SCIE news and events

  • Effective supervision in social work and social care 26 November 2012Open

    Working in health and social care can place particular demands on the workforce, because of the emotionally-charged nature of the work. Therefore, it is important to provide opportunities for effective supervision. Through regular, structured meetings with a supervisor, care staff can develop their understanding and improve their practice. A Research Briefing, published by SCIE, points to the critical role that good supervision plays.

    People who use services deserve the best possible workforce supporting them. Good supervision is linked to quality of practice. Care staff who receive good quality supervision are more likely to be able to perform their roles effectively. Workers need to be skilful, knowledgeable and clear about their roles. They need to be assisted in their practice by sound advice and emotional support, from a supervisor with whom they have a good professional relationship.

    SCIE's Workforce Director, Stephen Goulder

  • Supporting young people through transition 22 November 2012Open

    What happens when a young person with mental health problems becomes an adult? It can be a time of anxiety for them and their families, and not all services are good at making the transition smooth for these young people. To help professionals across health, social care and other services, two new films on Social Care TV are launched today.

    Being a teenager brings many challenges. Imagine how much more difficult it is if you have a mental health problem and you need to transfer from adolescent to adult services. These films are invaluable to care staff working with young people. It's about keeping young people in the system so that they can be supported.

    SCIE's Deputy Chief Executive, Amanda Edwards

  • Personalisation Rough Guide goes digital 21 November 2012Open

    Providing personalised services is becoming more and more important for people working in care and support. The original publication of "Personalisation: A rough guide" was so successful that the SCIE distributed over 100,000 copies. Building on that success the new digital guide to personalisation has been re-launched in an innovative online format. The guide is aimed at a wide audience, for instance social care workers and personal assistants, as well as trainers and occupational therapists.

    There are many things, both big and small, that we can all do to keep improving services and make a difference to people's lives. This guide shows how such changes are being delivered across the country, enabling people to have more choice and control over their care and support; and to become more active participants in their communities.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • End of life care - three new videos on Social Care TV 21 November 2012Open

    Every year, residents, relatives and staff at a care home in Liverpool have a memorial service to remember the personalities and contributions of those who have died in the past year. They finish by releasing balloons to float into the sky. This is just one scene from one of the three new films on End of Life Care on Social Care TV. The films, commissioned by SCIE, look at various aspects of care at the end of life.

    The scene where the balloons float up to the sky poignantly brings home how little things can add up to make a huge difference. These films show good practice examples of how managers and staff are providing skilled and respectful responses to End of Life Care challenges.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • "Dementia Friends" project - SCIE response 08 November 2012Open

    SCIE's response to the launch of the "Dementia Friends" project

    We know that the numbers of people with dementia are rising and that early diagnosis is an important first step in providing necessary help and support. Just as important, though, is the need to raise awareness and understanding of the condition and the impact it has on people's lives. This initiative, arising out of the Prime Minister's challenge, is to be welcomed for the contribution that it will make to building dementia-friendly communities.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Social work education - putting service users and carers at its heart 08 November 2012Open

    Today, eight new Social Care TV films are launched. All social work degree courses now require the active participation of people who use services, and carers. The films show how user and carer involvement is transforming social work education. This has the power to create a new generation of social workers whose practice is routed in the "lived experience" of people.

    These films are invaluable to a range of audiences, because involving users and carers isn't just an 'add-on'; it's a 'must do'. The real-life stories and useful tips on how to improve participation, all brought to life in the films, help students and lecturers to understand how they can improve practice, by involving users and carers.

    SCIE's Workforce Director, Stephen Goulder

  • Making the most of research 08 November 2012Open

    It is becoming more and more important for students, lecturers and newly qualified social workers, to know about, and understand, research. A new web resource, published today by the Social Care Institute for Excellence ,supports those groups to assess and use research to inform their work, so that they can be as effective as possible when working with people who use services.

    Research doesn't have to be daunting. To be 'research minded', you need to know how to find appropriate research, and this web tool supports you in that, by providing you with a range of resources for improving your research-mindedness. It is an area that must be embraced by anyone who is serious about continuing professional development.

    SCIE's Workforce Director, Stephen Goulder

  • Public mystified by the system: Find Me Good Care launched 01 November 2012Open

    Today Find Me Good Care launches to help people find the right care and support to suit their needs and lifestyle, whether at a time of crisis or as they plan for the future. Developed by the SCIE, Find Me Good Care is a comprehensive source of adult social care information and advice. The care system is a mystery to many, with SCIE's research revealing that the majority of British people don't know what options are available to them and two thirds have no idea how much care provision costs. Find Me Good Care has been created to help people take their first steps in seeking the right care - it includes information and guidance on how to choose and pay for care together with a directory of providers and the opportunity to provide feedback.

    It has been an absolute minefield finding the right care for my parents. They both have dementia and I've never felt very clear about the options available for them. A website like Find Me Good Care would have been really helpful to me; I would have loved a place to go to say: 'These are my circumstances - what are my options.' You don't always get that at social services or the GP.

    Jude Irwin, who has had to arrange care for her parents

  • SCIE welcomes new chair of the Care Provider Alliance 01 November 2012Open

    SCIE welcomes the announcement of Alex Fox as the new Chair of the Care Provider Alliance.

    SCIE firmly believes that care providers of all sizes have a critically important role to play in improving the experience of people using services. Martin Green has been a dynamic chair of the Care Provider Alliance and we have enjoyed working with him. We are looking forward to continuing this constructive relationship with Alex Fox who is a great advocate for innovative solutions to the challenges facing the care and support sector. His experience of the role of small, community services will be a valuable asset to the CPA and to SCIE as we develop our programme of support for the sector.

    SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe

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