG members to stand for election to the SSRG Executive Committee. This is a chance to influence the agenda and help ensure an active future for SSRG. Elections are held at the Annual General Meeting, which takes place during the Annual Workshop. Please use this nomination form. Please note, all nominations must be completed by and nominate SSRG members only. 

Home page updated 17/03/2016 Martin Stevens


Research, Policy and Planning

The latest edition of the Research, Policy and Planning Journal – Vol 31(3) – has now been released. Not a member?  Click here to join.

Page updated 16/03/2016 Shelley Nix

Health Research Authority: appointments to the Confidentiality Advisory Group

The Confidentiality Advisory Group (CAG) is looking to appoint new members to help it deliver its existing and future functions. The CAG provides the Health Research Authority (HRA) and the Secretary of State for Health (SofS) with independent expert advice about applications for access to confidential patient information. The work of the Group is challenging, but it is also immensely rewarding. The information pack contains full details on the role, how to apply, the application form and equality monitoring. Click here for further details

Research capacity, knowledge, skills and use in Councils with Adult Social Care Responsibilities – SSRG Survey published

This survey was funded by the PSSRU – through the Social Care Evidence in Practice project

Press release available here

Full report available here

Research, Policy and Planning

The Social Care Evidence in Practice (SCEiP) project special issue of Research, Policy and Planning – Vol 31(2) – is now published by way of open access.

Updated 17/09/2015 Shelley Nix

The new edition of Research, Policy and Planning, Vol 31(1), is now available.  Not a member?  Click here to join.

Coming soon is the second edition of this volume of the journal, sponsored by the Social Care Evidence in Practice (SCEiP) project led by the PSSRU – London School of Economics and Political Science, with support from the NIHR School for Social Care Research and funding from LSE’s Higher Educational Innovation Fund. Check this page for open accessibility to the themed articles featured within Research, Policy and Planning Vol 31(2).

Updated 19/07/2015 Shelley Nix

Other news

LARIA conference  – 2015 – Researching Together to Protect Vulnerable People 18/11/2015

The next LARIA One Day Conference will be held on 18th November 2015 at Robinson College, University of Cambridge. Please save the date now – Bookings will be open August 2015. We want speakers who can show recent research that involves joint working to solve issues relating to the vulnerable people in the title. You could discuss a project you have worked on, how you are working with partners, the value your organisation has placed on research or anything else you think might be of interest to LARIA members. We are open to any ideas. 

To submit ideas to present then please complete the Laria One Day Conference 2015 – Call for Papers Do and return to admin@laria.org.uk by no later than Thursday, 25th June 2015.
If you are interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the LARIA One Day Conference, please take a look at our Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities.
if you have queries you can contact Sarah Welsh, Conference Organiser by email admin@laria.org.uk or by phone on 0845 676 9598.

NIHR School for Social Care Annual Conference 24/04/2015

New Academic Building, London School of Economics

The NIHR School for Social Care Research’s Annual Conference will bring together researchers, policy-makers, managers, commissioners, providers, people who use services, carers and practitioners, among others and provide an opportunity to hear about emerging evidence from across SSCR’s commissioned studies and implications for adult social care practice. The Conference will feature contributions from experts and practice colleagues in the adult social care field,

Keynote speakers include Richard Hawkes (Chair, Care and Support Alliance; Chief Executive, Scope UK) on the future of social care, and Helena Herklots (Chief Executive, Carers UK) on carers and the Care Act. A panel discussion will take place on future priorities across research, policy and practice, and our next open call for research proposals will be launched.

The event is free but places are limited so register now to avoid disappointment.

Social Care Elf

In November, the Social Care Elf was launched – a great place to  find accessible research evidence and comment – see latest blogs by Robin Miller, Sarah Carr and Martin Stevens

The Social Care Elf is jointly funded by Minervation Ltd, the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the LSE and the NIHR School for Social Care Research as part of the Social Care Evidence in Practice (SCEiP project). Supporting organisations include Making Research Count, the Social Services Research Group and the Social Care Institute for Excellence. – See more at: http://www.thesocialcareelf.net/about/#sthash.Saxdz86G.dpuf.

If you would like to blog for the Social Care Elf, please contact the Social Care Elf using this address: feedback@thesocialcareelf.net (address to Sarah Carr, who is the Chief Blogger).



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