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Research and Innovation

Commitment to Innovation, Research and Excellence

Our research strategy is shaped and overseen by the Research and innovation Steering Group. This has senior representation from across research, staff development, operations and governance. This ensures our research focuses on the issues of greatest relevance to service delivery and that key findings are incorporated into service design, training and operational practice.

Our research is designed to make a difference in the overall experience of our Service Users and currently we have three priority areas:

  • Personality Disorder
  • Service Users with a forensic background
  • Meeting needs of people with learning disabilities and/or autism where they exhibit behaviours that challenge traditional services

Praxis Care supports innovative internal and external research, sharing the findings through our quarterly practice magazine. Praxis Care regularly engages in routine service user and employee satisfaction surveys enabling the identification of improvement opportunities.

Our jointly appointed Professor of Social Care, in partnership with Queens University of Belfast, has greatly strengthened our capacity to conduct both direct research and systematic reviews of research literature world-wide. Our aim to match and improve on world best practice and service provision.

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Our Research Team

We support innovative research opportunities and actively promote evidence based practice.

Our research on topics such as self-advocacy and user involvement, community health needs, volunteer befriending, alcohol related brain injury, and has evaluated various models of service provision.

Our Research Team

The Department has carried out research on topics such as self-advocacy and user involvement, community health needs, volunteer befriending, alcohol related brain injury, and has evaluated various models of service provision. This research directly informs our service design, our training and our practice standards. That, along with feedback from people using and funding our services is the driver of continuous improvement.  

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