In 'Research' Participatory research themeResearchResearch themesIn 'The Conversation' Back to 'School of Social Policy' Research in the School of Social Policy Within the School of Social Policy, we undertake innovative, exciting, applied research. We believe in research making impact and we aim to build into the research process itself, communities, policy makers and practitioners, so as to ensure that our research travels and impacts upon people's everyday lives. Our research is ethically driven and sensitive, and deeply resonates with local, national and international issues. A series of broad research themes underpin the research activities of the School. These are: Families, policy and professional practice Global community Health and social wellbeing Welfare futures Research expertise across the School currently sits within our Departments. The Health Services Management Centre organises its research around its five areas of work or specialisms: Leadership and organisational behaviour Partnerships, collaboration and integration Clinical and strategic commissioning Quality and innovation in service provision Patient experience and public involvement In addition, there is an over-arching Participatory Research theme, which is cross-cutting across the School's research activities. Research Centres Centre on Household Assets and Savings Management (CHASM) Family Potential: Centre for Policy and Practice Research Institute for Research into Superdiversity (IRiS) Third Sector Research Centre (TSRC) Research Groups Housing and communities Welfare futures View all Health Services Management Centre (HSMC) research projects View all Department of Social Policy and Social Work (SPSW) projects Doctoral Training Centre status The University of Birmingham ESRC Doctoral Training Centre (DTC) is one of 21 across the UK that has been accredited by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC). The University ESRC DTC covers several subject areas (pathways) across the social sciences providing financial and research support to a number of students looking to improve their skills and knowledge through postgraduate study. More information about the ESRC Doctoral Training Centre Research news Posted 29 September 2016 Priorities 2016 summary By Paul Mark Mitchell, Health Economist at the University Of Bristol. This was my first experience of the biennial conference organised by the International Society on Priorities in Health Care. Posted 28 September 2016 NHSCC launch new report to support CCGs in making difficult decisions NHS Clinical Commissioners has today launched a new publication to support CCGs in making difficult decisions about prioritisation of resources and changes to local services. Posted 27 September 2016 Measuring quality in community nursing HSMC's Yvonne Sawbridge has been appointed as a member of the advisory committee for an NIHR funded project 'Measuring quality in community nursing: a mixed methods study (QuICN)' – led by Sue Horrocks and Katherine Pollard at the University of West England.