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Social Care Employment Survey

Title of Project: Review of Evidence of Variation in Terms and Conditions for Social Care Employment Contracts in Wales

The Welsh Institute of Health and Social Care (WIHSC), University of South Wales have been commissioned by the Welsh Government to undertake the above study. This leaflet gives you information about the study and invites you to take part.

What am I being asked to do?

We would like you to take part in an online survey about employment terms and conditions for health and social care contracts in Wales. Data Cymru who has significant experience in collecting and managing workforce data is managing the survey.

The survey will ask you to notify your interest in taking part in a future telephone interview. If you do express your interest, the research team will follow this up with you at a later date and provide you with a separate information sheet for you to consider and ask questions.

Do I have to take part?

No, your involvement is voluntary. It is up to you if you want to take part or not. You will receive a link to complete the survey and you will be notified at the beginning (with a reminder at the end), that your completion implies consent to participate and you will be asked to tick a box to confirm, before progressing to the survey questions. If you decide not to take part, please disregard the link. A decision not to take part is without consequence to yourself.

You are free to withdraw from the study at any time, without giving a reason and without consequence to yourself. It will be possible to ask for your data to be removed from the project, up to month after your participation in the survey.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?

We cannot guarantee any direct benefits to you. However, the information you provide will help inform understanding about terms and conditions for social care employment contracts in Wales.

What are the possible risks and disadvantages of taking part?

The risks of taking part are minimal and is unlikely to cause distress. You do not have to answer any questions you do not feel comfortable with and can withdraw at any time. If you wish to discuss any issues you can contact us using the details provided at the end of this information sheet.

Will what I say to the study team be confidential?

Yes. Information you provide will be kept confidential.

Please note: Any disclosures of illegal / unprofessional activity, something that suggests somebody might be harmed, or activities that require escalation will need to be reported to the appropriate authorities.

What will happen to the information the evaluation team collect?  

Results of this study will be presented to the Welsh Government and will also be published in academic journals.

Who do I contact if I want more information?

If you have any questions about this study, please contact Dr Sarah Wallace, Senior Research Fellow, sarah.wallace@southwales.ac.uk or 01443 483882.

Should you wish to complain about any aspect of the study, please contact Jonathan Sinfield, Research Governance Officer, Research and Business Development Office, University of South Wales, on 01443 484518 or jonathan.sinfield@southwales.ac.uk.

Professor Mark Llewellyn, Director of WIHSC, has overall responsibility for this project.  Email: mark.llewellyn@southwales.ac.uk or phone 01443 483070.

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