SCIE news and events
Forced marriages and learning disability 02 August 2012Open
SCIE has responded to recent press coverage about the issue of forced marriages and people with learning disabilities. SCIE has developed guidance to help local authorities, health, education, police and probation services work together to safeguarding adults more effectively. The guidance includes reference to forced marriages.
We now have pan-London policies and procedures that all 33 London local authorities have signed up to. Those explicitly look at the issue of forced marriage for people that lack the capacity to consent to marriage. And we've recently released pan-West Midlands policy and procedures which cover a further 12 local authorities.Hugh Constant, Practice Development Manager at SCIE
Defining excellence - new to Social Care TV 24 July 2012Open
Four new films are launched today on Social Care TV which highlight excellence in social care. They have been produced by SCIE and focus on the key features that help to define excellence. In the films, experts, including people who use services and researchers, discuss examples of excellence shown on Social Care TV. They watch a number of Social Care TV films and comment on where excellence is achieved.
That’s what excellence is about; sustaining practice, not just providing something innovative as a "one off"Dorothy Runnicles, a service user and community activist, on Social Care TV
Report on "troubled families" – SCIE response 19 July 2012Open
A report by Louise Casey CB, Government adviser, for Department for Communities and Local Government
It is encouraging to see Louise Casey's early conclusions; that a whole-family approach is often best for dealing with multiple and inter-linked problems.SCIE's Deputy Chief Executive, Amanda Edwards
West Midlands agreement over adults at risk 16 July 2012Open
New policies and procedures are launched today which aim to improve communication between all the professionals that are responsible for safeguarding vulnerable adults in the West Midlands
Following similar work in London, we wanted to use that good practice to protect adults at risk further afield. So it is really good that this sort of sector-led improvement can be taken forward in the West Midlands, and we hope that more areas will follow suit shortlySCIE’s Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
SCIE project wins technology award 13 July 2012Open
Get Connected, which has so far placed computer technology in 1242 adult care providers, has won the Working Together prize at the Technology4Good Awards. Entry was open to organisations from any sector who could show how good communication and collaboration has delivered a positive impact on people’s lives, through technology.
We hope this win will help to pave the way for us to provide and sustain these improved levels of access to technology in every adult social care service, so that everyone uses it as a matter of routineSCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
Care and Support White Paper 11 July 2012Open
"A landmark day for social care" White Paper, draft Care and Support Bill and Progress report on social care funding; SCIE's response
This is a landmark day for social care. The vision, set out in the White Paper, will help raise the bar for quality, independence, information, choice and control; and builds on the work the sector has already been doing in these vital areas.Andrea Sutcliffe, SCIE's Chief Executive
Home care report - SCIE response 05 July 2012Open
UKHCA Commissioning Survey 2012 – “Care is not a commodity”
This report offers a useful insight into the concerns of providers as they and commissioners seek to provide good quality and affordable social care. As highlighted in the report, the length of visits is an important issue when looking at quality and the needs of individualsSCIE’s Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
Technology success for SCIE scheme 05 July 2012Open
Seventy-five thousand service users and over 80,000 carers and staff in adult social care now have better access to digital technology. This is thanks to the Get Connected investment project, which has had significantly positive outcomes for all involved. The £12 million initiative has improved access and use of digital technology in adult social care; it was funded by the Department of Health and managed by SCIE.
It would be great if these improved levels of access to technology could be offered and sustained in every adult social care service, so that everyone uses it as a matter of routineSCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
Dementia: Early signs and diagnosis 04 July 2012Open
There’s new support for anyone affected by the early signs of dementia. The new section to SCIE's Dementia Gateway, looks at how getting a diagnosis of dementia can be a crucial first step in obtaining support, to cope and to come to terms with the condition.
All those affected by dementia will find this invaluable. It includes quick activities, with trainer’s notes, so that staff and carers can quickly learn about early signs and diagnosis.SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
CQC Market Report - SCIE response 28 June 2012Open
SCIE response to the first quarterly Market Report on Health and Social Care, by the Care Quality Commission
This report marks an important stage in our understanding of the state of health and social care in England. The report highlights specific areas of poor performance that will need to be addressed, particularly in relation to management of medicines, record keeping and staffing.Andrea Sutcliffe, SCIE Chief Executive
Steve Palmer, Press Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
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