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.

Glasby, J, Miller, R & Needham, C 2015, Adult social care. in L Foster, A Brunton, C Deeming & T Haux (eds), In defence of welfare. 2nd edn, Social Policy Association, pp. 94-97. <>

Glasby, J, Yeates, N, Haux, T, Jawad, R & Kilkey, M 2010, Adult Social Care. in In defence of welfare: the impacts of the spending review.

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