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." "
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 in London: Good practice resource 08 October 2012Open
A new easy-to-use online resource is launched today to help staff in carrying out their responsibilities to safeguard adults at risk. It gives practical pointers to help staff to assess the risk of abuse, to recognise it when it does occur and to respond to it appropriately. It also gives quick and easy access to the pan-London "safeguarding protocol". This helps frontline safeguarding staff across the capital, to carry out cross-borough and cross-agency work, to prevent and investigate abuse.
This new resource is full of handy pointers and professional tips for staff, who are at the frontline doing this vital work. As an online resource it makes it easy for staff to work together across London. We firmly believe that adults at risk across London are best protected when procedures between statutory agencies are consistent.SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe
Older people with high support needs 03 October 2012Open
A new digital report is launched today which looks at the key issue of how older people, with high support needs, are listened to and involved in, their care. The new web pages highlight and identify the benefits, and also the barriers to success in getting this right for this growing group of people who use services.
This report demonstrates the benefits of truly involving older people with high support needs in their care and design of services. This is fundamental to providing care with dignity. We all want to achieve this and the report shows that there are good practice examples to learn from, adapt and adopt.SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
New films - Avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions 18 September 2012Open
There is much in the news about the pressure that is being placed on busy hospitals, often because of the increasing numbers of older people. Today, three new films are launched on Social Care TV, which explore the realities behind the headlines. Older people often have complex health care needs which require a range of health and social care interventions, including hospital admissions when necessary. The films look at what steps can be taken to help avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.
“I strongly recommend anyone interested in the practical benefits of integrated health and social care, takes the time to watch these three short films from SCIE. They really demonstrate what can be achieved when services work together to meet the needs of older people and their carers".SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
- Research briefing 41: Factors that promote and hinder joint and integrated working between health and social care services
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
Hospitals on the edge? SCIE response 13 September 2012Open
Commenting on today’s Royal College of Physicians report on the challenges facing acute care services, SCIE’s Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe, says:
“This is an important report for all care staff, not just those working in the NHS. With a 37% increase in emergency admissions reported over the last decade, along with a growing change in patients’ needs, acute patient care is clearly coming under pressure. Patients and their families want and have the right to expect care that meets their needs and respects their dignity. I am sure the report’s recommendations can play a part in helping to achieve this but the NHS cannot solve these issues alone; social care has a crucial role to play."Andrea Sutcliffe is a member of the Royal College of Physician’s Strategic Steering Group for the Future Hospital Commission
Emergency admissions and integration 10 August 2012Open
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) supports the King’s Fund research into health and social care integration and its impact on the number and length of emergency admissions to hospital. SCIE has a range of resources on integration. We are currently working on new resources on access to health care for older people in care homes and community domestic settings.
Integration is a major issue. SCIE’s work shows that better integration of health and social care services leads to better outcomes for individuals and cost savings. The challenge now is how to integrate services in an effective way. It’s not all about structures. It’s about listening to people using services, shared aims, clear roles and good communication and information sharing.Patricia Kearney, SCIE's Interim Director of Adult Services
- Read: Factors that promote and hinder joint and integrated working between health and social care services
- Read the King’s Fund report explaining variation in use of emergency hospital beds by patients over 65
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
- Read Knowledge Review 20: Commissioning person-centred, cost-effective, local support for people with learning disabilities
Steve Palmer, Press Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
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