SCIE news and events

  • Tony Hunter appointed as SCIE Chief Executive 20 September 2013Open

    Tony Hunter, Chief Executive of North East Lincolnshire Council and Senior Vice President of the Society of Local Authority Chief Executives (SOLACE), has been appointed as Chief Executive of SCIE.

    Tony has the perfect background for SCIE – combining over 35 years of experience in local authorities, charities and the private sector. He has clout at national level and as a social worker in children’s and adults’ services he has in-depth knowledge of direct practice. That – combined with his experience of working in private consultancy and disability and children’s charities – makes him an ideal choice to lead SCIE.

    SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard

  • CQC’s new hospital inspection programme - SCIE response 16 September 2013Open

    The Care Quality Commission’s (CQC) new programme of hospital inspections starts this week, with inspections in London and Yorkshire. The inspections will cover every site that delivers acute services and eight key services areas: A&E; medical care (including frail older people); surgery; intensive/critical care; maternity; paediatrics/children’s care; end of life care; outpatients.

    Like everyone else I will look with interest at the new approach the Care Quality Commission is taking to inspect acute hospitals. I am pleased that the key areas the inspection panels will focus on include services for frail older people and end of life care. I hope that the panels will consider how well these and other services are providing co-ordinated care for people and appropriately involving their local social care partners. I am sure there will be important lessons to be learned from this new approach – which no doubt our Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe will be keen to take on board when she takes up her new post as Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care in October.

    SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard

  • Changes to the SCIE website 16 September 2013Open

    As part of a longer term plan to improve our online presence, we are making our website more accessible on mobile phones and tablets. You will start to notice some changes over the coming weeks including changes to the design of the website. Our resources will still be freely available, but in line with many other organisations, you may need to register in order to download our Social Care TV films, elearning products and other digital resources. We will keep you informed of further developments.

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  • Peter Hay joins SCIE Board 12 September 2013Open

    One of the most experienced social care directors in England, Peter Hay CBE, has been appointed to the Board of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).

    Peter’s appointment completes the new line up for SCIE’s Board. I wanted to ensure that we had someone with a strong social work and commissioning background to complement the skills and knowledge of other members. And they don’t come much stronger than Peter. We are absolutely delighted to have him on the Board.

    SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard

  • ADASS personalisation survey - SCIE response 11 September 2013Open

    A survey from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services reveals that personalised social services are being offered to more users. Here is SCIE's comment

    I welcome this report from ADASS, which highlights both the progress that has been made in personalisation and the challenges we still face in making it an every-day reality. These themes came through the Personalisation Summit that Care Minister Normal Lamb hosted on Wednesday. We heard from carer Sally Percival about the huge difference that personal budgets have made, but we also heard about frustrations concerning aspects of the process. SCIE will continue to work with the sector, and through the Think Local Act Personal partnership, to raise the profile of personalisation and to share the knowledge of what works, for example, through the digital version of our rough guide to personalisation.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Autism: management and support 28 August 2013Open

    Today's new guideline represents the final part in a series of three, and covers children and young people with autism (across the full range of intellectual ability) from birth until their 19th birthday, and their parents and carers. It has been developed by SCIE and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).

    People working in a wide range of care and education services are likely to be involved with children and young people on the autism spectrum, their parents and carers. This guideline is for them, as well as people working in specialist autism services.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • ECCA and NCA to merge 08 August 2013Open

    The English Community Care Association (ECCA) and the National Care Association (NCA) have announced that they will merge in January 2014.

    SCIE welcomes the news that the ECCA and the NCA intend to merge into a new body called Care England. We look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship with the new body to ensure that SCIE's products and services are relevant and responsive to the needs of the sector.

    Lord Michael Bichard, Chair, SCIE

  • SCIE appoints five new Board members 07 August 2013Open

    Following a highly competitive recruitment process, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has appointed five new Board members: Alex Fox, Chief Executive, Shared Lives Plus and Chair, Care Providers Alliance Mary McKenna, Co-founder and Director, Learning Pool Terry Moran, retired Civil Servant, former Second Permanent Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions Bev Searle, Director of Corporate Affairs, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Sally Warren, National Director of Programmes, Public Health England

    SCIE is adapting to the changes in our care and health sector. Our new Board members will bring new skills and experience to help us on that journey, including senior health care knowledge, small business experience and digital skills.

    Lord Michael Bichard, Chair, SCIE

  • SCIE seeks new Chief Executive 01 August 2013Open

    Following the news that Andrea Sutcliffe is to become the first Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at CQC, SCIE is now seeking a new Chief Executive. This is a high profile public position leading an organisation which has a central role to play in improving the quality of social care. The successful candidate will understand social care and have exceptional leadership and communication skills that will command the respect and support of the sector. Closing date for applications: Friday 16 August 2013.

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  • Andrea Sutcliffe appointed as Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care 19 July 2013Open

    Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is to become the first Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care for the Care Quality Commission.

    Andrea has made an outstanding contribution to SCIE’s future development – including securing our contract for the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care, and a £2 million commission from the Department of Health. I am, of course, disappointed that she will not be with us as we deliver on those plans. But I am proud that SCIE has produced the new Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care.

    SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard

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