The Sustainable Care Programme Leadership Group held its first meeting on 7 December 2017 at the University of Sheffield. The group, which meets six-monthly, includes colleagues at the Universities of Alberta, Birmingham, Sheffield, Swansea, at King’s College London and at Carers UK: it comprises the Principal Investigator, Directors of Impact and Capacity Building, Programme Manager, co-leaders of the programme’s main work strands and the leaders of its nine research teams.

At the meeting, Principal Investigator Sue Yeandle highlighted the programme’s aims and ambitions, and the team’s shared commitment in its work to values of integrity, impact, internationality, innovation, inclusivity and integration. The group reviewed the aims, research questions and plans of all the Sustainable Care research teams, whose work is organised in two main strands, on Care Systems and on Care Work & Relationships. Additional cross-programme activities on Sustainability and Wellbeing support the development of the programme’s conceptual and analytical framework.

Director of Impact Madeleine Starr led a discussion about programme plans for policy and practice impact, and the group discussed a broad framework to support the development and learning of all team members, especially early career scholars linked to the programme, guided by Director of Capacity Building Norah Keating. This considered early ideas for workshops, international activities and cross-programme communications to connect the newly appointed Sustainable Care research staff and PhD students with each other and with colleagues in our international partnership.

In closing the meeting, PI Sue Yeandle noted the importance and timeliness of the task ahead. The Sustainable Care programme aims: to conceptualise and study sustainability in care, examining issues of resource distribution and considering issues of rights, values, ethics and justice; to support policy and practice actors involved in developing and delivering care and support; and to contribute to international scholarship on care. Its focus is on arrangements which produce good quality care for all who need support, and on how these can be made sustainable with wellbeing outcomes.