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Call for public advisors

Do you want get involved in research that will help policymakers put policies in place that improve the lives of people who use services and their carers?

The NIHR Policy Research Unit in Adult Social Care (ASCRU) is funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR). ASCRU was established in 2019 and its contract runs until the end of 2023. Adult social care covers a range of activities for people with many different needs such as providing help and care for adults because of their age, illness, disability or other circumstances. It also includes support for family members or other unpaid carers.

ASCRU carries out research to support national and local policymakers to have the evidence and information they need to make decisions about adult social care. 


New public advisors


We are looking for two members of the public to join our Public Involvement and Engagement Group (PIEG) and to be public advisors on our research projects, many of which focus on social care and older people.

  • Are you interested in research?

  • Do you have experience of working in committees or meetings?

  • Do you have experience of using adult social care services for older people?

Read more about the role of PIEG public advisors

Apply to become an ASCRU public advisor

We offer payment for meetings and involvement activities as well as expenses, training and support. The PIEG meets two times a year and there will be opportunities to be involved in other ASCRU activities. We are currently meeting online and this will remain an option when we return to face-to-face meetings. Our meetings are held in central London in a fully wheelchair accessible building (please contact us about any other accessibility requirements).

Please read person specification before completing your application form .

The online application form is available here

Deadline for return of the application: 10.00 on Monday 4 October 2021

Shortlisted applicants will be invited for an informal zoom discussion on Friday 15 October 2021

“The NIHR Policy Research Unit in Adult Social Care will contribute high-quality research evidence that supports policy developments in the long-term care area. Our public advisors are important in helping ASCRU to produce evidence  to support improvements in care policies and services.”

Dr Jose-Luis Fernandez, Director.

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