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Monday, 24 April 2017

Consultation: Social workers needed to support with health and wellbeing research

Written by The Editorial Team

Disability Rights UK has partnered with University of Birmingham and Sport England to develop evidence based guidelines to help social workers to have conversations with disabled people in receipt of social care support (personal budgets and direct payments) about how and where to be physically active and importantly why.


Disability Rights UK has been working with partners in disabled people’s user led organisations to develop models of practice to support more disabled people to be active locally. The evidence they have gathered through partners has helped them to understand that social workers are an important group of professionals who can instigate positive conversations about physical activity as part of assessment, support planning and review processes. They now want to find a way to support busy social work professionals to transfer this crucial information and knowledge about physical activity to the people they support.

Evidence based guidelines

The guide will include:

  • Information and statistics on the benefits of physical activity for disabled people in particular
  • Examples of good practice
  • Evidence of the outcomes associated with physical activity
  • Advice in how to quickly and easily source information about what activities are available for people to access
What THEY need

Disability Rights UK are seeking social work practitioners who can give up one hour of their time this May or early June to speak with the researchers at University of Birmingham about the guidelines they have developed. They may ask participants to take part in a further evaluation of the guidelines in July 17 for one hour.

How to get involved

If you or someone you know would be interested in taking part in the research, contact Leanne Wightman on 020 7250 8186 or email