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What is the Glasgow City Health and Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP) external research application process?

The GCHSCP external research application process is in place for students / researchers to apply for approval to conduct social research with social work service users, social work staff or social work data in relation to social care services that GCHSCP is responsible for providing.

Applicants should note that a separate NHS external research application process exists for applications to conduct social research related to health services with patients, health staff or health data in any health setting, including those health services GCHSCP is responsible for providing.

Separate applications require to be submitted via both the GCHSCP and the NHS external research application processes for any research requests involving both social work and health service users/patients, staff or data related to HSCP functions.

Education Services have a separate process for applications to conduct research on their Research Access in Schools webpage

Why do I have to apply for approval for my research?

The approval application process, which includes ethical approval, is in place to protect service users, staff, data and the researcher, ensure effective use of our resources and ensure compliance with relevant legislation (for example GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018).

All reliable and rigorous social research is conducted with due consideration of ethical issues at all stages of the research design and implementation process. All external research approved by Glasgow City Health & Social Care Partnership (GCHSCP) must conform to the highest ethical standards, to ensure that, above all, service users, staff and the researcher are safeguarded from harms that could arise from such research and that HSCP data is protected. The GCHSCP external research application form (available below) includes an assessment criteria checklist that provides guidance on the ethical issues applicants must consider in planning their research. 

What themes should I consider researching?

Glasgow City Council Social Work Services Professional Governance Board has approved a list of themes it would welcome further research on, as outlined below. While other themes will be considered, students / researchers are advised to consult the theme list when applying to conduct research involving GCC Social Work staff, service users or data.

While applications to conduct research related to themes on the list will be considered more favourably, approval is not guaranteed since they will still be subject to the scrutiny of the full external research application process.

