How can we best provide sustainable care and support to help older people live happier and more fulfilling lives?

Setting priorities for social care research in Wales

What is the aim of this project?

Health and Care Research Wales and Social Care Wales want to identify research priorities for the social care and support of people aged 65 and over. They have launched a survey aimed at people in Wales aged 65 and over who have received care or support, and professionals, volunteers and family members who provide that care.

They want to find out the most pressing concerns, from the perspectives of older people who use social care services and the people who support them.

They will then work with those groups to prioritise the ones that they think are most important for research to address. The aim is to develop a social care research agenda that will enable older people in Wales to live happier and more fulfilling lives.

They are working in association with the James Lind Alliance, using their method for prioritising research.

How to get involved

Take part in the survey here. It will take about 10 minutes to complete and is open from 8 June to 6 July 2020. What you think matters!

If you can, please support and encourage others to take part. We are happy to receive submissions based on group discussions about the survey questions, especially for those who are unable to complete an online survey. We want to ensure a wide range of voices have a chance to be heard. If you are able to collaborate us and help to champion the survey in any way, please contact

What you think matters

When research happens in future, we want it to be research that makes a real difference to the lives of older people in Wales and which improves the quality of the care and support they receive.

Your real life experience and questions about social care are at the heart of this project.

Thank you for your help.

For more information visit the Health and Care Research Wales website or email