Our research reports
Here are our latest research reports.
National Recruitment campaign for adult social care – findings from the scoping study
This scoping study was conducted in two parts, a review of evidence available and a consultation exercise (including both an online survey and a series of consultation events). The project took place from November 2017 – February 2018. We would like to thank all of those who contributed to the scoping study, taking the time to share their valuable insight and experience.
Recruitment and retention in adult social care: secrets of success - June 2017
We've conducted research with social care employers with a turnover of less than 10%, and individual employers, to explore what they do that contributes to their success in recruitment and retention.
Child and Family survey - summer 2016
We've conducted an online survey to explore the breadth of development initiatives and implementation plans for social workers in Child and Family services.
Social work in adult services evaluation survey
In order to gain a better understanding of the Assessed and Supported Year in Employment (ASYE) in adult social work we've conducted an online survey.
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.
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.
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.
Only a Footstep Away is an important grounding for our thinking about neighbours and neighbourhoodism.
This report presents case studies of some new worker roles. As the reader will see, the case studies reflect the changing landscape of care and demonstrate a positive and strategic response to the move towards more community-based services with a focus on re-ablement, empowerment and support.
Practical steps in neighbourhood workforce planning and community skills development and their role in workforce development that supports community capacity building.
This is the full Skills for Care West Midlands report with illustrative examples of innovative practice that is abridged in the national publication 'What comes first, service redesign or workforce development?'.
This document details a plan for the implementation of the 2011 ?PA Framework?, Working for personalised care: a framework for supporting personal assistants working in adult social care.
The research report Personalisation and partnership (2011) focused on what factors disabled people feel are important in their relationships with their personal assistants, carers and support workers. One of the recommendations from the research was the need for a guide or checklist to support employers to be able to determine what is important in the qualities, skills and knowledge of a worker in order for the employers to be as independent as possible. This guide is based on the key findings from the research report.