SCIE news and events
Liverpool Care Pathway - SCIE comment 15 July 2013Open
The Government plans to phase out the Liverpool Care Pathway for end of life care. Here is SCIE's comment.
The Government is right to refocus our efforts on delivering personalised, dignified care for people at the end of their lives. Many health and care staff find it difficult to talk to people about dying – but it is so important to get this right.SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
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)." "
Cavendish report on healthcare assistants and support workers 11 July 2013Open
SCIE response to the independent review led by Camilla Cavendish into Healthcare Assistants and Support Workers in the NHS and social care settings.
As Camilla Cavendish points out in her review of support workers in social care, “the phrase ‘basic care’ dramatically understates the work of this group”. I could not agree more. Delivering high quality, innovative and person-centred care, where people using services are treated with dignity and respect, cannot be achieved without recognising and supporting the vital contribution that staff make.SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe
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.
Getting to know the person with dementia - the impact of diagnosis 27 June 2013Open
A new film breaks a few myths about dementia by introducing six people whose lives have been affected by the condition. The video, on the Social Care TV website, focuses on their thoughts about having the condition, but also shows them getting on with their lives, by showing them involved with their hobbies.
Please watch this thought-provoking and moving film. Six people sharing their thoughts, talking about their lives, enthusing about their interests - they just happen to have dementia too.SCIE' Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
Spending Review and integration - SCIE comment 26 June 2013Open
The Chancellor of the Exchequer has today outlined his Spending Review. He has announced an investment in integrating health and social care that, it is hoped, will save money and provide better services for people. Here is SCIE’s comment.
Delivering person-centred co-ordinated care is critical for improving the lives of people who are using services, their carers and families. The Chancellor’s emphasis that this is the way forward for the health and social care system is welcome and dedicated resources will be helpful.SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
- SCIE Research briefing 41: Factors that promote and hinder joint and integrated working between health and social care services
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
Steve Palmer, Press Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
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