SCIE news and events - 231 to 240
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
Personal health budgets - SCIE response 30 November 2012Open
The Department of Health has announced that personal health budgets will be rolled out
It is encouraging to see people beginning to be given choice and control over their health treatment and care, which the research published today shows can have such a positive impact. We know from our experience in social care, that given the right information and support, personal budgets can give people the chance to take control over their own lives, which in turn can improve things for carers. It is very encouraging that the personal health budget pilots have been so successful and will now be rolled out more widely.SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe
- SCIE Report 40: Keeping personal budgets personal: learning from the experiences of older people, people with mental health problems and their carers
- At a glance 57: Integration: Implications for people who use services, practitioners, organisations and researchers
New ratings system for health and social care 28 November 2012Open
Statement responding to today’s announcement of a review on how information is given, and also to a proposed new ratings system for health and social care
Good information is essential to good decision making. SCIE knows that creating a standard rating system, which works across different types of care and support services, is really challenging, so we welcome the Department of Health’s focus on this issue. Our experience is that, as people’s needs and aspirations are so individual, it is not always possible to be very specific about what to rate. We look forward to offering SCIE’s experience and knowledge to the Nuffield Trust as they develop recommendations for the new rating system by the end of March 2013.SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
Understanding common induction for social care workers 28 November 2012Open
A new resource from the Social Care Institute for Excellence provides an explanation of the Common Induction Standards (CIS). The aim is to provide a comprehensive overview of what a care or support worker should know and what they should be able to do. The resource is aimed at anyone working in social care, for instance, care workers, managers, trainers, employers. It will also be helpful for people who use services, and carers.
This resource is invaluable for those responsible for conducting common induction and for those who receive it at the start of their careers. The eight, easily-digestible sections, will be useful to those who need sound advice on how to make common inductions happen. The resource is an expert way of supporting the induction process as a means of preparing social care workers for the work they will be doing.SCIE's Workforce Director, Stephen Goulder
CQC "State of Care" - SCIE response 26 November 2012Open
The Care Quality Commission report looks at the shape of care services in England and the quality of care that they provide to people.
Trust in our care and health services will be sustained if people can be confident that concerns about risks of poor or unsafe care are being identified and acted upon. It is so vital that, as the report says, workers carry out their duties focusing on the individual, rather than relying on "task-based" working practices. This is true in both social care and health settings. People who use services do not see the two systems as different. They just want good-quality, personalised, care and support.SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
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
Steve Palmer, Press Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
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