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BASW is part of a new UK Centre named ‘IMPACT’ which has secured £15 million to help improve Adult Social Care

New UK partnership to improve Adult Social Care

IMPACT (IMProving Adult Care Together) is the first of its kind in the UK and will bring together 37 agencies across the four countries of the UK including universities, the public and voluntary sectors and has secured £15 million in funding over the next five years.

The aspiration of the partnership is: Good support isn’t just about services – it’s about having a life.

Social work is an essential part of the wider social care field. BASW has been active in the partnership bid from the beginning and Luke Geoghegan, Head of Policy and Research at BASW and a registered social worker, will be a member of the IMPACT leadership team.

IMPACT will bring together people with lived experience of social care, those providing unpaid care, people working in adult social care, including social workers, experts in the mobilisation and implementation of evidence, social care providers, commissioners and policy experts, and academic teams from across the UK to share, and disseminate and implement robust evidence and good practice.

IMPACT will be funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (part of UK Research and Innovation) and the Health Foundation.   

The centre will officially start on 1 June 2021. The first stage of IMPACT (‘co-design’) will focus on engagement and consultation with user-led organisations, community groups and seldom heard voices to draw up a draft work programme.

If you want to find out more please email impactcentre@contacts.bham.ac.uk with your name, role and location.

Please feel free to share this information with others who may be interested. BASW will also post regular updates to keep members informed of this important work and how they might be involved.