The role of the third sector in delivering social care
Researchers at TSRC in Birmingham, in conjunction with colleagues in the Health Services Management Centre (HSMC), undertook a review for the NIHR School for Social Care Research, to examine the role of the third sector in delivering social care.
Third sector providers have been important in delivering social care for some time, but this role is changing in the context of personalisation and constrained financial resources. Despite this, our review highlights a lack of robust research in this area. There is a need to explore the different roles that third sector organisations play in relation to social care – both in delivering services and campaigning. Comparative research is needed to identify whether and how the third sector is distinctive.
The review calls for a better mix of research methods, such as the use of large-scale quantitative data to identify the scale and spread of third sector organisations involved in social care.
The report can be found here
Research contact: Pete Alcock