List of Approved Research Themes

2021/22 Approved Research Themes for students (as at Sep 2021)
 Care GroupTheme(s)Notes
1Children's ServicesImproving outcomes for families where long term neglect is a risk factor. 
2Children's ServicesSupporting young people on the edge of care - what works to prevent them becoming looked after?Some work internally on this recently eg. Family Group Decision Making & Lifelong Links initiatives
3Children's ServicesKinship careStudents should identify narrower more focussed projects within this heading such as what works in supporting carers; what are the gaps in support; third sector's role in helping kinship carers.
4Children's ServicesPromoting long term stability of placements for looked after children, for example in foster care 
5Children's ServicesEducation and outcomes for care experienced children 
6Children's ServicesContinuing care - how should young people aged 16+ be supported to achieve good outcomes?Potential for small & larger scale research
7Children's ServicesAftercare - how should young people aged 16+ be supported to achieve good outcomes?Potential for small & larger scale research
8Children's ServicesTopics related to family support and engaging with vulnerable familiesStudents should identify narrower more focussed projects within this heading
9Children's ServicesTackling child povertyStudents should identify narrower more focussed projects within this heading
10Children's ServicesImproving quality of care plans for looked after / looked after and accommodated children & young people in light of technological developmentsInclude focus on sibling contact using new technologies
11Children's ServicesThe impact of Children's Hearing and court decision on the management of young people in the youth justice system 
12Children's ServicesEffective community based interventions to prevent young people becoming involved in youth justice services 
13Children's ServicesWhat are professionals' view on the range of factors associated with Global Developmental Delay? 
14Children's ServicesWhat is the impact of diagnosis (of Autistic Spectrum Disorder / Global Development Delay / ADHD / Foetal Alcohol Syndrome) on parents / carers / young people? 
15Children's ServicesWhat are the experiences / understanding of families of health and social care integration following a child's diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder / Global Development Delay / ADHD / Foetal Alcohol Syndrome? 
16Children's ServicesWhat are parents' / carers' / young people's / professionals' expectations / understanding of the remit of CAMHS? 
17Adult ServicesAre communication aids handed back re-used appropriately & effectively by Social Work ServicesLearning disability care group - cost analysis, suitability of aids and re-allocation process could be looked at in particular with a view to recommending improvements
18Adult ServicesExperiences of newly qualified mental health officers working in Glasgow City HSCP 
19Adult & Older People ServicesInvestigating well-being outcomes for older carers (age 70+) of service users with learning disabilities and those who they care forA focus on how much carers have considered alternative care arrangements should be looked at within this
20Adult & Older People ServicesInvestigating the (potential) use of Family Group Conferencing within Adult and Older People ServicesBeing used in Glasgow within Children's Services only. Investigate use outwith Children's Services elsewhere & use with Children's Services in Glasgow
21Older People ServicesInvestigating the benefits of physical activity on the physical and emotional wellbeing of older peopleThere is a particular interest in this related to older people in residential care
22Older People ServicesService users experience of intermediate care 
23Older People ServicesResidential care homes - perceptions of barriers to reduce unscheduled careDialogue with stakeholders to develop thematic review of issues and recommendations to improve
24Older People ServicesOpportunities for anticipatory care within care and residential facilitiesCase study approach to understand opportunitites for earlier intervention and triangulated with stakeholder perception
25Older People ServicesWhy in a number of cases is Intermediate Care not seen by family / carers as best option for next stage of care?Understanding drivers / incentives / reasons for refusal or delay to identify opportunities to address these and reduce number of people being assessed / delayed in hospital
26HomelessnessHousing First service tenancy sustainment: Investigating key barriers and enablers 
27HomelessnessImpact of positive service relationships on Housing First outcomes 
28HomelessnessHousing First tenancy breakdown: Investigatng supports available for individual service users 
29HomelessnessHousing First: The effectiveness of partnership working / integration of agencies and the impact on outcomes for service users 
30HomelessnessFrom a lived experience perspective what barriers and supports have Housing First service users encountered in accessing mental health services? 
31HomelessnessWhat influences service users engagement with support services pre- and post- Housing First? 
32HomelessnessExamining best practice in relation to homeless or people threatened with homelessness who experience domestic abuseWithin a Housing Options context and trying to sustain people that experience domestic abuse in their current accommodation
33HomelessnessExamining best practice in relation to homeless or people threatened with homelessness who experience domestic abuseFor homeless people who experience domestic abuse and have to leave their accommodation
34HomelessnessExamining best practice in relation to homeless or people threatened with homelessness who experience domestic abuseFor homeless or people threatened with homelessness with complex trauma who experience domestic abuse
35Criminal JusticeExamining the impact of unpaid work (both positive and negative) on service users journey to desistance 
36Criminal JusticeTomorrows Women Glasgow service users who have had their children removed from their care: Investigating the scale of this and the impact of this on the service users 
37Criminal JusticeProfiling the ageing population returning from custody to the community - the range of needs and service challenges 
38Criminal JusticeEvaluation of the effectiveness of the Outcome Star Tool with Criminal Justice service users 
39Criminal JusticeExamining the experience of presenting for a Crimianl Justice Social Work report and identifying any barriers to this 
40Criminal JusticeExamining experiences around 2016 legislation with reduction of time on Non Parole LicenceHow does a shorter time on licence prepare service users for the future?
41Criminal JusticeExamining the prevalence of learning difficulties/disabilities within the Criminal Justice service user population and the issues that impact on this group 
42Adult Support & ProtectionEvaluate outcomes for service users following an intervention under ASP 
43Cross cuttingEvaluating the impact of health and social care integration in GlasgowInitially proposed for Children & Families but could be explored within all relevant care groups
44Cross cuttingCarers - Impact of Carer ActGaps / opportunities
45Cross cuttingDo carers receive the training they need to undertake their role?Review of support packages to identify perceptions of gaps in training or style / quality of training
46Cross cuttingExpectation of referrers to social work servicesInitially proposed for Children & Families but could be explored between & across all care groups
47Cross cuttingHow is digital technology transforming health & social care?Students should identify narrower more focussed projects within this heading perhaps relating to a single care group
48Cross cuttingGender Based Violence - Do women "know where to go"? Understanding landscape of services for women and information availableRecommendations to improve type / access / source of information
Next update due: Sep-22

How do I apply?

In order to start the application process, you should fill out the word icon External Research Application Pack [92kb]  and return it to

The form includes a checklist of documents that should be submitted when you return your application.

When should I apply?

In order to ensure that you get a decision that meets the planned timescales of your research, you should submit your application at least one month before you need access to our resources.

We receive many external research applications every year.  Unfortunately, we are unable to approve every application we receive for a variety of reasons.

How much does it cost?

The application process is free of charge

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