NIHR Policy Research Unit in Adult Social Care


Dates: 1 January 2019 - 31 December 2023
Funder: National Institute for Health Research


The term ‘adult social care’ refers to provision of personal and practical care and support that people may need because of their age, illness, cognition, disability or other circumstances. It also includes support for family members or other unpaid carers. Important aims are to help people remain independent, retain their dignity and achieve a better quality of life. Another important aim is to safeguard vulnerable individuals from abuse and neglect.

The Policy Research Unit in Adult Social Care (ASCRU) is led by CPEC at LSE in partnership with the University of Kent and King's College London.

ASCRU will carry out research in England to provide national and local policymakers with the evidence and information they need to make decisions about adult social care. This research will be relevant, high quality and address important issues for national and local policymakers, people who use services and carers, and other key stakeholders such as the care industry and the care regulator. The programme of work will be agreed with the Department of Health and Social Care.

Public Involvement and Engagement Group

ASCRU has established an Public Involvement and Engagement Group. Further details on this role are available here (PDF).

Further information

Director and Principal Investigator at LSE: Dr Jose-Luis Fernandez
Collaborators: University of Kent; King's College London
Countries: England


Jose-Luis Fernandez