SCIE news and events - 161 to 170

  • CQC Chief Inspector priorities - SCIE response 15 October 2013Open

    In her first major announcement as the Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care, today Andrea Sutcliffe has outlined her priorities for transforming how the Care Quality Commission (CQC) will monitor, inspect and regulate care homes and other adult social care services, with a greater focus on public involvement and improvement.

    We’re so pleased to see the Care Quality Commission looking to acknowledge the five key themes that matter most to people; that services are safe, caring, effective, well-led and responsive to people’s needs. This means providing good quality, personalised services that provide dignified care and support in all social care and health settings. It’s also good to see that the CQC will expect registering care services to show that those who apply to run them have the right values, motives, ability and experience. This means that things can be got right from the outset. The priorities, outlined today by Andrea Sutcliffe, provide clarity and will give the general public more confidence that our sector can help to improve people’s lives with quality care and support.

    SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard

  • Success for SCIE's Chair with Care Bill amendment 10 October 2013Open

    Care Minister Norman Lamb is tabling an amendment to the Care Bill. The amendment, first suggested by SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard, will give greater emphasis to the importance of personal dignity as a component of wellbeing in care and support. Lord Bichard had support in the House of Lords, from, among others, Baroness Claire Tyler.

    I’m delighted that the amendment has, in most respects, been accepted by the Government; and will provide an unambiguous statement of intent and expectations. This has no extra cost attached to it; it just involves us stating simply what this bill, and care, is all about. I think this is a big step forward, and clarifies what all clients and users have the right to expect from providers.

    SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard

  • Child protection: improving partnership working between hospitals and councils 02 October 2013Open

    More children are being referred to social care services. At a national level, the number now equates to around 4,000 per local authority. From today, there is new support on offer for staff who work to protect children. Three Social Care TV films, a report and an At a glance summary will be invaluable to support the partnership between hospitals and councils.

    Safeguarding children is a difficult task for all those involved - in hospital and social care services. These resources emphasise the need for clear procedures, jointly owned and developed, with the time set aside for staff to regularly review, challenge and understand each others' perspective.

    SCIE's Deputy Chief Executive, Amanda Edwards

  • Social Care Commitment - SCIE comment 25 September 2013Open

    The Social Care Commitment is an agreement about workforce quality between all parts of adult social care in England. Here's SCIE's comment

    SCIE’s evidence shows that if you recruit staff with the right attitudes and values, and provide them with good training and supervision, they are much more likely to provide a good service. That’s why we were very pleased to help develop the Social Care Commitment and encourage care providers to sign up. We know that it can be difficult, especially for small care providers, to access good evidence based training and support. SCIE offers free online recruitment, training and development materials to all providers to help them improve their teams’ skills and knowledge.

    SCIE's Director of Innovation and Development, Patricia Kearney

  • 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.

  • 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

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