SCIE news and events - 201 to 210

  • CQC strategy 2013-2016 – SCIE’s comment 19 April 2013Open

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have announced radical changes to the way they inspect and regulate health and social care services. Here is SCIE’s comment.

    CQC has a critical role to play in providing reassurance for the public that health and care services are safe, effective and caring. We welcome CQC’s new strategy which sets out an ambitious programme that will challenge providers to improve. Of course, as CQC holds up the mirror and highlights where services could be better, we need to make sure that accessible, evidence-based resources are available to support those improvements. This is an important role for SCIE. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with CQC so that we can provide responsive and relevant resources which can help address the issues they raise.

    SCIE’S Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe.

  • New Presidents at ADASS and ADCS 17 April 2013Open

    Welcome to new Presidents of the Associaion of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Association of Directors of Children's Services. Here is SCIE's comment.

    Everyone at SCIE is looking forward to working with Sandie Keene and Andrew Webb as the incoming Presidents of ADASS and ADCS respectively. We know Sandie and Andrew will be tireless advocates for social care, ensuring that improving services, despite the financial challenges, remains a high priority. I would also like to pay tribute to Sarah Pickup and Debbie Jones, the outgoing presidents, and thank them for all their hard work. Sarah and Debbie have been impressive leaders, challenging and supporting us all to address the difficult issues confronting the social care sector.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Common induction in Northern Ireland 17 April 2013Open

    A new resource provides new care and support workers with a comprehensive overview of what they should know when they start their new careers. All social care workers in Northern Ireland need to complete the six "standards" within three to six months of starting, or changing jobs in the sector and the new resource will help and support them.

    We are so pleased to make this resource available for new social care staff in Northern Ireland. The careers they are entering are rewarding, but can be complex and will involve high levels of responsibility. The six standards are all covered in detail and they will be a great help to new workers, as well as trainers, managers, people who use services and carers. Staff need to do things in the appropriate way, but they also need to have the right knowledge, to treat people well and to have the right approach to working in social care.

    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 system

    SCIE’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.

  • 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

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