Research into Lone Working in Adult Social Care

On this current project for Skills for Care, we are undertaking qualitative research to explore the impacts, benefits and challenges of lone working in the adult social care sector.

Lone working is particularly prevalent in social care and in other sectors has been shown to have potentially detrimental effects on physical and mental wellbeing for some staff.

The first phase of the work involves semi-structured, one-to-one consultations with 50 lone workers and 20 managers of lone workers from across the full spectrum of adult social care provision. In the second phase we will be running quantitative surveys aimed at both lone workers and managers across England.

The results from the study will be used by Skills for Care as they develop new resources to support lone workers and employers in adult social care.

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  • Well done – a lot of work in a short space of time and at such high quality.” Sector Skills Council

  • "Your workshop was extremely well received and enabled managers to gain detailed insight, drawing on your expertise and knowledge.” Senior manager, not-for-profit organisation

  • "It [YCL’s final report] is one of the most impressive evaluation reports I’ve had the pleasure to read.” Principal, Further Education College

  • “YCL staff understand our organisation…I have developed a great relationship with them and I hope to work with them again.” Housing Association

  • “I’ve enjoyed working with you on this project. Thanks for your co-operation and flexibility.” Government department