The Care Life Cycle

Researching the Supply and Demand of Health and Social Care Needs within an Ageing Society

Researching the Supply and Demand of Health and Social Care Needs

In April 2010, the University of Southampton was awarded over £3million by the EPSRC (Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council) under its ‘Complexity Science in the Real World’ initiative to carry out a 5 year multidisciplinary research project on the “Care Life Cycle: Responding to the Health and Social Care Needs of an Ageing Society”.

Journal Articles

CLC research papers have been published in a number of diverse academic journals. These are all available for download.

News from CLC

View the latest news from the CLC project.


Care Life Cycle research 

In this YouTube video, Professor Jane Falkingham gives an overview of the Care Life Cycle project and presents three models that have been developed as part of the project.

The first is the 'Linked lives' model which looks at how changing family structures and living arrangements will effect the provision of informal social care in the future. In collaboration with Hampshire County Council, the second model helps forecast the number of older people in Hampshire who will require social care. Finally the third model, which has been developed in collaboration with Southampton University Hospital, is researching the links between health and social care for those with the eye condition Age-related macular degeneration. This talk was given to policy makers and practitioners at an event at the Royal Society in April 2014.

What is Complexity Science?

At the same event Professor Nigel Gilbert, from the University of Surrey, gives an introduction to Complexity Science and its relevance to public policy.

The terms multi level, non-linearity and emergence are introduced as ways of understanding society. Using examples, each term is described including the implications for policy analysis.