New social care research and development strategy aims to inform and improve social care policy and practice

14 February 2018
Social Care Wales

The 'Social Care Research and Development Strategy for Wales 2018-23' is being launched by Huw Irranca-Davies AM, the Minister for Children and Social Care, today.

The aim is for Wales to be internationally renowned for its excellent social care research that supports the people of Wales by informing and improving social care policy and practice.

More people are living longer, which is a matter of celebration. To provide the best possible care and support for people, we need to improve the way we produce, communicate and make use of research.

This strategy will make sure we make the best use of the limited resources we have, by concentrating our efforts on areas of national priority.

For the next five years, social care research and development in Wales will focus on:

  • home care
  • children in care
  • dementia.

At the heart of the plan is a commitment to involve the public, people who use care and support, carers and people who work in social care and research.

The Minister for Children and Social Care Huw Irranca-Davies AM said: “I am delighted to be able to launch the 'Social Care Research and Development Strategy for Wales 2018-2023'.

“Capitalising on Wales’s strengths, this ambitious new strategy will drive forward social care R&D in Wales for the next five years through a vision founded on partnership and collaboration.”

Sue Evans, our Chief Executive, said: “Research has a crucial role to play in helping us improve social care in Wales.

“We hope the actions set out in this strategy will help encourage more social care practitioners across Wales to get involved in research and to use the evidence from the findings in their work.”

Jon Bisson, Director of Health and Care Research Wales, said: “Excellent social care research has a crucial role to play in providing the evidence base upon which high quality, sustainable and effective social care provision can be built.

“We are very happy to endorse this strategy and look forward to playing a full part in its implementation.”