What we do
We provide bespoke adult mental health and social care research, knowledge and advisory services, including:
- Evidence scoping, analysis and review
- Social care and mental health policy analysis
- Person-centred evaluations of mental health and social care support
- Research appraisal, review and synthesis
- Reporting and report writing
- Online learning resource content development
- Expertise by experience on adult mental health
- Presentations and talks on specific areas of expertise
We have extensive expertise in:
- Evidence appraisal, review and synthesis
- Patient experience
- Service user participation
- Personalisation in adult mental health and social care
- Social perspectives in mental health
- Evidence-based working in mental health and social care
- Equality and diversity (particularly LGB perspectives)
About Dr Sarah Carr
Dr Sarah Carr has over 15 years experience of research, knowledge management and policy analysis in mental health and social care. Most recently she worked for the Social Care Institute of Excellence (SCIE) as a Senior Research Analyst and was seconded to the role of Joint Head of Participation. Sarah is a SCIE Associate.
Sarah has particular expertise in service user participation, public and patient involvement and equality and has published widely on the topic. She was a member of the NIHR INVOLVE standing committee. Sarah has lived experience of mental health service use and was part of the NICE guideline development group for CG136 Service user experience in adult mental health. Sarah is a member of the Care Quality Commission Adult Social Care Co-production Group. She is Co-Vice Chair of the National Survivor User Network (NSUN) and sits on the editorial board of Disability and Society.
Sarah also specialises in personalisation, mental health, evidence-based practice, policy and research analysis and literature reviews. In 2008 she authored Personalisation: A rough guide, a foundational policy implementation guide for the adult social care sector. Please visit the Library pages for more examples.
She holds a number of Honorary academic posts including Senior Lecturer at the School for Social Policy, Birmingham and Visiting Fellow at the School of Social Policy and Social Work at York where she co-chairs the Lived Experience Advisory Panel at the International Centre for Mental Health Social Research.
Core values and research ethics
Our core values and principles are very important to us and we:
- are committed to using experiential knowledge as evidence
- maintain focus on outcomes for the service user, patient or carer at all times
- value the knowledge and contribution of frontline staff, family and friends
- acknowledge the complexity of people's identities and experiences
- have an approach grounded in the social model of disability
- believe service users, patients and carers have assets and expertise
We offer professional academic rigour and are committed to using clear accessible language. Our research and evaluation work is conducted according to the Economic and Social Research Council's (ESRC) six Key Principles for Ethical Research.
Dr Sarah Carr holds an Enhanced Certificate from the Home Office Disclosure and Barring Service and is Prince 2 Foundation qualified.
Sarah Carr and Associates Ltd is covered by both professional indemnity and public liability insurance.