The School for Social Care Research

The School for Social Care Research (SSCR) is funded by the National Institute for Health Research. The University of Birmingham joined the School in 2019.  The SSCR is a current partnership between 7 centres in social care research in England, The Universities of Birmingham, York, Bristol, Kent and Manchester, Kings College London and the London School of Economics and Political Science. SSCR is a key part of the broader adult social care research taking place within the School of Social Policy. 

The University of Birmingham’s social care researchers will join the School to help shape its strategy and undertake ground-breaking research to improve practice.

The School funds adult social care research and training for researchers wanting to find out more about the best ways to improve social care practice. It brings together leading academic centres for social care research in England, and supports internationally leading research in social care to improve the wellbeing of people needing care and support.

Researchers in the School of Social Policy at the University of Birmingham have a strong track record of research into reducing, delaying and preventing the need for social care and exploring alternative types of care. Membership of SSCR provides an opportunity to build on existing strengths in research into wellbeing and prevention; funding care appropriately; designing effective care markets; and improving integration with health services.

Further information

Please contact Professor Catherine Needham or Mrs Ann Evans


Glasby, J 2021, 'Adult social care in England: more disappointment, delay, and distraction', British Medical Journal, vol. 374, n2242.

Alexander, C 2021, 'Affects of policy design: the case of young carers in the Care Act 2014 and the Children and Families Act 2014', Social Policy and Administration.

Willis, P, Lloyd, L, Hammond, J, Milne, A, Nelson-Becker, H, Perry, E, Ray, M, Richards, S & Tanner, D 2021, 'Casting light on the distinctive contribution of social work in multidisciplinary teams for older people', British Journal of Social Work, vol. 2021, no. 00, bcab004.

Needham, C, Allen, K, Burn, E, Hall, K, Mangan, C, Al-Janabi, H, Tahir, W, Carr, S, Glasby, J, Henwood, M & McKay, S 2021, 'How do you shape a market? Explaining local state practices in adult social care', Journal of Social Policy.

Griffiths, M, Hummell, E, Fisher, K, Borg, S, Needham, C & Venning, A 2021, 'Organisations adapting to dual aspirations of individualisation and collaboration in the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) market', Australian Journal Of Public Administration.

Needham, C, Griffiths, E & Mangan, C 2021, '‘While you’re there, can you just…’ the emotional labour of role extending in public services', Public Money & Management.

Tanner, D 2020, ''The love that dare not speak its name’: the role of compassion in social work practice', British Journal of Social Work, vol. 50, no. 6, pp. 1688–1705.

Needham, C, Mangan, C, Bottom, K & Parker, S 2020, Elected Officials in an Era of Austerity: Stewards, Mediators, and Catalysts. in H Sullivan, H Dickinson & H Henderson (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of the Public Servant.

Henwood, M, Glasby, J, Mckay, S & Needham, C 2020, 'Self-funders: Still By-Standers in the English Social Care Market?', Social Policy and Society, pp. 1-15.

Henwood, M, McKay, S, Glasby, J & Needham, C 2020, 'Self-funders: still by-standers in the English social care system?', Social Policy and Society.

Needham, C, Allen, K, Burn, E, Hall, K, Mangan, C, Al-Janabi, H, Tahir, W, Carr, S, Glasby, J, Henwood, M, McKay, S & Brant, I 2020, Shifting Shapes: how can local care markets support personalised outcomes?.

Tanner, D, Nelson-Becker, H, Lloyd, L, Milne, A, Perry, E, Ray, M, Richards, S & Willis, P 2020, Strengths-based social work with older people. in AN Menenhall & MM Carney (eds), Rooted in Strengths: Celebrating the strengths perspective in social work. University of Kansas, pp. 327-346.

Glasby, J & Needham, C 2020, 'The neglect of adult social care during covid-19', BMJ, vol. 370, pp. m3103.

Tanner, D, Ward, L & Ray, M 2020, Understanding the social care crisis in England through older people's lived experiences. in P Urban & L Ward (eds), Care ethics, democratic citizenship and the state. Springer, pp. 219-239.

Hall, K, Needham, C & Allen, K 2019, 'Micro entrepreneurship in the care sector: motives, values and practices', Voluntary Sector Review, vol. 10, no. 3, pp. 311–328.

Gofen, A, Blomqvist, P, Needham, C, Warren, K & Winblad, U 2019, 'Negotiated compliance at the street level: Personalizing immunization in England, Israel and Sweden', Public Administration, vol. 97, no. 1, pp. 195-209.

Allen, K, Needham, C, Hall, K & Tanner, D 2019, 'Participatory research meets validated outcome measures: tensions in the co-production of social care evaluation', Social Policy and Administration, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 311-325.

Tanner, D 2019, Resilience and Older People. in N Thompson & G Cox (eds), Promoting Resilience: Responding to Adversity, Vulnerability, and Loss. Routledge, pp. 121-126.

Needham, C 2018, 'Best of Both Worlds; Comment on "(Re) Making the Procrustean Bed? Standardization and Customization as Competing Logics in Healthcare"', International Journal of Health Policy and Management , vol. 7, no. 4, 11, pp. 356-358.

Glasby, J, Needham, C, Allen, K, Hall, K & McKay, S 2018, 'The Goldilocks Question: What Size is 'Just Right' for Social Care Providers?', International Journal of Care and Caring, vol. 2, no. 1, pp. 65-87.

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