Improvement Service shortlisted for LARIA Research Impact Award


The Improvement Service’s Social Return on Investment (SROI) analysis of the embedding of welfare rights advisors in medical practices has been shortlisted for the ‘best use of local area research’ award in the Local Area Research and Intelligence Association (LARIA) Research Impact Awards. This award recognises research that has facilitated greater understanding of a local issue, and led to evidence-based decision-making within a public sector body.


The analysis was carried out in partnership with NHS Lothian, Dundee City Council, and Granton Information Centre. It found that embedding welfare rights advisors in medical practices, with consensual access to medical records, has substantial benefits for patients, medical practice staff, welfare rights advisors, and funders.


Following the release of the report, there has been significant interest from local authorities and Health and Social Care partnerships in adopting the service delivery model. The Scottish Government also committed funding for a Welfare Rights Advice Service Facilitator post to support further roll-out across the country.


See the full shortlist for all awards.


Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony in Chester on 22 May 2018.