Created in 2005, the Centre for Research and Innovation in Care Sciences is now based in the Faculty of Life Sciences & Education. The Centre was established in response to the growing number of Research Units within the School of Care Sciences, when it became logical to coordinate their activities and management through an overarching structure.
The first Research Unit (Care Sciences) that now forms part of CRICS was formed in 1996, a year after the establishment of the School of Care Sciences at the University of Glamorgan. The Welsh Institute for Health & Social Care and the Health Economics and Policy Research Unit joined the school shortly after, followed by the Genomics Policy (GPU), and Intellectual Disability (UDID) Research Units. In 2006, the School of Care Sciences merged with the School of Applied Sciences, forming the Faculty of Health, Sport and Science. Two more research groups were established within CRICS subsequently, Healthcare Education and Clinical Technology & Diagnostics. With the changes following the formation of the University of South Wales with faculty structures once gain incorporating Schools, CRICS members are now drawn from staff of the new School of Care Sciences and School of Health, Sport & Professional Practice.
CRICS has built up a significant portfolio of completed and ongoing research. It enjoys close links with NHS Health Boards and Trusts, professional bodies, industry, the voluntary sector and others, undertaking research relevant to health and social care practice, patient/client care, service provision, education, and to inform policy. Much of our work is collaborative, with partners in Wales, the UK and overseas.
CRICS entered the Research Assessment Exercise (RAE) in 2001, only six years after the original School of Care Sciences was founded, when it returned 29 staff to the Nursing unit of assessment and gained a 3b rating. The profile awarded to the Nursing entry in RAE 2008 was better again, placing us 13/36 (ResearchResearch league tables) with 75% of our research judged as being at least of international quality. The Nursing panel commented on the realistic and robust research strategy, underpinned by a solid research structure and good support mechanisms with an emphasis on research training and capacity building. Active involvement of service users and strong public involvement was also noted – something that CRICS has a long term commitment towards.