SCIE news and events
CQC learning disability inspections 25 June 2012Open
Care Quality Commission: "Half of learning disability services did not meet government standards"
This report makes unwelcome reading for anyone involved in providing or commissioning learning disability services. It is clear that standards need to improve in at least half of the services inspected to ensure that people with learning disabilities are appropriately supported, sensitively cared for and properly protected.SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe, responding to the Care Quality Commission’s review of learning disability services
ADASS personal budgets report - SCIE response 21 June 2012Open
ADASS survey: The use of personal social care budgets has risen by nearly 40%
Today’s news is encouraging and important. People who use services can benefit from personal budgets to access the care and support that’s individual to them. The report explains that, as of March this year, half of people eligible for personal budgets were using them to arrange their care. This shows that councils in England are making progress in putting policy into practice.SCIE’s Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
Carers Week - SCIE statement 18 June 2012Open
SCIE response to Carers Week survey
Carers demand so little and deliver so much. As the Carers UK survey demonstrates, carers want to keep on caring but they need support to ensure that their dedication is not exploited. Primary health and social care services need to monitor and support carers’ health and wellbeing, and to fully recognise that carers are entitled to the same life chances as others and should not be socially excluded as a result of their caring role.SCIE chief executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
New CQC Chief Executive 11 June 2012Open
Following the announcement that David Behan will be the new Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission, Andrea Sutcliffe, SCIE's Chief Executive, says:
David’s breadth of knowledge about social care and regulation, combined with his experience within the Department of Health, will be a real asset for CQC. David is well-known and well-respected. SCIE and the whole social care sector will be delighted that someone with his understanding of social care has been given this important role. His appointment will help to build confidence in CQC’s contribution to driving up quality and we look forward to working with David in his new role.
End of life care – new resources 30 May 2012Open
Around 500,000 people die each year and, because of the ageing population, that number is predicted to rise over the next few years. Two briefings – looking at dementia in care homes - and three new films, are launched today on Social Care TV. These look at various aspects of End of life care. SCIE say it’s important that social care and health professionals who work with people at the end of life - and their families - have access to high quality resources and information so they can give the best care possible." "
Info 4 Care Kids 30 May 2012Open
A new website launches today in North Tyneside, which gives looked after children and young people the confidence to navigate what can be, at times, a difficult and complex system. It’s been part-written by looked after children and young people themselves, so it has the very latest information on how to survive and prosper in care. There are practical tips on many subjects, for instance, getting support at school because of bullying, or help with finding a job." "
Guardian interview with SCIE’s new Chief Executive 16 May 2012Open
I can clearly see that social care has an absolutely unique contribution to make and a voice that needs to be heard, and that Scie is in an excellent position to articulate that in an authoritative way.Andrea Sutcliffe on funding cuts, maintaining a diverse talent pool and SCIE's new website for people looking for social care
Tackling social isolation and loneliness 16 May 2012Open
I can clearly see that social care has an absolutely unique contribution to make and a voice that needs to be heard, and that Scie is in an excellent position to articulate that in an authoritative way. “Preventing loneliness and social isolation among older people” is written in collaboration with Contact the Eldery" "
Therapeutic approaches to child care in Northern Ireland 11 May 2012Open
Children and young people in care are among the most vulnerable in society, with young people in residential children’s homes having some of the highest levels of need. An evaluation, and Social Care TV film, being launched today at Stormont, highlight how the use of therapeutic approaches is helping staff in Northern Ireland to support young people in residential care." "
Queen’s Speech – SCIE response 09 May 2012Open
We welcome today’s commitment to addressing the important challenges facing social care. There are lots of urgent issues that the bill needs to tackle. We are ready to play our part in supporting what needs to be done to deliver on these prioritiesSCIE Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
Steve Palmer, Press Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
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