Stirling is partnering with the University of Birmingham, as part of a broader consortium of key stakeholders from across the four nations of the UK, to develop a new centre for adult social care. The new centre - IMPACT (Improving Adult Care Together) - has been funded £15 million, over the next six years, by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), part of UK Research and Innovation and the Health Foundation, and will be the first centre of its kind in the UK. Professor Alison Bowes, Dean of the University of Stirling’s Faculty of Social Sciences, will be part of the new centre’s leadership team. She said: "We’re delighted to be part of this important programme which is working across the four nations of the UK to improve the lives of people who use services, and make sure that the services use the best evidence to support their work." The new Centre - 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 Centre of its kind in the UK. The Centre will receive funding of £15 million over the next six years and aims to:
• Lead the way in helping people working in adult social care, carers, and the people they support 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
• Improve our understanding of what helps or hinders when putting evidence into practice
Professor Alison Bowes, will be supported by Stirling colleagues Professor Lena Dominelli, Professor Catherine Hennessy, Dr Kathryn MacKay, Professor Judith Phillips, Professor Alasdair Rutherford and Dr Karen Watchman on the project.