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) - date for diaries Tuesday 15th March. Venue is Birmingham Voluntary Services Centre (BVSC) in Birmingham

SSRG Annual Workshop 2015 - Evidencing Service Improvement for Vulnerable Children and Adults
15 April – New Academic Building, London School of Economics

More details and presentations Supported by NIHR School for Social Care www.sscr.nihr.ac.uk.

Getting it together – Making the National Health & Wellbeing Outcomes work. Thursday 3rd December 2015, from 10.00am to 15.30pm: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Old High School, Infirmary Street, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

Download  Programme and Booking Form here

A jointly sponsored FREE conference for operational, policy, performance and planning managers in Health & Social Care and Third Sector Interfacesto enhance learning, comparison andsharing. With an overarching theme of the Integration of Health and Social Care,topics willinclude:

  • Collaborative Action Research
  • Health & WellbeingOutcomes
  • HSCBN Reshaping Care; Re-ablement and Step up/Step downProjects
  • Adapting for Change: HousingSolutions
  • Health and Social Care Data Integration and IntelligenceProject
  • Using information about personal outcomes: the critical link topractice

Though places are limited, the event is free to all members of the Health and Social Care Benchmarking Network (HSCBN), the Social Services Research Group (SSRG) and Third SectorInterface officers.

Further details and how to book a place will soon be posted to: http://www.hscbn.ed.ac.uk

Home page updated 23/11/2015 Martin Stevens


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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