NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care

Who's who

Amanda Edwards, Director, NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care

Amanda has overall responsibility for ensuring that the NCCSC delivers on its work programme for NICE. Amanda is also the Deputy Chief Executive of SCIE. Amanda qualified as a social worker and has experience in policy, practice and service delivery, gained from her time in both central and local government. Previous to her role at SCIE, Amanda was a Principal Policy Adviser at the Cabinet Office in the Centre for Management and Policy Studies. Before that she was at the former Social Services Inspectorate where she worked on a number of policy areas about the provision of social care and social services. At SCIE, she led on children and families work, and knowledge management.

Carolyn Denne, Head of  Delivery and Implementation Support

Carolyn leads on the delivery and continuous improvement of the dissemination, adoption and project management functions within the NCCSC. She is responsible for strategic level planning and liaison with NICE, SCIE and partners, helping to ensure that key stakeholders who commission, provide and use adults' and children's services know about and contribute to NICE guidance and quality standards for social care and can make best use of them to improve quality. Carolyn was previously Head of Service Quality for Adults at SCIE.

Beth Anderson, Head of Research & Information

Beth leads the planning and delivery of NCCSC's guidance development work. She has strategic responsibility for implementing and quality assuring the Collaborating Centre’s methods, liaising with NICE, SCIE and partners to ensure that guidance is based on the best available evidence, using rigorous, transparent processes. Beth also manages SCIE's research function, leading a team of analysts and information specialists. She was previously the Interim Joint Head of Children's Services at SCIE.

NCCSC Partners

The NCCSC is hosted by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and partners.

SCIE logo NICE awarded the contract to host the NCCSC to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). The NCCSC is based at SCIE’s offices and SCIE employees deliver a range of roles for the NCCSC. SCIE leads on all areas of the Centre’s work, in collaboration with its partners.
EPPI Centre logo

Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) which is part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London. The EPPI-Centre provides expertise in systematic review and information science and will deliver evidence reviews in support of guidance development.

PSSRU logo Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Kent. PSSRU leads and advises on economic issues and undertakes economic evaluation and modeling.
Research in Practice (RIP). RIP brings current sector knowledge and expertise in the implementation of research findings and supports NCCSC work on dissemination and adoption.
RIPFA logo Research in Practice for Adults (RIPfA). RIPfA brings current sector knowledge and expertise in the implementation of research findings and supports NCCSC work on dissemination and adoption.