SCIE news and events - 231 to 240

  • 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

  • Supporting young people through transition 22 November 2012Open

    What happens when a young person with mental health problems becomes an adult? It can be a time of anxiety for them and their families, and not all services are good at making the transition smooth for these young people. To help professionals across health, social care and other services, two new films on Social Care TV are launched today.

    Being a teenager brings many challenges. Imagine how much more difficult it is if you have a mental health problem and you need to transfer from adolescent to adult services. These films are invaluable to care staff working with young people. It's about keeping young people in the system so that they can be supported.

    SCIE's Deputy Chief Executive, Amanda Edwards

  • Personalisation Rough Guide goes digital 21 November 2012Open

    Providing personalised services is becoming more and more important for people working in care and support. The original publication of "Personalisation: A rough guide" was so successful that the SCIE distributed over 100,000 copies. Building on that success the new digital guide to personalisation has been re-launched in an innovative online format. The guide is aimed at a wide audience, for instance social care workers and personal assistants, as well as trainers and occupational therapists.

    There are many things, both big and small, that we can all do to keep improving services and make a difference to people's lives. This guide shows how such changes are being delivered across the country, enabling people to have more choice and control over their care and support; and to become more active participants in their communities.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • End of life care - three new videos on Social Care TV 21 November 2012Open

    Every year, residents, relatives and staff at a care home in Liverpool have a memorial service to remember the personalities and contributions of those who have died in the past year. They finish by releasing balloons to float into the sky. This is just one scene from one of the three new films on End of Life Care on Social Care TV. The films, commissioned by SCIE, look at various aspects of care at the end of life.

    The scene where the balloons float up to the sky poignantly brings home how little things can add up to make a huge difference. These films show good practice examples of how managers and staff are providing skilled and respectful responses to End of Life Care challenges.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • "Dementia Friends" project - SCIE response 08 November 2012Open

    SCIE's response to the launch of the "Dementia Friends" project

    We know that the numbers of people with dementia are rising and that early diagnosis is an important first step in providing necessary help and support. Just as important, though, is the need to raise awareness and understanding of the condition and the impact it has on people's lives. This initiative, arising out of the Prime Minister's challenge, is to be welcomed for the contribution that it will make to building dementia-friendly communities.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

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