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Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA)

Research in Practice

Supporting evidence-informed practice with adults and families

Our aim is to support people working in social care and health to improve outcomes for adults, their families and carers.

We bring together academic research, practice expertise and the experiences of people accessing services to enable professionals across the sector to make evidence-informed decisions about the design and delivery of Adults’ Services.

Supporting learning and development

We are independent of government and the focus of our work is driven in consultation with our national network of Partners to ensure it reflects the current challenges and priorities of the sector. Find out more about our Partnership network.

Once we have identified key issues, we commission leading academics and practitioners to gather evidence from research, putting it into context alongside practitioner expertise and knowledge, and the views and experiences of people accessing services.

We translate this evidence into accessible resources designed to meet the varied learning needs and styles of different audiences across an organisation, from frontline practitioners to Directors and Lead Members.

These resources include publications and events, workshops, conferences and online learning. We also carry out evaluation and commissioned work – including evidence reviews and training packages – tailored to the specific needs of our clients.

Research in Practice for Adults is a not-for-profit organisation. We are part of The Dartington Hall Trust, a charity working to improve the social, environmental and economic wellbeing of communities.

Research in Practice for Adults

RPU 134 May 2018

The theme of this month’s Research and Policy Update is working effectively with people living with dementia.

Please note you will need to login to/create a RiPfA account using your work email address to access links in this email.


Dementia is one of the most pressing health concerns in UK society.

Research articles and summaries

The reasons for a delay between the first symptoms of dementia and seeking help

The use of music in dementia support

Person-centred care, dementia, and nursing homes

The balance between risks and rights for people with dementia in nursing homes


News and parliamentary business

Department of Health and Social Care: Prime Minister’s Challenge on Dementia 2020: Implementation Plan (2020 Challenge) (2016)

Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC): Final Government Response to the Law Commission’s review of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and Mental Capacity: Written statement – HCWS542


Reports and reviews

Care Quality Commission (CQC): State of Care 2016-17 (2017) and The state of adult social care services 2014 to 2017 (2018)

Alzheimer’s Society and Tunstall: Dementia-friendly technology – delivering the National Dementia Challenge (2012) and Dementia-friendly technology charter (2014)

Age UK: Promising approaches to living with dementia (2017)

Initiatives and guidance

Local Government Association (LGA): Dementia friendly communities – guidance for councils (2015)

Local Government Association (LGA) and Association of Directors of Social Services (ADASS): Mental Capacity Act including the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards – an improvement tool



HM Government: Mental Capacity Act 2005 and Code of Practice 2007

HM Government: Mental Health Act 1983 Amended 2007 (MHA)


National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE): NG16 Dementia, disability and frailty in later life – mid-life approaches to delay or prevent onset (2015)

National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE): QS30 Dementia: independence and wellbeing (2013)


Related resources

Related resources by RiPfA


Related resources

Practitioners may find the following resources, factsheets and guides useful for further reading and professional development.

Involving People in Safeguarding Adults

There has been a longstanding and increasing demand from people who use services and the public for ‘a greater voice in decisions about the shape and nature of services provided’ (Research in Practice for Adults, 2013). Gathering feedback from a wide range of stakeholders can help organisations to find out what works, for whom and how.

The briefing outlines evidence (by which we mean academic research, practitioner views and the views of people who use services) related to four key themes:

  • Involving people in their own safeguarding.
  • Finding out about adults’ experiences of safeguarding and gaining assurance of effectiveness.
  • Providing good information and advice about safeguarding.
  • Involving communities in the work of the SAB, including in prevention of abuse and neglect.

It also refers to a number of case studies from around England and extrapolates the learning from them. Please click on the link below for the full report.


Wirral Tailored Support

Wirral requested support around one of their Safeguarding Adults Board priorities:

“The views of service users are heard and used to inform safeguarding practices and services”

This priority relates to both strategy (gaining involvement from individuals at a strategic level in order to influence strategy) and practice (gathering feedback about what is working well, or not, in safeguarding, in order to inform practice).

Wirral are at the start of their journey in this area and requested tailored support time to compile the evidence on service user involvement through the following sources:

 Examples of practice in other local authorities

 Research messages

 Findings from the evaluation of Making Safeguarding Personal

 Recommendations going forward. Please click on the link below for the full report.

Wirral User involvement in safeguarding scope draft1