Care England is partnering with the University of Birmingham and a broader consortium on the development of a new centre for adult social care to put evidence into practice to promote and maintain people’s independence and wellbeing.
The new centre, named IMPACT (Improving Adult Care Together), has been funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, and the Health Foundation, and will be the first of its kind in the UK.
The centre, which will receive funding of £15 million over the next six years, with equal contributions from ESRC and the Health Foundation, aim to:
Lead the way in helping people working in adult social care, carers, and the people they support to make better use of high-quality, practice-based evidence to support innovation in adult social care;
Build capacity and skills in the adult social care workforce;
Help develop sustainable and productive relationships between all of those working across adult social care; and
Improve our understanding of what helps or hinders when putting evidence into practice.
Professor Martin Green OBE, CEO of Care England, (pictured), said: “The adult social care workforce is our best resource and the IMPACT study is a very welcome means to help ensure that social care becomes a career of choice, not just a job. Our sector needs more evidence and data and Care England is delighted to be part of the study.”
Jon Glasby, Professor of Health and Social Care at the University of Birmingham has been appointed as IMPACT’s director and will be working with a range of partners from across the UK to lead the co-development, establishment and delivery of the centre.
He said: “Adult social care touches people’s lives in such important and intimate ways, and it’s crucial that it’s based on the best possible evidence of what works.
“Good care isn’t just about services, it’s about having a life – and the ESRC and the Health Foundation are providing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make a real difference.”