SCIE news and events

  • NCCSC appoints first Guidance Development Group Chair 11 July 2013Open

    Bridget Warr, Chief Executive of UKHCA, has been appointed Chair of the NICE social care Guidance Development Group (GDG) for Domiciliary Care. Bridget has extensive experience in the care sector (including as Chief Executive Officer at Guide Dogs for the Blind and Executive Director at SCOPE) and her knowledge will be an invaluable asset to this project. She was selected from a very strong and wide-ranging field of candidates. The guidance is being developed by the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC) and we will be looking for a wide range of people with a good understanding of domiciliary care (including users and carers) to join the GDG. Recruitment for the GDG begins towards the end of August. Register as a NICE social care stakeholder to receive notification of the recruitment process and to have the opportunity to comment on the guidance. The NCCSC is a consortium led by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) with: Research in Practice; Research in Practice for Adults; Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre); and Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU).

    " "

  • Dementia-friendly care environments – two Social Care TV films 10 July 2013Open

    Sometimes people with dementia see the world differently than others. Everyday things can be confusing; for instance, a rug can look like a hole. It can be a challenging and frightening world. To address this, two new films are launched today showing how simple changes can create more dementia-friendly environments. They appear for the first time today on Social Care TV, and will be introduced at the National Housing Federation Care and Support Conference in Manchester.

    I would encourage everyone who lives with, or cares for someone with dementia, to watch these films. They are full of practical tips about lighting, wallpaper, gardens, signage and so much more. We may not have paid enough attention in the past to the importance of the physical environment for people with dementia – it is time we did now and these films show how.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Draft national eligibility criteria for adult care and support 28 June 2013Open

    The Department of Health has today issued a discussion document “Draft national minimum eligibility threshold for adult care and support”. The Care and Support Transformation Group established by the Department of Health has set up a Task and Finish Group to support the work on assessment and eligibility. Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence has been asked to chair this group. Here is SCIE’s comment.

    I am pleased that the Department of Health has taken this opportunity to engage with people using services, carers and everyone working in the sector at this early stage in the development of the eligibility criteria regulations. This is part of a significant change in the care and support system and it is important to take time to get it right and to hear from everyone affected. At SCIE we will be considering our own response to the draft regulations and I would encourage people to also express their views. The document sets out three key particular areas for consideration – what are the implications of the draft regulations; what are the practical implications for implementation; and what other issues should be considered when finalising them? All are important questions and I look forward to working with the members of the Care and Support Transformation Task and Finish Group to help the Department of Health address the issues that will undoubtedly be raised.

    Andrea Sutcliffe, SCIE’s chief executive.

  • National Care Home Open Day - SCIE comment 21 June 2013Open

    Over 2,000 care homes are opening their doors today. National Care Home Open Day aims to show that care homes can be inspiring places, full of unique, intelligent and charming characters, and run by people that really do care. SCIE says that residents in care homes should have opportunities to contribute to their local communities.

    National Care Home Open Day is a great opportunity to highlight the excellent examples of good care we know exist. It follows recent media exposure of the very opposite; bad care. Although we must all learn from these incidents and constantly improve what we do for people who use services and their families, today offers the chance for many people across the country to see a different side of things; and find out what is going on in their local care home.

    SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Panorama - SCIE comment 18 June 2013Open

    Studying mortality rates at care and nursing homes for the elderly in England, Panorama looked at neglect and poor care in two care homes.

    The BBC Panorama programme last night was distressing viewing; for me, the most poignant and powerful moment was when one resident said: “All my tears are gone”. We must not forget that day in and day out, dedicated staff provide high quality care for thousands of people. But as the programme showed, this is not always the case and none of us would want our loved ones to experience the pain and distress so vividly portrayed.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Former SCIE chair and staff honoured in Queen’s Birthday List 15 June 2013Open

    Allan Bowman, former chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE); David Walden, former Director of Adult Services; and David Ellis former Principal Advisor for Adult Services, have all been honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

    This is fantastic news for our former colleagues, for SCIE and for social care. It is great to see them receive the recognition they deserve for dedicating their careers to improving the care and support that people receive.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

Press office

Steve Palmer, Press Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
Tel: 020 7766 7419 | Mob: 07739 458 192 | Email:

For all other enquiries please contact General Enquiries on  020 7766 7400.