SCIE news and events
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
Palliative or "End of life" care? Video and survey 24 January 2014Open
Recently, as part of a film project, we posed the question to the general public: "What do you think and feel when you hear the terms 'palliative' and 'End of life' care?" Responses will be fed into our new project on terms used by professionals. We're also running a survey that you can take part in. It asks what you think and feel when you hear the terms 'palliative' and 'end of life' care." "
Autism quality standard - SCIE response 21 January 2014Open
Autism is a lifelong condition affecting than half a million people in the UK. Of these 80,000 are thought to be children of school age. A new quality standard, from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, contains eight measurable statements, which together can improve the quality and consistency of care for people with the condition.
People with autism should expect to access good quality care and support from health and social care services, when needing it, in order to live a good life.SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter
Closing the Gap: Priorities for essential change in mental health – SCIE respons 20 January 2014Open
SCIE's response to the Government’s priorities for essential change in mental health
We are all affected by it either personally, or through our friends and family. SCIE shares the Government’s drive to improve care and support in this area. Our work focuses on groups that are often overlooked - older people, and young people moving from children’s to adults’ services.SCIE chief executive, Tony Hunter
End of life care - survey on terminology 20 January 2014Open
The terms ‘palliative’ and ‘end of life care’ are widely used but don’t always mean the same thing to people. SCIE are working with the National Council for Palliative Care to explore what people from social care, health and the general public think and feel when they hear the two terms. The feedback that we get will be used anonymously to improve the way we talk to and with people and their families about death and dying. We would be delighted if you were able to take a couple of moments to complete our online questionnaire to give us your thoughts on the terms ‘palliative’ and ‘end of life care.’ Your details will not be kept on file." "
Access to GPs 15 January 2014Open
The body that represents independent care providers, Care England, has re-investigated the practice of GPs charging retainers to work with care homes. Original research showed this was a widespread. The new investigation suggests the practice is still going on.
This report is so important because it highlights where improvements need to made in the relationship between GPs and care homes. SCIE has a new resource called: GP services for older people: a guide for care home managers. Care home and nursing home residents have the same rights as the rest of the population to access the full range of general medical services, yet evidence suggest that many residents are unable to access GP services. We encourage all staff in care homes to have clear lines of communication with GPs, so that people who live there can have a better quality of life, with good access to a GP.SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter
Mental wellbeing in care homes 12 December 2013Open
Responding to the launch of a new NICE quality standard, on the mental wellbeing of older people in care homes, SCIE’s Chair, Lord Michael Bichard, says that this quality standard is particularly helpful because mental wellbeing pays attention to what older people consider important.
Quality standards like this one can help to maintain good mental health. Often, older people’s mental health can easily be overlooked; but looking after mental health can be just as important as good physical care.SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard
Dementia G8 Summit: research into care and support as important as medical resea 11 December 2013Open
SCIE Dementia Gateway relaunched and new partnership between SCIE and Salford Institute for Dementia announced. On the day of the G8 Dementia Summit, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is calling on G8 members to focus on research into supporting people with dementia, as well research into the causes of dementia.
G8 members must remember the essential role of social care and support for people with dementia, their family and friends. Research and guidance in this area is as crucial as medical research into the causes of dementia.SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard
G8 Dementia Summit 11 Dec 09 December 2013Open
The UK is hosting a G8 summit on dementia in London on 11 December. The summit aims to develop co-ordinated global action on dementia." "
Steve Palmer, Press Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
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