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We believe that working together makes a difference to improving outcomes for adults and their families.

We have a long history of collaborative working with some of the leading agencies, bodies, organisations and other experts in the field, to bring evidence-informed practice to the heart of government consultations, policy initiatives and academic research.

These include: the association of directors of adult social services in England (ADASS); Local Government Association (LGA); Department of Health (DH); and Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

We also sit on advisory and steering groups such as the School for Social Care Research (SSCR) advisory group, LGA/ADASS safeguarding networking group and NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC).

NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care

RiPfA is part of the consortium that was awarded the contract to deliver the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC). The new Centre was established and operational from April 2013 to coincide with NICE taking on new responsibilities in relation to social care - as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care - partners

One of the main roles of the Centre is to develop new guidelines and Quality Standards for social care.

RiPfA’s role will be to support the dissemination and adoption of them when they are complete.  

The NCCSC partners include:

  • Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) who are the lead partner in the Centre
  • Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) which is part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London
  • Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Kent
  • Research in Practice (RiP)
  • Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA).

You can find out more about the Quality Standards on the NICE website.


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