A brighter social care future: co-producing the evidence to make five key changes: Evidence Review (2023)

A brighter social care future COVER

To produce this review, Research in Practice and Social Care Future brought together groups of people with different experiences of social care, working together to discuss issues related to social care that are important to them, while reflecting on and interpreting related research.

Produced in five sections, each containing resources, research and commentary that explore and support a key change, alongside action and reflective points, the review is structured around the five key changes that Social Care Future sees are needed in social care to unlock an equal life:

  • Communities where everyone belongs
  • Living in the place we call home
  • Leading the lives we want to live
  • More resources, better used, and
  • Sharing power as equals

With advice for commissioners, those in direct practice, policy or senior management amongst others, the housing section 'Living in the place we call home' summarises research on how housing is more than a place to live, recognising difference, and housing adaptations, technology and control. Also covered are poverty, wealth and housing status as well as the importance of accurate and reliable information, how housing affects so many other aspects of our lives, supported living, residential care, and nursing care, and the benefits of planning.

Research referenced includes reports by the Housing LIN on integrating housing with health and social care, housing preferences in ageing ethnic minority populations and supporting people with learning disabilities to rent their own home. There is also an accompanying podcast (opens new window) talking about co-prodcution and evidence.