SCIE news and events

SCIE bulletin 15 February 2017 (15 February 2017)

This time, we focus on the Named Social Worker project, which provides continuity for people with learning disabilities. We also highlight the upcoming webinar, run by Think Local Act Personal, about how to improve homecare. Plus new training courses and blogs.

Named social worker report (15 February 2017)

In six areas of the country, a 'named social worker' is being provided for people with learning disabilities, providing better continuity of care. Today we publish an interim report on the project.

National Audit Office report on social care. SCIE response (08 February 2017)

Responding to the National Audit Office report on health and social care integration, Tony Hunter, SCIE chief executive says:

"SCIE’s work indicates that everyone is committed to the concept of integration – from members of the public to the NHS, councils, and the private, voluntary and community based organisations that provide care and support. The challenge is how to transform current arrangements into a truly person-centred system."

Reimagining home care (06 February 2017)

New blog for the SCIE site: Helen Sanderson says that to address 'significant problems' in home care, a focus on needed on creating local wellbeing teams.

SCIE bulletin 3 February 2017 (03 February 2017)

Our newsletter focuses on supporting adults with autism; it also includes a training course on safeguarding adults.

SCIE bulletin 18 January 2017 (26 January 2017)

Items on the Shared Society and how SCIE can help; plus a survey on how to improve IT for social workers; along with an update on our project on looked after children and mental wellbeing

SCIE's work in Birmingham quoted (11 January 2017)

SCIE's work has been mentioned in the Guardian. The article is entitled: "Social care does need more funds, but there are also savings to be made." Research by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in Birmingham shows that significant savings could be made if the city adopted three models of care reform pioneered elsewhere.

Goodbye to Amanda (20 December 2016)

Today we say a fond farewell to Amanda Edwards on her retirement. Amanda’s been with SCIE since 2002. Among her many roles Amanda has been Deputy Chief Executive and headed up the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care. A tribute is being paid in the office today for Amanda, whose wise counsel and great experience of the sector will be missed.

Social care funding in the news (16 December 2016)

This week has seen much coverage of social care in the news. The issue featured in Prime Minister's Question Time on Wednesday and on Thursday it was announced that ministers will let local authorities bring forward council tax rises. SCIE's Ewan King wrote a blog for the Department of Health giving his response.

New mental capacity film (01 December 2016)

Do you know how to help someone who may lack capacity, to make decisions? In a new film, Baroness Finlay, Chair of the National Mental Capacity Forum, explains how the Mental Capacity Act can support care staff with difficult decisions. "The MCA isn't a blanket judgement over people's mental capacity." The new SCIE bulletin looks at this and other issues from female genital mutilation - an multi-agency response - to using art to support personalisation in care services.

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