The National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR) has awarded almost £1 million of funding to the SCRiPT (Social Care Research in Practice Teams) study to build research capacity in adult social care services across Hertfordshire and Norfolk. The study is being led by the University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with the University of East Anglia and other partners, and is supported by the Applied Research Collaboration (ARC) East of England.

The 3-year project started in August 2021. It is divided into four overlapping work packages (WPs)

  • WP1 focuses on the development of four Research in Practice teams (RiPTS)

  • WP2 focuses on the development and delivery of training for members of the RiPTs designed to support their development as research competent professionals.

  • WP3 focuses on the development and delivery of research projects that reflect local priorities and build research skills and capacity in members of the RiPTs.

  • WP4 focuses on evaluating the feasibility and impact of the RiPT model.


Professor Kathryn Almack

Professor of Health, Young People and Family Lives
University of Hertfordshire

Kathryn is Chief Investigator for the project. She is a sociologist with a background working in Adult Social Care and Community Development work. Kathryn sits on the Capacity Building Committee for the NIHR ARC, East of England and champions opportunities for staff working in Adult Social Care to get involved in finding out more about and doing research.

Dr Jennifer Lynch

Senior Research Fellow
University of Hertfordshire

Jenni  brings knowledge mobilisation and adult social care research expertise, focusing on how interventions are best developed and embedded in social care settings. She is part of the core project team, supporting Kathryn Almack across the work packages. She is also providing academic support to the Research in Practice Team (RiPT) which is exploring citizen attitudes towards the use of Technology Enabled Care home activity monitoring systems to provide proactive social care service interventions to support independent living at home.

Professor Eneida Mioshi

Professor of Dementia Care Research
University of East Anglia

Deputy Director and Academic Career Development Lead
NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East of England (ARC EoE)

Eneida is a co-applicant of SCRiPT and also part of the core project team, supporting development of RiPTs and their leads, dissemination and impact.

Catherine Greenlaw

Principal Occupational Therapist
Hertfordshire County Council Adult Care Services

Catherine is a co-applicant this project and is supporting the promotion, work and update of the project across Adult Social Services in Hertfordshire. Catherine is also offering practitioner support to the Research in Practice Teams.

Andrew Smith

Principal Social Worker (Adults)
Norfolk County Council

Andrew is a co-applicant for the SCRiPT project and is supporting the promotion, work and update of the project across Adult Social Services in Norfolk. Andrew is also offering practitioner support to the Research in Practice Teams.

Becki Meakin

Involvement Manager
Shaping Our Lives

Shaping Our Lives is a user-led organisation specialising in the inclusive involvement of diverse and marginalised communities. Becki’s role is to develop and refine service user involvement throughout the project, ensuring the voices of service users are included.

Dr John Woolham


John recently retired from working as an NIHR/SSCR Senior Research Fellow in the Health and Social Care Workforce Research Centre (HSCWRU) at King’s College London.  Originally John joined the team as a co-investigator and is continuing to offer expertise to the project team as a consultant with a particular focus on evaluation.

Professor Brian Littlechild

Professor of Social Work and Research Lead for Social Work
University of Hertfordshire
Visiting Professor, University of Ostrava, Czech Republic

Brian has over 30 years’ experience of developing research in the social work/ social care arena. He has been involved at national level with a number of government research bodies, including as a member of England’s Chief Social Worker for Adults’ Research Advisory Group.  Brian will provide academic supervision to practitioners in the Research in Practice Team exploring the impact of occupational therapy in adult social care learning disability services:  the experiences of people with learning disabilities, their carers, and occupational therapists. Brian will also help to promote the study and our findings across his networks.

Dr Yuet (Echo) Wah Yeung

Associate Professor in Research (Social Work)
University of Hertfordshire

Echo will provide social work expertise and she will provide academic support for the practitioners in the Research in Practice Team, to help them further develop and build research skills within the team. She is working with the RiPT exploring the lived experiences of older people discharged via ‘Discharge to Assess’ Pathway One (i.e. people who are discharged to their own homes).

Dr Christine Hill

Deputy Director
ARC East of England

Christine is deputy director of the NIHR ARC East of England where she leads the ARC East of England Fellowship Programme. She brings this expertise to the SCRiPT project to support the training of the RiPT Leads.

Dr Julia Warrener

Deputy Dean, School of Health and Social Work
University of Hertfordshire

Affiliated to British Association of Social Workers and Social Work England

Julia has sustained her commitment to developing research capacity in Local Authorities throughout her career. She will provide academic supervision to practitioners in the Research in Practice Team which is exploring the effectiveness of OT reablement services in increasing independence among residents.

Teresa Tinworth

Projects Administrator, CRIPACC
University of Hertfordshire

Teresa works at the University of Hertfordshire and provides administrative support for this, and other research projects.

Dr Lida Efstathopoulou

Research Fellow
Centre for Research in Public Health and Community Care (CRIPACC)

Lida Efstathopoulou joined the SCRiPT project as a Researcher in Residence based at Hertfordshire County Council’s Adult Care Services. The aim of the post is to further develop our collaboration with adult social care colleagues and explore ways of building research capacity in this area. The role has been jointly funded by SCRiPT and the Eastern Clinical Research Network (CRN-E). Lida was previously a Researcher in Residence at Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust (CPFT) and the Applied Research Collaboration East of England (ARC EoE). She has a background in social sciences and completed her PhD at Anglia Ruskin University exploring knowledge management approaches in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS).

Former SCRiPT team members


SCRiPT will establish teams of researchers and social care practitioners into Research in Practice Teams (RiPTs) and evaluate if this model can mobilise research learning and promote research that reflects the priorities and challenges of the populations they serve. Data will be collected to assess whether RiPTs have an impact on RiPT members’ research knowledge or involvement in research; create a vehicle for learning and knowledge exchange, and lead to locally relevant research being conducted. In addition, we will document the resources involved in delivering the RiPT model.