user views

Shaping Our Lives: resources library

A list of resources collated by Shaping Our Lives  - a National network of service users and disabled people.

Public perceptions of the NHS and social care

Survey that is the latest in a series of surveys conducted by the Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute on behalf of the Department of Health between spring 2000 and December 2012. The aim of the survey is to explore public attitudes towards, and perceptions of, the NHS and social care services, and to provide a means of tracking these perceptions and attitudes over time.

Assessment at Home pathway: the experiences of service users, carers and staff in South Glasgow during the early stages of implementation - July 2012 to January 2013

One of a series of reports which forms part of the PROP Practitioner Research Programme, a partnership between the Centre for Research on Families and Relationships (CRFR) at the University of Edinburgh and IRISS that was about health and social care for older people.

This research explores the Assessment at Home (AAH) pathway as experienced by a cohort of practitioners, carers and service users. Specifically, it:

  • explores staff, carer and service user experiences
  • identifies a number of factors which support or inhibit an effective AAH process

Children and young people's views on child protection systems in Scotland

Review that considers the views and experiences of children and young people on child protection systems in Scotland. It aims to inform service delivery, communications on child protection and future potential ways to engage children and young people on this issue.

The findings of this review will form the basis for future research on gathering the views of children and young people on child protection systems in Scotland. 

The experiences of fostering and adoption processes - the views of children and young people: literature review and gap analysis

Literature review that aims to identify the existing evidence in relation to children and young people’s views of the processes, and to identify any gaps. At the time of publication, the Government has released the Adoption Action Plan (DfE, 2012) with measures designed to reduce delays in the adoption process.

The views and experiences of children already in the care system will be vital in helping to ensure that changes to current systems meet their individual needs and improve their life chances.

Choice and independence over the lifecourse

Report that looks at how far government and other organisations are making information about social care more easily available. It examines the challenges that organisations providing home care services face in responding to service users’ choices and the help that local authorities can give these organisations to meet such challenges.

It also reviews the available research evidence on how service users, carers and professionals balance the benefits of choice against the potential risks involved.

Voices on well-being: a report of research with older people

Shaping our Age is a three-year, Big Lottery Funded project and unique partnership between WRVS, the Centre for Citizen Participation at Brunel University and the Centre for Social Action at De Montfort University.

Consumer involvement in health settings

This topic is included in the EPPI-Centre knowledge library. The Knowledge Pages facility enables users to search for the key messages within specific subject areas to which EPPI-Centre reviews have contributed.

Involving consumers in research and development agenda setting for the NHS : developing an evidence-based approach

This review aims to assess how consumers are involved in deciding what research should be undertaken and if they have any influence. This systematic review was published by EPPI-Centre in 2004. Systematic reviews aim to find as much as possible of the research relevant to the particular research questions, and use explicit methods to identify what can reliably be said on the basis of these studies.

Family justice review: the children's verdict

Children's views on the recommendations of the Family Justice Review Panel, 2011.