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Unmet need for social care on unpaid carers workshop

5th (full) and 21st October (places available), 11am-1pm

Free workshops to discuss findings from research on the effects of unmet need for social care on unpaid carers


The Institute of Public Care (IPC) has been commissioned by the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre (CPEC) at the London School of Economics (LSE) to support the dissemination of findings from their research study on the effects of unmet need for social care on unpaid carers (carers of adults e.g. with disabilities, mental health problems or older people).

The research has been carried out over the last two years and the report is due to be published late summer 2021. CPEC has already carried out workshops to inform and consult carers on the findings.


These workshops are relevant for:

  • A range of professionals who work in Adult Health and Social Care organisations, either as commissioners or providers
  • Strategic managers (decision makers) as well as frontline practitioners


To help identify how findings from the research project can be used in practice to support unpaid carers. The workshops will focus on three questions:

  • What are the implications for practice?
  • What are the barriers to implementation?
  • What are the key actions and recommendations going forward and what are the most important findings/messages for practice?

Workshop format:

  • The online workshops will be relatively small and informal (up to approximately 25 participants) to enable participation from all attendees with opportunities for small discussion groups and other interactive methods


Online workshop dates are as follows – please state your preference when booking:

  • Tuesday 5th October 2021, 11am -1pm (now full)
  • Thursday 21st October 2021, 11am-1pm (places available)


If you would like to book a free place please contact:

Emma Beal at

If you would like further information about the IPC workshops then please contact: Clare Dodwell, IPC Principal Consultant:

The research:

Many people in England with a disability, long-term physical or mental ill health, or problems related to their older age are not getting enough or any of their support needs met. Part of the reason for this is that they are not receiving enough or the right types of care services. In many cases, an unpaid carer provides some support.

The study used analysis of nationally representative survey data from Understanding Society[1] collected over a number of years and in-depth interviews with carers to look at the extent to which the needs of the disabled or older person are met by services, who is most at risk of not receiving services or the right type of services, and some of the reasons for this.

The study also looked out how unmet need for services affects carers, which carers are most affected, and what makes their situation better or worse. The study focused on the experiences of adult carers who live with the person they support. The research was funded by the National Institute for Health Research School for Social Care Research (NIHR SSCR) and carried out by the Care Policy and Evaluation Centre at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The project lead is Nicola Brimblecombe, email:, telephone 0207 955 6376

[1] Economic and Social Research Council: Understanding Society The UK Household Longitudinal Study. Available at: ht