5th Apr 2017

Social Care Research Position Statement

In 2016, the Wales Cancer Research Centre (WCRC) received funding from Health and Care Research Wales to undertake research about cancer and social care - a new area of work that sits within the Community research theme.

As there is currently no single agreed definition of social care, in October 2016, we reviewed and adapted existing social care literature to create a working definition applicable to adult cancer care.

This definition aims to provide a comprehensive description of social care that includes the full range of adult social care services, as well as the support needs of individuals diagnosed with cancer and their carers. It will be used in conjunction with social care research guidelines to help us identify research opportunities that we believe will result in improved social care and support, and better experiences for people with cancer, and their carers, in Wales.

WCRC’s Working Definition of Social Care.

Social care refers to a range of services provided across different settings, usually in the community. Social care services may offer advice, personal care, practical assistance, promotion of equality and protection of rights to adults diagnosed with cancer, and their carers, who require extra support to meet their personal, practical, emotional, economic and social needs. The supportive functions of social care aim to improve quality of life, and to enhance wellbeing on an individual, community and societal level.

In 2016, Health and Care Research Wales developed social care research guidelines that will further inform our work.

Please refer to our Position Statement for full details.