SCIE news and events

Paul Burstow announced as new SCIE chair (27 July 2017)

Paul Burstow – social policy expert and former minister of state for social care - has been appointed as chair of the national improvement agency and independent charity, the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Following a competitive selection process and formal approval by the SCIE Board of Trustees today, Paul takes over from Lord Michael Bichard as chair with immediate effect.

I am looking forward to working with the team at SCIE. These are tough times for social care and now more than ever the sector needs a practical solutions-focused improvement agency.

CQC report: specialist mental health care in England. SCIE response (21 July 2017)

The Care Quality Commission has published findings from comprehensive inspections of mental health services. A high number of services were rated as 'good'. However, the report also identifies several areas of concern, including that care can be over-restrictive and institutional in nature. Welcoming CQC’s review of mental health services, SCIE’s Tony hunter responded saying:

Our mental health is as crucial as our physical health – and the two are inextricably linked. CQC’s report usefully highlights good practice – as well as areas requiring improvement. As part of our work, SCIE will be sharing our knowledge of what works to make services safe, and how co-production and co-design with people who use mental health services can improve the quality of care.

Personalisation in care homes for older people (15 June 2017)

Personalisation means putting the older person, who lives in a care home, at the centre of everything they do. It focuses on their personal history and strengths, their hopes and ambitions. A new planning tool and four videos have been launched today, to coincide with National Care Home Open Day on 16 June. They support managers, staff, providers, commissioners and others.

Person-centred care sees people shaping their own care to fit their personal needs, and having access to information about what could be available. The new planning tool and four films can really support managers, staff and others to provide personalised services in care homes to improve the quality of residents’ lives.

Tony Hunter, SCIE chief executive

Carers Week 2017 #carersweek2017 (13 June 2017)

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. Please see the links below for SCIE carer resources.

Changing together: brokering constructive conversations (31 May 2017)

Wicked issues – complex problems that cannot be solved in a traditional fashion – are nothing new. But the current challenges facing the NHS, social care and others are arguably the most ‘wicked’ yet. There is a danger that the new models of care discussed in the Five Year Forward View will be implemented in ways which fail to recognise their inherent complexity. A new report presents the findings from a research study which explores how we can better broker constructive conversations. This means having in-depth dialogues between people who commission and provide services and patients, service users and the public to tackle the most difficult issues associated with the implementation of new models of care. The research was undertaken by the SCIE, working in partnership with PPL and the Institute for Government; and funded by the Health Foundation’s Policy Challenge Fund.

We want to encourage in-depth dialogues between people who commission and provide services and patients, service users and the public - with citizens.

Ewan King, SCIE's director of business development and delivery

Co-production blog and commitments (26 May 2017)

SCIE's Co-production Week will run for the second year in a row. Starting on 3 July it will include a Twitter event and a festival. The Co-production Week blog already as many articles on it. And we're taking people's Co-production Commitments: one thing that people and organisations pledge to do to put users and carers at the centre of decision on commissioning, delivering and evaluating services. Twitter hashtag: #coproweek

Panorama: homecare (21 March 2017)

Last night Panorama investigated the challenges facing homecare providers. The programme looked at the issue of delayed transfers of care. Think Local Act Personal, SCIE and Helen Sanderson Associates recently hosted a seminar on homecare.

SCIE chair appointment, with update (16 March 2017)

Update, 16 March 2017: The appointment of Alison O’Sullivan as SCIE chair is no longer proceeding. Lord Bichard will continue in the role of chair until a new chair is appointed. A new recruitment process will begin shortly. Original announcement, 07 March 2017: Alison O’Sullivan, a former President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and former director of children’s, adults and social services at Kirklees and Bradford, has been appointed as the new chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

SCIE response to the budget (08 March 2017)

Responding to the budget, SCIE's chief executive Tony Hunter says:

The additional £2bn funding for social care is welcome. The challenge now is how to use this investment to deliver sustainable transformation. Evidence that SCIE is gathering indicates that by using all the resources and assets available – including the NHS, local authorities, voluntary, community and family support – and integrating them around the person, we can make a real difference. This is by no means easy and requires all of us to think differently about our roles and responsibilities to ensure high quality care and support.

New SCIE chair appointed (07 March 2017)

Alison O’Sullivan, a former President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and former director of children’s, adults and social services at Kirklees and Bradford, has been appointed as the new chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

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