SCIE news and events

  • New SCIE film - Whistleblowing: improving organisational practice 07 July 2014Open

    Staff who raise concerns over bad practice in health and social care are increasingly being seen in a positive light, especially because of the benefits their whistleblowing can bring to the quality of care and support organisations provide. A new film looks at how whistleblowing can be a vital opportunity to stop poor practice at an early stage, before it becomes normalised. The freedom to raise genuine concerns, without fear of consequences, means that staff can go ahead and ‘do the right thing’ and organisations can learn to improve practice. The film is launched today by SCIE, providing support for health and social care staff and managers over whistleblowing.

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  • SCIE survey: Tell us what you think 02 July 2014Open

    We want to ensure that the products and services we offer are of real value – so we’ve put together a short questionnaire about our current and future work: • What do you think about our current products and services and how have you used them? • What improvement support are you likely to need in the future? • What products and services should SCIE offer that would help you to improve care and support services? If you complete our questionnaire by 5pm Monday 7 July, you can enter a prize draw for £50 worth of Amazon vouchers. The questionnaire is being analysed by independent research agency TNS BMRB, so your responses will be anonymous. If you want to take part in the prize draw, you will need to fill in your email address, but this will be kept separate from your answers.

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  • Care home open day 20 June 19 June 2014Open

    On June 20th 2014, thousands of UK care homes will be opening their doors to welcome the public, connect residents with their local communities, and change perceptions of care homes for good.

    I’ll be joining several SCIE staff as they visit care homes in England and Wales today. The day is a good chance to show some of the great and innovative practice that’s taking place in care homes throughout the UK. From dementia villages built on site, to harpists performing for residents, we’re excited about seeing what’s on offer. We often hear negative stories about care homes: today we get to hear some positive news. Today we’ll be concentrating on homes providing dignity and respect for residents. Do get involved, for instance by tweeting about your experiences and stories you’ve heard. The hashtag is #nchod14.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

  • Changes to SCIE site 17 June 2014Open

    Our website will shortly be improved, with better access to useful resources on the priority issues for the sector, such as dementia, co-production, adult safeguarding and many more. You’ll be able to request a quote for SCIE’s training and consultancy, link to related resources and hear what people in the sector are saying about our work. There will be ongoing improvements, with changes taking place over the next few months.

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  • New personalisation agreement 05 June 2014Open

    Many people want personalised community-based care and support. That’s what they’ve been telling the Think Local Act Personal consortium, who have today published a new partnership agreement, setting out a new vision for personalisation, based on what people have said is a priority, following the enormous changes to the care and health sector since 2011.

    Almost 50 organisations have signed up to this agreement, ranging from health to housing to social care bodies. It’s important because it’s about embedding co-production and personalisation into the care and support that occurs across communities. I gather that all partners are making specific commitments for how they will support delivery of the agreement; for our part, SCIE will continue to host TLAP and to coordinate work with them, including the project about direct payments in residential care.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

  • Adult safeguarding for housing staff 24 April 2014Open

    Housing staff have a vital role to play in safeguarding adults from abuse, neglect and harm, working alongside their colleagues in social care, health and the police. They are well placed to identify people at risk of abuse and it is important that they work in partnership to coordinate responses and know when to share information. A new guide, produced by SCIE, improves communication and joint working between housing staff and their safeguarding partners, particularly local authority social care staff with safeguarding responsibilities. SCIE has also produced a promotional film to raise awareness of the Guide.

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  • Investing in adult social work: SCIE response 08 April 2014Open

    The College of Social Work has today launched several key documents outlining the case for investing in adult social work. Here’s SCIE’s response

    SCIE welcomes the College demonstrating its role as speaking for the social work profession by commissioning material to support its business case for adult social work. The documents published today are a mixture of research, including international material, and expert opinion. They provide a timely contribution to Care Bill implementation. This initiative encourages informed discussion about the contribution and best use of social work in achieving the aims of the Care Act 2015.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

  • Whistleblowing: call for practice 01 April 2014Open

    Send us your examples of good organisational practice on whistleblowing. We wish to hear about what is in place to support improvements in practice, how organisations have managed to avoid the need to whistle blow by its actions, and what a listening organisation might look like in reality. We hope to use the examples in a future Social Care TV film. Closing date: 11 April 2014

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  • Social Care TV: Improved, renewed and updated 27 March 2014Open

    Everyone involved in social care will want to know about Social Care TV, which, it’s announced today, is being updated to fully support social care workers’ learning and development. Launched in 2009, Social Care TV is the online channel created to show the work and lives of people involved in social care. Many of the 120 films in the catalogue have now been reviewed and updated, to focus more on learning and development. They include learning points, written in plain English, as part of staff members’ continued professional development, so that they can keep on improving the lives of people who use services. Films can be watched on computers but also on hand-held devices via You Tube.

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  • Assessed and Supported Year in Employment 27 March 2014Open

    Social workers’ jobs are complex. They need to develop skills, knowledge and professional competence. During their first year in practice Social workers will face many challenges, but will achieve just as many rewards. This is known as the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE). A new film, launched today on Social Care TV, shows how effective a good ASYE can be for social workers and their employers. The film was made in collaboration with Skills for Care and The College of Social Work. Social Care TV, bring the topics alive through the stories of people who use services, their families, friends, and staff who support them.

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