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Research for Social Care competition announces Committee Chair and Deputy


NIHR has appointed a Committee Chair and Deputy Chair for its newly formed Research for Social Care national committee.

Professor David Abbott will act as Committee Chair, with Professor Chris Hatton as Deputy Chair.

The committee will make funding decisions for the annual Research for Social Care (RfSC) funding call. RfSC is part of NIHR’s ongoing efforts to build and improve social care research in England, through creating high quality evidence and building capacity for research in this important field.

RfSC Committee Chair David Abbott is a Professor of Social Policy in the School for Policy Studies at the University of Bristol, where he is also an Associate Director for the NIHR School for Social Care Research. His research and teaching has focused on the lives of disabled children, young people, adults, their families, allies and associated health, education and social care services.

Deputy Chair Chris Hatton is Professor of Public Health and Disability at Lancaster University and has been involved in research with people with learning disabilities for 30 years, focusing on understanding the inequalities that people and families experience, and evaluating services (including social care services) to support people.

The national committee for RfSC is made up of approximately 20 members, including individuals from social care practice and academia, covering areas such as qualitative methods, statistics, health economics and trials, as well as public involvement members.

Professor David Abbot said, “I am delighted to take up the role of the Chair of this committee. This funding opportunity signals NIHR's continued focus on and investment in research in adult social care. I hope we will be able to fund studies that are exciting, innovative and which have strong collaborations as part of their design.”

Professor Chris Hatton said, “I’m really excited to be supporting NIHR in stimulating the kind of social care research that can make a real difference to people’s lives.”

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