School for Social Care Research


The NIHR School for Social Care Research (SSCR) aims to increase the evidence-base for adult social care practice.

The School formally began work in May 2009. Led by Professor Martin Knapp at LSE with a budget of £15 million over five years, the SSCR is a partnership between five leading academic centres in social care research in England.

The SSCR undertakes high-quality primary research and provides a focus for applied research in social care within the NIHR, recognising the significant contribution that social care makes to the nation's health. 

Intellectual focus 

The SSCR carries out primary research in the adult social care sector in England. It covers the delivery of social care by professional and non-professional staff working in both statutory and independent sectors. It includes research by social care professionals as well as academics, and encourages the active involvement of service users and their carers. 

Professional social work is a major focus but is not the sole disciplinary resource for the School. Its work draws on a wide range of academic disciplines and methodologies including those typically under-applied to the social care context, yet central to understanding its operation.

SSCR membership

Following an open competition to renew and refresh members of the School in the summer of 2013, the membership from May 2014 to April 2019 has been confirmed as:

  • University of Bristol

  • University of Kent

  • University of Manchester

  • University of York

  • London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).


 Further information:

NIHR briefing document