SCIE news and events
Dementia / care homes - SCIE response 26 February 2013Open
The Alzheimer’s Society report challenges low expectations of care for people living with dementia. SCIE offers practical resources that can help to meet that challenge.
The Alzheimer’s Society’s important report today confirms that the significant and rising number of people living with dementia is something we all need to care about. This could be you, your family member or friend. We should not be satisfied with low expectations. Instead we should follow the example set by the excellent services that do exist and try to make sure that these high standards of care and support are available for all - in the community, at home and in residential care..SCIE’s Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
Call for evidence and practice - Development of Local Information and Advice 21 February 2013Open
The White Paper, "Caring for Our Future" includes details of the Government’s intentions to improve the provision of information, advice and support for people seeking help with finding, choosing, arranging and paying for care. Improving the availability of information and advice has also been an issue raised by all those giving evidence to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Care and Support Bill. Closing date - Friday 8th March." "
CQC home care report - SCIE response 13 February 2013Open
The Care Quality Commission’s review of home care services has been published.
Whenever a report like this comes out there are things to cheer and things for the sector to work on. CQC say that, despite several similar reports in recent years, examples of poor care do occur all too often. We know from our work that those services which are performing well embrace the following; consistency of staff visiting people in their homes; person-centred care so that people feel dignified and respected; spending time enjoyably with good relationships with care providers; and professional support and development for staff. Crucially, the report recommends that more views and experiences of people, who receive home care, are listened to.SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe. SCIE was involved in the advisory group for this report.
Funding reforms and the cost of care - SCIE statement 11 February 2013Open
The Government has announced plans to limit the amount that people in England have to pay for social care
We welcome the Government’s announcements today as an important step along the way for social care funding reform. After so much discussion it is good that the Government is now committed to introducing a cap for care costs and implementing an extended means test. While this does not resolve all the funding concerns in social care, it is significant that these helpful proposals will now make their way onto the statute book.SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
Consultation on future NICE quality standards and guidance 11 February 2013Open
The Department of Health is consulting on topics for new National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence quality standards and guidance on social care from 2015. SCIE encourages all stakeholders to take part in this consultation and influence the future social care quality standards and guidance. Social care guidance topics for 2012-14 have already been identified and are under "Related Documents" in the link below. The closing date is 26 April 2013." "
Francis report - SCIE response 06 February 2013Open
SCIE response to the findings of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.
The Francis report raises issues that affect everyone who cares for people and these conclusions and recommendations should have far-reaching implications in the world of social care. We need to tackle poor care wherever it happens and address the underlying problems that can be caused by deficient leadership, insufficient funding, faulty process, inadequate training or poor communications.SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe
The Children and Families Bill - SCIE response about looked after children 05 February 2013Open
SCIE response following the announcement of planned reforms to adoption.
We welcome the bill's focus on improving the stability of looked after children's placements, and on speeding up aspects of the process by which a child moves in, or out of public care. A recent research review, conducted by SCIE, looked at specialist, speedily provided services, to support children returning home from care. Those services have been shown to be more likely to lead to stable placement with birth families, compared to "services as usual", and also to quicker placement with alternative families, if return home is unsuccessful or inappropriate.SCIE's Deputy Chief Executive, Amanda Edwards
Dignity Action Day 1Feb 2013 01 February 2013Open
Dignity Action Day #DAD2013 is an annual opportunity for health and social care workers, and members of the public to uphold people's rights to dignity and provide a truly memorable day for people who use care services.
SCIE fully supports Dignity Action Day. This is a great opportunity for all care staff to focus on how we make sure dignity and respect are at the heart of everything we do. I am proud that SCIE hosts the Dignity in Care campaign supporting the work of dignity champions and raising awareness of dignity in care. More importantly, I look forward to when we no longer need to have a special day for dignity because it is routinely provided by all our skilled and well-managed workforce. People using services and their families can then be confident that they will always be treated with respect - as we would want to be treated ourselves.SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe
eLearning for staff working with adults at risk 29 January 2013Open
A new eLearning resource is launched today which will help any care workers, who look after others, to protect them from harm. The eLearning modules, from SCIE, help those who can find themselves in those difficult situations, where they think someone they care for might be at risk or is actually being harmed in some way. They also provide invaluable training skills for working with someone who needs extra support and where their situation becomes critical, making them an "adult at risk".
Safeguarding adults at risk can be complex but it doesn't have to be daunting. This eLearning resource breaks down some of this complexity into bite-sized chunks, so that caring staff are more able to be equipped with the confidence and training to know what to do. Robust safeguarding procedures need to be in place in all care settings, so that staff are supported.SCIE's Interim Director of Adult Services, Patricia Kearney
SCIE and partners to host NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care 07 January 2013Open
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has announced that the contract to provide the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care has been awarded to SCIE and partners.
SCIE and our partners are delighted to be taking on this exciting new project. It is vital that people who use, manage and commission care services have reliable evidence and guidance on which to base their decisions. The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care will be essential to ensuring this happens.Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive, SCIE
Steve Palmer, Press Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
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