SCIE news and events - 221 to 230
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
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.
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
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