SCIE news and events

  • Using computers and ICT to support people with dementia 31 October 2012Open

    A new guide is launched today which supports computer activities for people with dementia. It helps care managers and their staff to use information and communication technology (ICT) to improve quality of life for their clients. The plain-language guide means that professionals who use it do not need to be technically-minded. There are nine useful sections on the web-based tool, ranging from getting the right kit through to using ICT in reminiscence and life story activities

    The new guide shows how someone with dementia can be supported to use computers for meaningful activities. Whether it's playing a game on the internet, finding old songs or using ICT in group reminiscence sessions, computers can make a real difference to people's lives when living with dementia.

    SCIE's Workforce Director, Stephen Goulder

  • Leadership Qualities Framework 26 October 2012Open

    SCIE is committed to working in close partnership with the National Skills Academy for Social Care, to promote and embed leadership throughout social care and other care services. SCIE has been amongst the Skills Academy’s key partners in the development of their Leadership Qualities Framework. SCIE’s research base demonstrates the clear link between quality of leadership and quality of services. SCIE and the Skills Academy say that good leadership is essential if excellence is to be achieved.

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  • SCIE and partners bid for NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care 12 October 2012Open

    The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is bidding to host the new NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care, in partnership with leading research and improvement agencies. The SCIE bid is being made in partnership with: •Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) which is part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London •Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the University of Kent at Canterbury and the London School of Economics and Political Science •Research in Practice (RIP) •Research in Practice for Adults (RIPfA)

    SCIE and our partners are ideally placed to host the Collaborating Centre which will develop guidance for the social care sector. We are delighted to have such a strong partnership in place to bid for this work and we are confident that we will submit a strong bid.

    SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Adults at risk - mediation and family group conferences 14 September 2012Open

    Adults who face abuse, and their families, can be empowered to work out solutions for their own problems. One way to support people is to offer mediation and family group conferences (FGCs). From today there is extra support for practitioners with the launch of a web resource along with an At a glance briefing from SCIE.

    "I would strongly encourage local authorities to consider mediation and family group conferences as options when responding to safeguarding alerts.”

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Improving protection for people with learning disabilities 08 August 2012Open

    The report into the abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View, published on 7 August, catalogues a series of serious failings both by the hospital and agencies involved in safeguarding adults.

    The serious case review into the Winterbourne View case highlighted failures throughout the safeguarding system, and commissioners, regulators and providers of services all have something to learn from the review’s conclusions. SCIE’s work on safeguarding can help to keep people with challenging behaviour and learning disabilities safe.

    Patricia Kearney, SCIE’s Interim Director of Adult Services

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