SCIE news and events

  • Dementia - Working in partnership with carers 13 June 2013Open

    People who care for a relative, friend or neighbour with dementia are experts-by- experience, but often do not feel like that. In Carers Week 2013, SCIE has launched a new additional resource for the Dementia Gateway. The Gateway, created by SCIE in 2009, has always been a one-stop-shop for care workers and managers, offering practical tips, tools and activities. Now, the site has been updated to explore how health and social care staff can work alongside carers, recognise their expertise and help to provide the best possible support for people living with dementia.

    I am delighted that SCIE has been able to develop this additional resource to support carers in Carers Week. Carers play an absolutely vital role in the care and support of people with dementia – and yet often they have to battle with the health and social care system to be heard and to have their expertise recognised.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Carers Week 2013 - SCIE comment 10 June 2013Open

    Carers Week 2013 is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign. Its aim is to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. It does this by doing things like raise the profile of the role of caring in the national, regional and local media and encouraging groups and organisations to take part and organise events and activities.

    SCIE is proud to support Carers Week. People who provide care and support, for a relative, friend or neighbour, are often unsung heroes whose own physical, emotional and mental wellbeing can suffer.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Integration is essential to truly personalised care 22 May 2013Open

    Today sees publication of survey findings published by the Think Local, Act Personal partnership; on personal budgets, and personal health budgets

    Today’s helpful reports show that people are benefitting from the control and freedom that self-directed budgets offer. Good progress is clearly being made but the reports demonstrate that local authorities need to simplify their processes and constantly focus on the outcomes that matter most to people.

    SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Supervision - new Guide and films 22 May 2013Open

    Supervision is a vital skill to get right in social care and support services; the nature of the work can be emotionally-charged and this can place particular demands on staff. Supporting them is vital. A new Online Guide and two new Social Care TV films are launched today by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). SCIE says that supervision works best when it occurs regularly, is based on a respectful relationship and is embedded in an organisation's culture

    Care staff play a vital role in supporting people who are using services, many of whom are vulnerable and have complex needs. We need to value and support staff so that they can be proud of the job they do and have the skills to help people enjoy an improved quality of life. A really important way to do this is to provide staff with effective supervision to develop their understanding and improve their practice. Our new resources are designed to help make that happen. The films show real-life examples of where good quality supervision is happening; the Guide is a useful resource for anyone who supervises, or who receives supervision

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • National Care Home Open Day - SCIE support 21 May 2013Open

    The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has signed up to support National Care Home Open day on 21 June 2013. SCIE’s chair, Lord Michael Bichard, chief executive, Andrea Sutcliffe and other senior staff will be visiting care homes on the day to highlight the important role that they play.

    People who live in care homes are local residents like everyone else in the community. Good care homes recognise that and ensure that their residents can continue to play an active role in their local community. And they create opportunities for other local residents to play a role in the life of the care home. SCIE is delighted to support National Care Home Open Day and we look forward to visiting homes across the country. We would encourage all care homes to get involved and take the opportunity to show what inspiring places they can be.

    SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard


  • Chief Social Workers - SCIE comment 17 May 2013Open

    The two Chief Social Workers in England have been named. Isabelle Trowler (Chief Social Worker for Children) will work alongside her adults counterpart Lyn Romeo. The Chief Social Workers will advise politicians on how best to improve standards in social work. Here is SCIE’s comment.

    SCIE offers a warm welcome to both Lyn and Isabelle, as they take up their new roles. These appointments recognise the important status of the social work profession and the significant contribution social work makes to the challenges facing the government, wider society and individual citizens, both young and old. The Chief Social Workers give social work a voice to champion the profession and provide clear leadership for the improvement of services. All of us at SCIE look forward to supporting Isabelle and Lyn in any way that we can.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Reablement - Guide and eLearning 15 May 2013Open

    Two new resources, published today, will support the delivery of reablement care and support services. Reablement helps people to learn or re-learn the skills necessary for daily living; it can support people to have a better quality of life, whilst being cost-effective for health and social care services.

    To be successful we need a system that works well, skilled staff and a shared understanding of the benefits, with people using services and their carers. This is where SCIE's new resources come in. I hope that our reablement guide and e-learning resources will be widely used to support managers in putting the necessary services in place.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Health and social care integration – the ultimate challenge? 14 May 2013Open

    SCIE, together with other leading national health and social care agencies has today pledged their commitment to supporting better integration at national and local level.

    SCIE is delighted to play a part in this new national partnership. We know how important person-centred, co-ordinated care is for people using services, their families and carers - but we also know how difficult it can be to put into practice.

    SCIE Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe, speaking about the launch of "Integrated care and support: our shared commitment".

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