Our research reports

Here are our latest research reports.

Care coordination (2016)

Care coordination is an important aspect of integration between social care and health. Many areas have seen a rise in staff involved in coordinating care. This can include activities like supporting people using services to access appropriate care and support, working with professionals to raise awareness of local services available and reducing duplication of efforts.  

We’ve spoken to employers in social care and health to find out about the functions associated with care coordination in their organisation. This short summary gives an overview of the findings from this work.​

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The impact of a values based approach to recruitment and retention (2016)

This report assesses the longer-term impact of a values based approach to recruitment and retention by capturing key business performance indicators such as staff retention, absence and performance measures.

The Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) (2015)

This three year longitudinal study aims to the ASYE has made a difference to social work practice and retention. 


Self-employed carers survey (2015)Values based recruitment - key messages

This research examines the role of the self-employed workforce and their learning and development needs.

Leading and managing home care teams (2015)

This research set out to identify perceived best practice of leading and managing home care teams, including practical techniques, tools and approaches.


Impact of working longer hours on quality of care (2015)

We were asked by the Department of Health to investigate the impact of longer working hours on the quality of care provided in the adult social care sector. 

Return on investment of Apprenticeships (2014)

This research looked at the role of Apprenticeships in recruitment, succession and workforce development planning in small and medium-sized organisations in adult social care.

Performance management in health and social care (2014)

This research looks at the views of performance management and the sources of information and support available within health and social care.

Preventing and managing abuse in social care (2014)

These research reports determine how to support social care employers and personal assistants in dealing with violence and abuse in the workplace. 


Can't find what you need? Take a look at our Research Knowledge Base, an online searchable database with information about the adult social care workforce. Here you will also find older Skills for Care research reports.

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