SCIE news and events - 251 to 260
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
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
Steve Palmer, Press Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
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