The SCRiPT study

Enhancing research capacity in adult social care in the East of England: The SCRiPT study (Social Care Research in Practice Teams)

The University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with the University of East Anglia has been awarded funding of almost £1 million by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) to build research capacity in adult social care services across Hertfordshire and Norfolk. Over one million adults in the UK receive personal and practical care and assistance from social care for a wide range of reasons, including critical support for age-related issues, health conditions, and disabilities. In partnership with Hertfordshire County Council and Norfolk County Council, the researchers will establish four new Social Care Research in Practice Teams (RiPTs). The team members will receive funding to enhance their research skills and confidence, and to design and implement new research projects to advance social care in the region. Part of their research training will be through the successful and well-established ARC EoE Fellowship programme, led by Christine Hill. The team is also working with the NIHR Clinical Research Network Eastern in developing other parts of the training programme.

The user-led organisation, Shaping Our Lives, will support the RiPTs to ensure experts by experience are involved in the projects and the resulting research is inclusive and relevant for local users of social care services. The overall aim is to evaluate if the RiPT model can mobilise research learning and promote the undertaking of research that reflects the priorities and challenges of the populations social care serve.

One of six similar schemes across England funded by the NIHR, the project also provides more opportunities for collaboration between social care practitioners in Hertfordshire and Norfolk. Participants will benefit from opportunities to share skills and best practices with colleagues from a range of areas of social care.

Who can apply?

SCRiPT is being run with two Local Authorities, Hertfordshire County Council, and Norfolk County Council. Applicants need to be working at one of the Local Authorities involved in the study.

How can I apply?

First, we would suggest that you read our SCRiPT leaflet, and watch our webinar. The video is below. If you have already seen it, and discussed this CPD opportunity with your line manager, you can download the application form below. You can also find the person specification for the role here. You will also need to ask your manager to complete a line manager endorsement form, which can be found here.

When will I find out if I am going for the interview?

The shortlisting process will occur in the first week of December. You will hear the outcome shortly after that. We would suggest that you put two dates on hold, just in case: Dec 15th and Dec 17th, if possible.

When would I start the role?

If you are successful, you will start at the end of February. More details will be provided at the interview.

Deadline for applications

November 26th 2021, 5pm. Completed applications and supporting documents have to be emailed to by this deadline.

“We are delighted to receive this funding that will enable us to significantly raise the profile of research within the field of adult social care. It is fantastic to have investment from the NIHR and backing from senior figures in Hertfordshire and Norfolk County Councils.”

Professor Kathryn Almack, University of Hertfordshire

Kathryn Almack is Professor of Health, Young People and Family Lives and project lead at the University of Hertfordshire 

Questions? Contact for more information

The project partners are University of Hertfordshire (lead), University of East Anglia, Kings College London, Hertfordshire County Council, Norfolk County Council, NIHR Applied Research Collaboration East of England, Shaping our Lives.