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NIHR School for Social Care Research: Call for Research Proposals Workshop

Hosted by NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR), Goodenough College, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AB (Click here to see a map)
Tuesday 22 November 2011, 1pm– 4pm

The NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR) will launch its latest Call for Research Proposals in early November 2011 with a submission deadline of January 2012. SSCR will be seeking innovative, high quality research proposals in response to one or more from a framework of questions with a clear element of originality, which demonstrate relevance for, and potential to improve, adult social care practice in England. Proposed projects will be 18-20 months in duration (to conclude no later than the end of March 2014), with an indicative budget of £250,000. Smaller scale proposals addressing one or more of the Call questions will be very welcome. Click here for further information.

An afternoon session will be held by SSCR on 22 November 2011 to provide further information on the Call and related aspects, an opportunity for networking with others and the opportunity to raise any queries.

The event is free of charge and open to all (registration is required). Click here to register for the workshop.

This Workshop forms part of an Open Day that will take place on 22 November 2011 on National Institute for Health Research funding opportunities for health and social care research. Delegates attending the SSCR Workshop will find the Open Day of interest to them.

Click here to register for the NIHR Open Day.

We recommend an early booking as placed are limited.

The Future of Higher Education

Monday 21st November, 2pm
British Academy of Management, Ground Floor, 137 Euston Road, London NW1 2AA

On Monday 21st November at 2pm, Bahram Bekhradnia, Director of the Higher Education Policy Institute is coming to speak about the Future of Higher Education at a special event arranged by the College of Learned Societies, at the offices of the British Academy of Management, Ground Floor, 137 Euston Road, London NW1 2AA  (between Euston and St Pancras stations). Using evidence from HEPI reports, Mr Bekhradnia will present his view of the future shape of HE in England following the publication of the government White Paper: “Putting students at the heart of the system”.

Visit the ACSS website for more information. The meeting is open to any member of the Academy or other interested party.

If you wish to attend this meeting, please visit Eventbrite to reserve your free place.

Sector-led Improvement : Local Approaches and Local Accounts across Social Care and Related Services for Children and adults

Monday 17th October

With the abolition of Comprehensive Area Assessment and Public Service Agreements the sector is placing greater emphasis on self-regulation and improvement.

The Local Government Group (LGG) has set out two key principles:

  • Local authorities are responsible for their own performance and for leading the delivery of improved outcomes for local people in their area.
  • Local authorities are accountable to their local communities. Stronger accountability through greater transparency helps local people drive further improvement

Work is being taken forward by the ‘Promoting Excellence in Councils’ Adult Social Care Programme Board (see page 10), and the Children’s Improvement Board (see page 17)

Some of the challenges facing local authorities and their partners will be discussed at the SSRG event on sector-led improvement on 17th October

All document resources from the day can be downloaded below:

Presentations (in Powerpoint format unless stated otherwise):

Personalisation and Personal Budgets 15 July 2011

Friday 15th July 2011 (9.00am – 4.15pm)
The Techno Centre, Puma Way, Coventry

Organised jointly by SSRG and Coventry University, this event  brings together leading figures in academic and practitioner communities to review the highest quality research evidence and policy analysis about personal budgets and to share issues of importance to both practitioner and academic communities. A range of plenary and group sessions will cover:

  • Operational and practice issues
  • Personalisation and personal budgets – the research evidence
  • The policy and political context

It will be of interest to anyone involved in personalisation and personal budgets whether they work in local authority, academic or care provider settings.

URL for conference:

Click here to download the event programme

Download the booking form (30kb XLS file)

Margaret Butterworth Care Home Forum 19 May 2011 2-4

Free afternoon seminar event put on by the Social Care Workforce Research Unit and University College London,   Room G.3, New Hunt’s House, King’s College London, Guy’s Campus, London Bridge

Three topics: Developing the dementia care workforce: the new qualifications structure; Communication skills training in care homes: does it make a difference?; Good Gossip: Using appreciative inquiry to further EOL care in care homes

Contact Janet Robinson on BY MAY 1st  to book a place

Click here to download flyer (PDF File 119 KB)

SSRG Annual Workshop 2011 : Meeting the Challenge of Change Locally

Sharing innovation and information across social care and related services for children and adults
Monday 7th March 2011

BVSC – The Centre for Voluntary Action, Birmingham

Colleagues from government departments, regulators/arms length bodies, universities, the independent sector and local authorities have been invited to discuss contemporary issues relating to policy and evaluation and to share good practice. Topics include

  • Personalisation
  • Joint Commissioning
  • Children’s Trusts
  • The Children in Need Census
  • The Munro Review
  • The Outcomes Framework for Adult Social Care
  • The ‘Big Society’

Once again this SSRG event provides outstanding value for money and in addition to formal plenary and small group sessions, delegates will have the opportunity to network with colleagues with similar interests and concerns

Attendance at this event can be used as evidence of continuing professional development and ‘certificates of attendance’ will be provided (on request) for your CPD portfolio

Fees: SSRG member £95
Others £155

The Venue

The Centre for Voluntary Action
138 Digbeth
B5 6DR

The venue is close to Birmingham New Street Station