SCIE news and events

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.

Care workers: building the future social care workforce (17 November 2016)

It is well recognised that more care workers are needed to meet the care and support needs of the future. A new paper from the Social Care Institute for Excellence looks at three hypothetical future scenarios, and how the sector might respond to the challenges and opportunities those scenarios offer in relation to recruiting, training and retaining care workers.

Report on "shocking reality of dementia home care". SCIE comment (17 November 2016)

A report by Alzheimer’s Society, published today, claims that only two per cent of people affected by dementia say home care workers have enough dementia training. The investigation exposes “A vicious cycle where a lack of dementia training for homecare workers results in intolerable stress for people with dementia, families and carers - and for the homecare workers themselves.”

“It’s concerning that half of the people surveyed don’t think that home care workers understand the specific needs of people with dementia. It’s important that all people who offer dementia care and support in the community, including home care workers, understand how to support people with the condition that live in those communities. That includes establishing trust to support good communication; working with family carers and friends; and having specialist knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and safeguarding.

SCIE’s chief executive Tony Hunter

SCIE comment on King's Fund report on Sustainability & Transformation Plans (14 November 2016)

SCIE welcomes the report by The King’s Fund on Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), and agrees with their analysis that STPs – despite the challenges of implementation – offer a good platform for the transformation of care and support.

Developing local STPs has clearly been challenging. Delivering the plans will require even greater levels of joint working across the NHS, local government, voluntary, community and private sectors – and, critically, with local citizens. That has never been easy but STPs have the potential to drive cultural and behavioural change. It requires us to challenge the notion of ‘leadership’ and co-produce solutions with local communities and our partners.

SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter, speaking about the report.

SCIE Chair to step down (11 November 2016)

After four years in post, Lord Michael Bichard will step down as Chair of SCIE in March 2017. Lord Bichard, who joined SCIE in 2013, had already completed his three-year term and agreed to a one year extension to March 2017. During that time, Lord Bichard has overseen major changes at SCIE including the development of training and consultancy services, delivery of major work programmes such as the Care Act and Better Care Fund, and leading the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care.

I am very proud at what we have achieved and thrilled to leave such a robust Board and organisation in place. I will also leave confident that SCIE has a strong future, with the capacity and leadership to succeed.

Total transformation – creating a five year forward view for social care (02 November 2016)

Adult social care will struggle to continue to provide good services that meet rising demand without significant transformation. Scaling up promising models could improve outcomes for individuals – and result in savings for both adult social care and the NHS. That's one conclusion in a new paper published today by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) published today.

How better information and technology can support social work (26 October 2016)

NHS Digital are currently conducting research with the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and the market research organisation GfK to help us understand how technology can help social workers apply their skills where they make most difference.

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