Jon Glasby, Professor of Health and Social Care at the University of Birmingham and Director of IMPACT, has been appointed as a specialist adviser to the House of Lords Adult Social Care Committee. He will work alongside Anna Severwright, from the #SocialCareFuture movement, so that the two advisers bring a mix of academic and practice experience, as well as lived experience of drawing on care and support.
Chaired by Baroness Andrews, the role of the Committee is to consider the planning for, and delivery of, adult social care services in England. It is a ‘special inquiry committee’, with the House of Lords creating four such time-limited committees per year.
This appointment will see Jon advising on potential witnesses for the inquiry, helping to set the scene for discussions, reflecting on the evidence heard and advising on the production of briefings and the Committee’s final report.
Jon, a qualified social worker by background, is Director of IMPACT, the UK centre for implementing evidence in adult social care. In seeking to ensure that front-line services and practice are more evidence-informed, IMPACT draws on different types of research, the lived experience of people who draw on care and support and their carers, and the practice knowledge of social care staff in order to support practical changes in the reality of local practice.
Good care isn’t just about ‘services’ – it’s about having a life, and adult social care is something that touches all our lives, whether we realise it or not. The Committee is really committed to raising the profile, status and public understanding of adult social care, and this is a welcome opportunity for IMPACT and for the University of Birmingham to contribute to such an important agenda.Jon Glasby, Professor of Health and Social Care at the University of Birmingham and Director of IMPACT
Jon’s research, teaching and policy work focuses on the personalisation of care to avoid a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, and on the joining up of health and social services to better fit the realities of people’s lives.
Jon is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences, a Senior Fellow of the NIHR School for Social Care Research and Adjunct Professor at the School of Public Health, Curtin University, Western Australia.
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About the University of Birmingham
The University of Birmingham is ranked amongst the world’s top 100 institutions. Its work brings people from across the world to Birmingham, including researchers, teachers and more than 6,500 international students from over 150 countries. Its social work programme, which began in 1908, is believed to be the longest-running programme in the UK.
IMPACT (‘Improving Adult Care Together’) is a £15 million UK centre for implementing evidence in adult social care, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, and the Health Foundation. It is led by Professor Jon Glasby at the University of Birmingham, with a Leadership Team of 12 other people drawing on care and support, carers’ organisations, academics and policy and practice partners - along with a broader consortium of key stakeholders from across the sector and across the four nations of the UK.