About SSRG

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The Social Services Research Group (SSRG) is a non-profit making organisation, the purpose of which is to provide a network for research, providing 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 aims to:

  • provide a network of mutual support and a forum for the exchangeand promotion of ideasand information on social and health care services;
  • promote high standards in social and health care services research, information,planning and evaluation;
  • encourage collaboration in social and health care services activities;
  • develop an informed body of opinion on social health care services activities;
  • provide a channel of communication for the collective views of the Groupto central and local government, other professional bodies and the public;
  • sponsor relevant research and identify neglected areas of research;
  • provide, encourage and, where appropriate, sponsor high quality trainingin research techniques. Where SSRG itself provides/organises such trainingany surpluses generates from fee income shall be retained in order to improve and support further similar courses as may be provided in the future.

How is it organised?

SSRG operates at two levels, executive and throughout the UK. Executive SSRG comprises a committee of elected and selected officers, elected members, co-opted members and regional representatives whose principal tasks are to promote the objectives of the Group at national level, and to co-ordinate its activities.

SSRG in the UK

SSRG in Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales and within the English regions exist to provide a focus for members activities in their area.

What does it do?

The Executive Committee

  • publishes a Journal and a Newsletter which are distributed free to all members, and other publications on issues in the social care and healthservices;
  • maintains working links with central government departments, the Associationof Directors of Social Services, Association of Directors of Social Workand other professional bodies;
  • organises an annual three day workshop on a topical theme in social careand health services and occasional day conferences, for which members receivegenerous discounts on fees;
  • co-ordinates the work of special interest groups that provide memberswith an opportunity for contributing to the formulation of SSRG responsesto national policy initiatives and current issues in the social care and health services.

SSRG in the UK:

  • organise meetings focusing on the research, planning and developmentof social care and health services;
  • organise seminars featuring guest speakers on important topics and occasionalday workshops;
  • provide mutual support for members and a forum for the exchange of ideasand information.

What are the benefits of becoming an SSRG Member?

Each year your membership gives you:

  • Discounted entrance to the annual 3 day spring workshop
  • Local workshops arranged by local members,
  • Six editions of the newsletter,
  • Three copies of the SSRG Journal ‘Research, Policy and Planning’,
  • Access to other members,
  • Access to the ‘members only’ section of the SSRG website, including access to other member’s work and research findings, chat rooms, full versionsof the newsletters,
  • The opportunity to comment on health and social care consultations throughthe SSRG response.

Membership rates

The membership rates p.a. are:

£69 for first multiple member and £54 for subsequent member (this includes the benefit of being able to send a substitute to events at the member’s rate, up to the maximum of members within your organisation.
£64 for personal membership
£35 for unwaged
£10 student (for one year only – £35 for subsequent years whilst a student)

The SSRG membership is a diverse one; drawn from researchers, planners, commissioners, policy makers and practitioners from local authorities and health, academic institutions and the independent sector.

For more information contact:

Mark Barton