SCIE news and events

  • Seasonal opening hours 21 December 2012Open

    SCIE’s offices are closed from lunchtime on 24 December until 0900 on 02 January. Season’s greetings and a happy new year.

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  • Allan Bowman to step down as SCIE chair 11 December 2012Open

    After seven years in post, Allan Bowman is to step down as chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in 2013. Mr Bowman’s term of office was extended in 2012 to provide continuity and support to SCIE’s new chief executive, Andrea Sutcliffe, who took up her post in April. The position of chair will be advertised in January 2013. Mr Bowman will remain in post until the new chair is able to take up the role.

    SCIE has become a leading improvement agency – well recognised and valued by the sector. I am immensely proud of what the organisation has achieved and we are in a strong position to continue to support the sector well into the future. Now is the logical time for a new chair to lead the agency into the next era.

    Allan Bowman

  • Reablement - two new films on Social Care TV 10 December 2012Open

    Two new films have been launched on Social Care TV, which show how short, intensive support at home or in dedicated units, can help people learn (or re-learn) skills for everyday tasks.

    A lovely feature of these films is the obvious enthusiasm of the teams providing the service - they can see the difference they make which makes for great job satisfaction! The films also show that managers and commissioners can be confident that reablement services also help to ensure public money is spent to best effect.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Dr Foster's Hospital Guide - SCIE response 03 December 2012Open

    The 2012 Dr Foster Hospital Guide contains performance data on every hospital trust in England is now available.

    Information that helps the public understand what is happening in their local services is welcome so it is good that Dr Foster have published this guide. The report highlights the pressures on hospitals which are likely to increase as winter advances. Many people are commenting about what can be done to address high occupancy rates. SCIE's three films on avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions really demonstrate what can be achieved when different services work together to meet the needs of older people and their carers.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Returning children home from care 03 December 2012Open

    Social workers make many critical decisions that call for analytical skills. One important challenge is deciding whether or not to return children home from care. Today, SCIE reveal that whilst evidence is still growing, we can identify some of the essential components of social work practice most likely to improve decisions. A new Research Briefing gives an overview of research evidence that currently exists.

    This is a really sensitive issue and needs to be handled with skill and care, so that the child's interests are uppermost, but remembering that the child is part of a family. Social workers can make such a difference to children's lives and to the family they're from; for example a well planned return home, with support provided for as long as it is needed, can lead to improved outcomes for children.

    SCIE's Deputy Chief Executive, Amanda Edwards

  • Carers Rights Day - SCIE statement 30 November 2012Open

    Carers Rights Day is organised by Carers UK, who say it is all about getting information to carers

    I am so pleased that Carers UK has organised Carers Rights Day to highlight the importance of getting information to carers. Every year more than two million people take on caring responsibilities, many of whom will be under pressure and bewildered by the complex systems they have to deal with. It is critical that carers get the support they need and deserve and that information comes from credible and trusted sources.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • New ratings system for health and social care 28 November 2012Open

    Statement responding to today’s announcement of a review on how information is given, and also to a proposed new ratings system for health and social care

    Good information is essential to good decision making. SCIE knows that creating a standard rating system, which works across different types of care and support services, is really challenging, so we welcome the Department of Health’s focus on this issue. Our experience is that, as people’s needs and aspirations are so individual, it is not always possible to be very specific about what to rate. We look forward to offering SCIE’s experience and knowledge to the Nuffield Trust as they develop recommendations for the new rating system by the end of March 2013.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Understanding common induction for social care workers 28 November 2012Open

    A new resource from the Social Care Institute for Excellence provides an explanation of the Common Induction Standards (CIS). The aim is to provide a comprehensive overview of what a care or support worker should know and what they should be able to do. The resource is aimed at anyone working in social care, for instance, care workers, managers, trainers, employers. It will also be helpful for people who use services, and carers.

    This resource is invaluable for those responsible for conducting common induction and for those who receive it at the start of their careers. The eight, easily-digestible sections, will be useful to those who need sound advice on how to make common inductions happen. The resource is an expert way of supporting the induction process as a means of preparing social care workers for the work they will be doing.

    SCIE's Workforce Director, Stephen Goulder

  • CQC "State of Care" - SCIE response 26 November 2012Open

    The Care Quality Commission report looks at the shape of care services in England and the quality of care that they provide to people.

    Trust in our care and health services will be sustained if people can be confident that concerns about risks of poor or unsafe care are being identified and acted upon. It is so vital that, as the report says, workers carry out their duties focusing on the individual, rather than relying on "task-based" working practices. This is true in both social care and health settings. People who use services do not see the two systems as different. They just want good-quality, personalised, care and support.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

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