SCIE news and events - 121 to 130

  • Ewan King to join SCIE team of directors 22 August 2014Open

    Ewan King has been appointed as the new Director of Business Development and Delivery at SCIE. In this new role, Ewan will play a key part in the delivery of SCIE’s work to clients including the Department of Health, and the development of other sustainable revenue streams.

    SCIE plays a hugely important role in supporting improvement in social care, equipping the sector with the knowledge, expertise, evidence and support it needs to make a difference to service users, carers and communities. I am looking forward to working with colleagues at SCIE to further develop its services.

    Ewan King, who starts as SCIE's business development and delivery director in September

  • Care services and special measures 18 July 2014Open

    Care homes and home care providers treating older people, and people at risk, without dignity and respect, will be subject to special measures from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Such providers will face an ‘unprecedented turn-around programme’, according to the Department of Health, which says the move comes alongside evidence that a special measures scheme introduced in failing hospitals in the wake of the scandal at Mid Staffs has triggered ‘transformational improvements in services’. From October, the 25,000 care home and homecare services in England will face a new inspection and rating regime that will ‘shine a light on poor care to drive up standards’. From April 2015, services rated as inadequate face being put into special measures and given a limited time period to make improvements. If they fail to improve, the CQC will be able to close them down.

  • Call for practice on preparing for adulthood 16 July 2014Open

    SCIE is doing work on the topic of Preparing for Adulthood: transition from Children’s to Adults’ services in relation to the Care Act. We are working in partnership with other organisations such as Skills for Care, Preparing for Adulthood (PfA), Local Government and others to help make some of this information and practice available. The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care is also working on producing guidance. Strand 1 Prevention: best practice for identifying all young people who may have care and support needs as adults, not only those known to children’s services. (Examples include some young people with autism or who develop care and support needs near adulthood). This strand is aimed at practitioners, strategic managers, and operational managers with the voice of young people leading. SCIE would like to hear from you regarding practice. Strand 2 Carers: a) young carers approaching adulthood b) carers of young people approaching adulthood (often parents, but applies to anyone with a caring role). What would best practice look like? Strand 3 Conversations: Handbook to support young people and carers in preparing for adulthood, setting out their rights under the Care Act and signposting to the range of existing guidance for specific groups. Send your practice examples or join the advisory group by contacting Meiling Kam at or call 020 7535 0942 for an initial discussion. The closing date is 31 July 2014.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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