CASCADE are delighted to announce that we have been awarded three exciting research fellowships.

Leaving a pupil referral unit: Exploring the transitions and post-16 destinations of care experienced young people across WalesPhil Smith
How can we improve the experiences and outcomes of autistic children in care? A mixed methods study of needs, services, and good practiceSarah Thompson
Linking survey and administrative data to enhance understandings of risky behaviours and potential protective factors in children receiving social care: A feasibility studyDr Helen Hodges

These three research projects are among 23 Health and Care Research Wales funding call awards for 2020-21, which have a combined lifetime value of almost £6.5m.

The schemes offer varying levels of support in order to address different research needs, from supporting talented individuals to become independent researchers to funding high-quality research projects relevant to health and wellbeing needs across Wales.

Michael Bowdery, Head of Programmes, Health and Care Research Wales, said: “As always, the standard of applications was very high this year. We are pleased with the range of important topic areas these awards cover, including investigations into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in a variety of settings. Investing in research and our researchers is vital to our goal, to boost the health and prosperity of people in Wales.”

About Health and Care Research Wales:

Health and Care Research Wales is the delivery arm and external brand of the Welsh Government’s Health and Social Services Research & Development Division. Health and Care Research Wales works in partnership with the NHS, universities, local government, other research funders, patients and the public to fund, support and increase research that can transform lives, promotes economic growth and advance science.