The project is funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) Health Services and Design Research (HSDR) in response to a call to build research capacity in Adult Social Care. SCRiPT is one of the six social care partnerships funded under this call in England.
Our aim is to see if we can use an approach known as ‘Communities of Practice’ to increase research skills in staff in adult social care services. We are doing this in two areas in the East of England (Hertfordshire and Norfolk). Communities of practice are small groups of practitioners with a common interest. They have been used in health care to help staff build research skills. We want to see how to make this approach work in social care settings.