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Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy

In 2015 the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy 2015-2020 was launched.

This work is being led by the Health and Social Care Board’s Director of Social Care and Children and reflects the commitment shown by the social work leadership in Northern Ireland at Departmental, Health and Social Care Board (HSCB) and Trust level who requested and supported its development.

The strategy supports the promotion of a culture of evidence informed practice, quality, service and user outcomes and the delivery of research, evaluation and audit across services.

Since 2013 there have been a number of documents developed to support the final production of the strategy.

The purpose of this webpage is to make all relevant documents and papers readily available in one location for ease of access, and to keep you informed about new developments.

View or download the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy 2015-2020 or Summary

NameDescriptionDate
Social Work Research And Continuous Improvement StrategyIn pursuit of excellence in evidence informed practice in Northern Ireland.
Supporting the profession and improving outcomes.
7th October 2015
Social Work Research And Continuous Improvement Strategy SummarySummary Document.7th October 2015

If you need a paper copy or if you want to discuss any aspect of the strategy email swresearchsistrategy@hscni.net 

The Equality and Human Rights screening document is available to view or download from the Business Services Organisation (BSO) website.


Building a Research Community

Our aim is to build a research community that will foster mutually beneficial relationships and partnerships.

Join the conversation #BuildingAResearchCommunity

NameDescriptionDate
Feedback from Building A Research Community Event - 11 November 2019Feedback from the event that took place on 11 November 2019.24th January 2020
Building A Research Community - Agenda 23 January 2020Agenda for meeting on Thursday 24 January 2020.24th January 2020
Building a Research Community 11 November 2019 - ProgrammeAgenda for initial meeting11th November 2019

 


Scoping Exercise – Research and Evidence Activity

A scoping exercise was conducted in 2017 to establish what research and evidence activity was taking place the feedback and summary reports are available to view or download here:

NameDescriptionDate
Feedback From Scoping Exercise 21.12.20175th January 2018
Social Work Research Continuous Improvement 215th January 2018

Gaining Initial Support for Social Work Research, Evaluation and Audit Activity

During 2018-2019 a consultation inclusive of relevant stakeholders was undertaken to discuss the Protocol and associated Application Form for securing initial agreement and support for the conduct of social work and social care research activity in two or more Health and Social Care Trusts in Northern Ireland. The outcome was a more streamlined approach for gaining  initial support for the conduct of social work research related activity from Executive Directors of Social Work.

Initial requests are to be submitted through this process. To avoid any delays in the process before you make any application to your local Governance Offices in Trusts or to the Research and Development Division (PHA) for support you need to have completed this application. Download the protocol and application form below:

NameDescriptionDate
Application to secure initial support for the conduct of Social Work Research 201919th April 2016
Feedback From Consultation Exercise26th July 2019
Protocol for initial support for Social Work and Social Care 201919th April 2016

Evidence Reviews

NameDescriptionDate
Effectiveness of short breaks on families where there are children with disabilities - A Systematic Review of the EvidencePrepared for the Health and Social Care Board on behalf of the Social Work and Social Care Research Advisory Group. This call for evidence was designed with the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy (2015-2020) in mind. The purpose of the research strategy is to increase the quantity and quality of research and evidence, relevant to Northern Ireland, to inform policy, commissioning and practice. The review of evidence was undertaken by Dr Helga Sneddon25th June 2018
Summary review of effectiveness of short breaks on familiies where there are chldren with disabilities A Systematic Review Of The EvidencePrepared for the Health and Social Care Board on behalf of the Social Work and Social Care Research Advisory Group. This call for evidence was designed with the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy (2015-2020) in mind. The purpose of the research strategy is to increase the quantity and quality of research and evidence, relevant to Northern Ireland, to inform policy, commissioning and practice.The review of evidence was undertaken by Dr Helga Sneddon25th June 2018

Forthcoming Conference

7th Annual Social Work and Social Care Research in Practice Conference

Building a research community to enable change

Wednesday 11 March 2020 – 9.30am – 4.30pm

Programme

Past Conference Resources


Videos

Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy Videos


Newsletters

NameSizeHits
Issue 11 - December 20196.2 MiB84
Issue 10 - August 20193.7 MiB70
Issue 9 May 20193.7 MiB380
Issue 8 - August 20184.5 MiB349
Issue 7 June 20183.3 MiB355
Issue 6 January 20181.4 MiB411
Issue 5 June 20171.8 MiB618
Issue 4 December 20152.0 MiB1322
Issue 3 - August 20151.6 MiB834
Issue 1 July 20140.6 MiB861
Issue 2 December 20141.3 MiB990

Further Information

NameDescriptionDate
Social Work Reseach And Continuous Improvement Strategy Communication Plan2nd December 2015
Social Work Research Strategy Workshop Feedback 3 June 201524th August 2015
Social Work Research Guidance Leaflet1st May 2015
Regional Workload Management Framework23rd January 2015

Key Contact

If you wish to speak to someone in relation to the Social Work Research and Continuous Improvement Strategy please contact –

Anne McGlade
Tel: 028 9536 3017
Email: anne.mcglade@hscni.net


Useful Links

Health and Social Care Research and Development

Department of Health – Social Work Strategy