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

  • 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.

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  • 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

  • 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.

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