The SCRiPT study is testing the potential of a Communities of Practice model to increase research in adult social care. We are creating four Social Care Research in Practice Teams (RiPTs) and evaluating if this model can help develop research learning and promote research that reflects the priorities and challenges of local populations. The SCRiPT study positions Service User Involvement as an essential part within this model. There has been initial input from the University of Hertfordshire Public Involvement in Research.
Shaping Our Lives Involvement
Shaping Our Lives1 are one of our co-applicants. Shaping Our Lives and the SCRiPT team were successful in securing additional funding to strengthen service user involvement in the study. With the additional funding, Shaping Our Lives will focus on building and supporting the engagement of people from diverse and minoritized communities who use social care services and who are often under-represented or not heard in adult social care research, policy and service planning.
As part of this work, a Public Involvement in Social Care Research group has been developed. The group will provide input into social care research projects from researchers across the East of England using their personal experience of social care services.
Shaping Our Lives are also supporting with recruiting Experts by Experience (or service users) to each of the Research in Practice Teams and other service user involvement activities specific to each team.
The table below illustrates service user involvement as being embedded through all the stages of the research (also known as work packages) within this research.