SCIE news and events
NICE quality standards: Dementia; Looked After Children 03 April 2013Open
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence have today published two quality standards; one on dementia and one on looked after children. Here is SCIE's statement.
We are very pleased to welcome the first NICE quality standards for social care. I am glad that the initial focus of NICE's social care activity will help to improve standards of care and support for people living with dementia and the health and well-being of looked-after children and young people. They deserve the very best that we can provide.SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
Francis Report – Government response – SCIE statement 27 March 2013Open
The Government has published its initial response to the Mid Staffordshire NHS Public Inquiry Report. Here is SCIE’s statement.
These proposals will have far-reaching implications for the care and support system, not just the NHS. We are to have a Chief Inspector of Social Care, a new ratings system, fundamental standards of care, whatever the setting, a barring system for healthcare assistants and so much more. I welcome the focus on treating people with respect and dignity and ensuring compassion is central to the care we provide. There is much good work to build on and there is a wealth of SCIE resources already available, or in development that can help to make these objectives a practical reality. For example, our Dignity Guide and accompanying Social Care TV films show how these principles of dignity and respect can truly be made real; our Dementia Gateway and Adult Safeguarding resources already provide excellent e-Learning materials to help staff to be capable and confident in the care they provide. I hope the implementation of the Government’s plans will build on, and develop, these resources, to make a difference for the people using our care and support systemSCIE’s Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe.
Nuffield Trust – performance ratings. SCIE response 22 March 2013Open
The Nuffield Trust has today published its review into whether the Government should introduce Ofsted-style performance ratings for adult social care providers – as well as hospitals and general practices.
I would like to congratulate the Nuffield Trust on their thoughtful, comprehensive report, “Rating providers for quality: a policy worth pursuing?” We know from the development of SCIE’S online advice and information service, Find Me Good Care, that people value reliable, credible information to support them with decisions about care. I was pleased to share our experience with the Nuffield Trust as a member of the advisory group and to encourage full consideration of the social care perspective in the review. Dr. Jennifer Dixon and her colleagues certainly did that.SCIE’s Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe, who was a member of the advisory group on the review.
Working Together – SCIE response 22 March 2013Open
The Department for Education has released “Working together to safeguard children: A guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.” Here is SCIE’s response.
The publication of the revised Working Together guidance marks an important step in developments in multi-agency child protection, following on from the Munro Review. SCIE is particularly pleased to see the emphasis on developing a culture of continuous learning and improvement for all organisations that safeguard children. Taking a systems approach to Serious Case Reviews will support this, as will more regular and routine case review activities.SCIE’s Deputy Chief Executive, Amanda Edwards.
CQC nutrition report - SCIE response 19 March 2013Open
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has published its first dedicated review of privacy, dignity and nutrition in both care homes and hospitals. Here is SCIE’s response.
Good nutrition is essential for us all and even more important when we are elderly or ill. Everyone in hospitals and care homes deserves to be treated with dignity and respect. The Care Quality Commission has focused our attention on these vital areas and it is good to see that the vast majority of care homes inspected saw staff respecting people’s privacy and dignity and providing good nutritional care.SCIE’s Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe
Lord Michael Bichard becomes chair of Social Care Institute for Excellence 13 March 2013Open
Following a competitive recruitment process, Lord Michael Bichard will join SCIE as chair in April 2013.
I am delighted to be joining SCIE as Chair; I share the organisation's enthusiasm for improving the lives of people who use care and support services and have been deeply impressed by their success to date. I know I'm joining at an important time for the organisation and for the social care agenda, and I also know that SCIE makes a big contribution to the social care sector.SCIE's Chair-desingate, Lord Michael Bichard
NHS Change Day - SCIE response vlog 12 March 2013Open
NHS Change Day - 13 March 2013 This video is the pledge from the Social Care Institute for Excellence - a vlog from Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe.
"We will work with health services to improve person-centred care by supporting and encouraging joined-up working with social care services."SCIE's pledge
CQC Care Update - SCIE response 12 March 2013Open
“Yes – let’s share the knowledge of what works to improve care.” SCIE’s response to the Care Update published by the Care Quality Commission today.
There is much to applaud in today’s Care Update from the Care Quality Commission as the majority of services are considered to be delivering good quality care. There is also significant room for improvement. But it is not enough for us to say ‘this needs to improve’; we need to know how, which is why I welcome David Behan’s commitment to using and sharing the evidence of what works well, to drive the changes needed.SCIE’s Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe
Find Me Good Care extends review service 06 March 2013Open
People can now review any care and support service that they have used on Find Me Good Care.Originally this review option was limited to services with an enhanced listing, but is now being extended to all 30,500 services listed on the site.
“I am delighted that following the experience of our first few months we can open up Find Me Good Care reviews to all services. We always wanted to do this but needed to make sure that we could support this extended service properly. We are now confident we can and I hope this development will make Find Me Good Care even more useful for the public and care providers.”SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
TLAP's "A problem shared" - SCIE response 06 March 2013Open
The Think Local Act Personal consortium have today launched “A Problem Shared: Making best use of resources in adult social care”. Here is SCIE’s response
SCIE is pleased to have been involved in this important piece of work. As the report makes clear, these are extremely difficult financial times for adult social care and the pressures and expectations are only set to increase. But we need to make sure that we do not lose sight of our ambitions to improve the quality of care and support provided and ensure it is truly person-centred. Having chaired the Use of Resources Steering Group I know how hard this can be and I would like to thank everyone involved for sharing their experience and insights.SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe.
Steve Palmer, Press Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
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