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LSE leads £15 million consortium to improve social care practices

Martin-Knapp140pixelsLSE’s Professor Martin Knapp has been reappointed Director of the School for Social Care Research (SSCR), which has been awarded a second, five-year term following a £15 million funding injection from the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR).

Martin Knapp, Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Personal Social Services Research Unit at LSE, will lead the new phase of SSCR from 2014-2019, working with colleagues from the Universities of Bristol, Kent, Manchester and York.

The SSCR was established in May 2009 to conduct world-class research to improve adult social care practices in England. Since its establishment it has commissioned over 56 research studies involving more than 192 Fellows and engaged with a vast number of organisations in the social care sector.

The renewed funding, which takes effect from May 2014, will allow the consortium to develop a new business plan and research programme, according to Professor Knapp.

He said: “Around 2 million people in England with social care needs are supported each year by local authorities, and many others fund their own care.

“The social care sector contributes significantly to the nation’s wellbeing and health. With major changes expected following the implementation of the Care Act later this year, sustained emphasis on the integration of health and social care, growing numbers of older people, and public spending cuts, there has never been a more pressing need for a strong evidence base.

“Decision makers want robust evidence on what people need and want, what works, how it can best be provided and what it costs,” Professor Knapp said.

“I am delighted that the NIHR continues to recognise the importance of adult social care research and continues to support SSCR. We will continue to work closely with people who use services, people who provide unpaid care, practitioners and managers as we identify research topics and carry them out.”

The School will showcase its work at its next annual conference at LSE on 8 April 2014.

Notes for editors

For more details contact Professor Martin Knapp on m.knapp@lse.ac.uk or Candy Gibson, LSE Press Office 020 7955 7440 or c.gibson@lse.ac.uk.

Further information on SSCR is available at www.sscr.nihr.ac.uk

The National Institute for Health Research provides a national framework for research on health and social care. Its primary goal is to create a health research system in which the NHS supports outstanding individuals working in world-class facilities, conducting leading-edge research focused on the needs of the patients and the public.

3 February 2014