SCIE news and events

  • Digital working, learning and sharing 06 March 2014Open

    SCIE, the Department of Health, Skills for Care, the National Skills Academy for Social Care and The College of Social Work have developed a workforce strategy to support the use of digital technology within adult social care. The strategy sets out the principles for implementing digital working, learning and information sharing.

    Digital technology offers social care staff a real opportunity to learn, share and work together. We know that our elearning resources and online Social Care TV films are consistently popular amongst care workers and trainers. Digital works. So we are delighted to sign up to this new workforce development strategy.”

    Stephen Goulder, SCIE’s Director of Corporate Services, speaking at today's launch

  • Mental health crisis care: SCIE response 18 February 2014Open

    Public services should work together to respond to people who are in mental health crisis. That's the conclusion of a joint statement, signed by many organisations that provide public services, from police and ambulance services to social care and health.

    This concordat is an important step in improving services for people with mental health problems. In particular, SCIE welcomes the inclusion of prevention and recovery in the agreement. The evidence from the sector shows us that joint working is essential to the delivery of effective support to people of all ages with mental health problems. GPs, A&E, care services, and employment and leisure services all have an important role to play in preventing, identifying and supporting the many people who are affected by mental health problems at some stage of their lives. SCIE will continue to prioritise this issue. For example, we are developing, as part of our support for the integration agenda, guidance on the use of combined personal health and personal care budgets, to support people with mental health problems.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

  • Social work education review 13 February 2014Open

    SCIE welcomes Sir Martin Narey's review of social work education.

    Social workers need to be well prepared for a challenging career. Martin Narey’s report on social work education is a very useful analysis of the current system. SCIE welcomes the emphasis on providing greater clarity about the skills and knowledge that all new social workers must have. We also agree that we need to maintain a generic profession, but with flexibility to specialise- for example - in children’s services during training. We also encourage all universities to improve how they involve people who use services in the development and delivery of training, and to take full advantage of the reliable training materials currently available, including SCIE resources.

    Tony Hunter, Chief Executive, SCIE

  • Care Bill: House of Lords evidence from SCIE 05 February 2014Open

    SCIE's written evidence to the House of Lords, concerning the Care Bill, has been published. Issues covered include commissioning and prevention, integration, and participation and co-production.

    SCIE supports the Care Bill and its aim to establish a coherent and comprehensive piece of legislation that has the wellbeing of individuals at its heart.

    Written evidence submitted by Social Care Institute for Excellence

  • Dignity Action Day 31 January 2014Open

    1 February is Dignity Action Day. Twitter hashtag #dad2014

    Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, including people who use care services. Dignity Action Day on 1 February is an opportunity for care and health staff to demonstrate and celebrate how they are supporting people’s dignity. As a member of the national Dignity Council, SCIE is delighted to support the day by sharing our knowledge about good practice through Twitter, Facebook and our website. We are sharing top tips on how to uphold people’s right to dignity such as: don’t assume you know what people want; always ask and train your staff so that they can communicate clearly.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

  • A and E figures: SCIE response 29 January 2014Open

    Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that the number of older people going to casualty has increased in recent years.

    These figures show a worrying increase in older people’s admission to A and E; it’s an urgent issue for policy-makers and care staff. It’s easy for people to respond to the report by laying the fault, separately at the door of GPs, social care staff and other services in the community. Our evidence shows that more effective joint working between community-based health and care services can reduce all types of unnecessary hospital admissions, not just those to A and E.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

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