Kent Research Partnership aims to develop sustainable Kent-based Communities of Practice to support the delivery of high quality social care research on the topics that matter most in our region.


Our Communities of Practice were developed during 3 priority-setting events that brought together adult social care providers, experts by experience (in receipt of social care services themselves or supporting someone who is) and researchers across Kent.

Community of Practice Aims:

  • Bring together people with different experiences and expertise around a shared interest in a particular topic.
  • Aim to create provide opportunities for innovation based on a diverse range of experience.
  • Can include research, practice tools, knowledge sharing and network building.

We have 2 Communities of Practice:

CoP1: Enhancing, diversifying and sustaining the social care workforce

CoP2: Supporting people with complex needs throughout the lifespan


You are welcome to join either or both!

Format: monthly meetings, speakers on specific issues, challenges or good practice highlights, followed by wider discussions and learning from how others are addressing a common challenge.

Opportunities to build networks and develop projects on relevant sub-topics in smaller groups.

Opportunities for COP members:

  • Connect with social care practitioners and people with lived experience of social care to plan future research, disseminate findings and talk about evidence-based practice
  • Present research ideas and get pre-application feedback on your research question, methods, public involvement plans and routes to impact.
  • Funded pre-application PPI support: COP members with project ideas that get with our members’ priorities can request pre-application support (e.g., 1-2 working group members could review your application or help draft your Plain English Summary).
  • Opportunities for co-research from the very start: talk to COP members and see if any are interested in being involved as collaborators in your funding applications.

Read our Quick Guide to CoPs:

CoPs – quick guide for new members

To join, email: