SCIE news and events - 191 to 200

  • 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".

  • Enabling local authorities to intervene early to support children and families 24 April 2013Open

    Greater consistency in national policy and creative leadership needed to improve longterm wellbeing of children and families most at risk of developing significant problems A new report from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) indicates that local authorities understand the value of intervening early to support children and families at greatest risk of developing problems.

    Investing in long-term issues such as prevention and early intervention, whilst also funding immediate needs remains a challenge for local authorities. But SCIE's research indicates that the keys to effective early intervention are: providing visionary and creative local leadership; having a clear understanding of children's and families' journey through what can be a complex local system; and multi-professional working at the local level.

    Beth Anderson, Head of Evidence and Guidance at SCIE, speaking about the findings at an Action for Children breakfast seminar today.

  • E-Readiness in the Social Care Sector for SCIE - Ipsos Mori Report 22 April 2013Open

    Two thirds of employers in social care use some form of eLearning, and over half of their staff are using it to improve the service they offer. Those are the key findings in a new Ipsos / MORI survey commissioned by SCIE. The study, published today, also finds that while more traditional methods such as face-to-face or on-the-job training remain widely used, there is an increased share taken by eLearning. ELearning means using information and computer technology (ICT) as the key element in improving care skills and knowledge, which might be using audio, video and interactive technology in training. Mobile technology is particularly important for people like domiciliary workers, whose jobs are "on-the-go".

    Social care is, by its nature, about people and eLearning can support on the job training and the sharing of sharing good practice. The Ipsos / Mori survey results are encouraging, because they provide evidence that more of us are comfortable with learning using ICT and have the necessary access to the internet. We promote e-learning because we all need to challenge the way we work, be innovative and improve the experiences of everyone who uses services, or cares for someone who does.

    SCIE's Director of Corporate Services, Stephen Goulder

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