Social care is hugely important to many people who are dying and to their carers but it is often forgotten because people often think that this area of care is dominated by doctors and nurses’ comments Jill Manthorpe, one of the Board’s members. ‘We are pleased to be working on this project to highlight social care’s contribution and to learn how good practice can be shared and adopted’. Jill is Professor of Social Work and Director of the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at King’s College London. This celebrated Unit receives core funding from the government Department of Health, other government bodies and the third/not for profit sector. Details of all the Unit’s activities are http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/kpi/scwru/index.aspx and on Twitter @scwru
Jill is also Associate Director of the NIHR School for Social Care Research – a major research funders that has a mission to improve social care practice in England. ‘Research does not have all the answers’ but it can help provide evidence that commissioners might listen to and that practitioners adopt and adapt’. Jill is also part of the IMPACT project team in the UK, an EU funded research project aiming to develop improvement strategies that can be implemented to enhance the quality of palliative cancer and dementia care.