Care Initiative

Green Templeton College’s Care Initiative explores issues associated with care of older people by bringing together people from different disciplinary and professional backgrounds.

The Initiative engages in informed debate – and research – around the complex issues involved in caring for and with older people. Its general field of interest lies in explicating the policy dimensions of care for older people and developing understanding of the linkages between social care and health care.

The aims of the Initiative are rooted in Green Templeton College’s engagement with and commitment to human welfare as a foundational college interest and common concern.

Membership of the Initiative reflects the disciplinary orientations of Green Templeton, drawing together especially scholars and students from the medical sciences, the social sciences and the business and management divisions at Oxford.

The Initiative’s events are designed to appeal to people in the public service and NGO sectors in Oxford (as well as academics from other units in Oxford) and the Initiative has been very successful in assembling a wide community of interest.

The initiative was launched on Monday 27 October 2014 with a lecture by Sir Andrew Dilnot, Chair of the Commission on Funding of Care and Support.

Activities centre around exploration of the wide ranging issues associated with the challenge of caring in an increasingly ageing society. The Initiative’s signature approach is to view these issues from a multi-faceted perspective, considering philosophical, institutional, resource and policy/service dimensions.

The topics that the Initiative has identified as key include:

  • investments in and costs of social care;
  • innovations in social and health care (with particular reference to online and digital, technological innovations);
  • reimagining and remodelling care;
  • philosophies of care and caring;
  • and the degree to which physical, social and personal environments enable people to live out their lives in the place or places which they consider home.

A ‘state of the art’ interdisciplinary review of the literature on social care for older people in the UK was undertaken in 2016, resulting in the report by Dr Sue Westwood entitled ‘Social Care and Older People in Home and Community Contexts: A Review of Existing Research and Evidence’. Professor Mary Daly and Dr Westwood have written an academic paper (submitted for journal publication) based on findings from the review.

Past Care Initiative events

Preventing falls and frailty: a review of community-level provision in England for improving strength and balance in later life
Wednesday 8 May 2019, 18:00

Speakers: Jane McDermott, Programme Manager, Centre for Ageing Better, University of Manchester, and Dr Lis Boulton, Research Fellow, Policy Research Unit Older People and Frailty, University of Manchester.

This conversation focused on presenting the results and recommendations from a recent, wide-ranging research study of local-level provision for activities to prevent falls across England. As well as case studies of good practice, it outlined recommendations to ensure that there is a sufficient supply of and support for evidence-based programmes for improving strength and balance that are accessible and affordable for everyone.

The events in Michaelmas Term 2018 were held as part of the seminar series: The Green Templeton College Health and Care Studies Seminars organised by the Fellows of Green Templeton College, Oxford.

Sustainable Care Systems: Lessons from the Four UK Nations
Thursday 11 October 2018, 18:30
Read a report from this event here

Speakers: Professor Catherine Needham and Patrick Hall, University of Birmingham.
Chair: Professor Mary Daly, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Oxford.

20 years on from devolution, the speakers presented emerging findings from a study of care regimes in the four nations of the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). It considered how the four nations can be located within typologies of care, and looked in particular at two narratives, which dominate care policy in all four settings: wellbeing and outcomes. The research is part of the ESRC Large Grant on Sustainable Care, based at the University of Sheffield.

Reform of Social Care Funding in Britain
Thursday 15 November 2018, 18:00

Read a report from this event here

Speaker: Laura Gardiner, Research Director, Resolution Foundation.
Discussant: Kate Barker, Chairman, King’s Fund Commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England.
Chair: Professor Mary Daly, Professor of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Oxford.

Contact the Care Initiative

Further information can be requested from:

Professor Mary Daly, University of Oxford


Ruth Loseby, Green Templeton College