SCIE news and events

  • Deprivation of liberty - SCIE bulletin 5 June 05 June 2015Open

    A SCIE bulletin was sent out today which looked at our new films and updated At a Glance on the deprivation of liberty. It also focused on a new film looking at what it's like to have dementia. It features the voice of a woman who has the condition, and the viewer gets a view of life from her perspective. Also in the bulletin: details of SCIE's office move and new website, and a blog from SCIE's Pamela Holmes, who's looking forward to care home open day on 19 June.

    The film is valuable for anyone who supports people with dementia.

  • Deprivation of liberty – current practice / Supreme Court judgment 01 June 2015Open

    In March 2014, the Supreme Court issued a judgment on deprivation of liberty, which clarified what may constitute a situation whereby someone can legally have their liberty taken away. The judgment has a big consequence for those people working in the area of mental capacity. As with any change, there’s likely to be some confusion over the future direction of practice in light of the judgement. That’s why two new films and an updated briefing, launched today, will help those professionals in the frontline, and others. The resources, from SCIE, look at how sometimes there’s a case for depriving people of their liberty.

    The new films and the At a Glance Guide, all reflecting the important Supreme Court judgment, will be invaluable for staff working in the field. I love the bit where real-life case studies are discussed.

    SCIE's chief executive, Tony Hunter

  • SCIE office move 13 May 2015Open

    SCIE is moving. Our offices will be closed from 5pm on Wednesday 20 May, until Tuesday morning, 26 May (after the bank holiday). All SCIE websites will be unavailable while we move our servers. Our websites will be shut down from 5pm on Wednesday 20 May. We aim to make these available again as soon as possible, but you may wish to download resources now in case you need to access them while our websites are down. The new office address is: The Social Care Institute for Excellence, First floor, Kinnaird House, 1 Pall Mall East, London, SW1Y 5BP. 020 7766 7400. Emergency number during the move: 07758 230 840

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  • SCIE bulletin 30 April 2015 30 April 2015Open

    SCIE bulletin 30 April • Launch of the Better Care Exchange • New Care Improvement Works; web-based resources and learning tools • Care Act resources from TCSW • Vacancies at SCIE • Events in Birmingham, London and Reading.

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  • Improvement support for care providers 28 April 2015Open

    Managers of care services for adults can now find reliable resources to support improvement through one an easy-to-use online resource. Two of the leading improvement support organisations in England, Skills for Care and the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), have come together to develop a joint offer of improvement support for registered providers of social care for adults in England. Care Improvement Works gives managers, owners and care staff the confidence to challenge and change practice.

    Improvement is all about confidence: the confidence of care managers and staff to change, and the confidence of people who use services and carers to challenge. SCIE and Skills for Care’s new service should help to build that confidence by giving access to relevant, reliable support.

    Clenton Farquharson, Co-chair of Think Local Act Personal, and member of the Steering Group overseeing the project

  • SCIE bulletin 20 April 2015 20 April 2015Open

    SCIE bulletin 20 April • Leading the Care Act – Roundtable discussion report • New prevention examples – Tower Hamlets reablement service; Rotherham Social Prescribing • Mental Capacity Act Directory • Learning disability: advocate or carer needed • CQC consultation on prisons, young offenders and immigration centres • Events in Birmingham, London and Reading.

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  • Report: SCIE’s Roundtable event on leadership and the Care Act 16 April 2015Open

    Care Act leadership needs to be about co-production, not command and control. Leaders should be willing to take risks, and to step back and share their power with people who use services. They shouldn’t simply consult on how decisions are taken. That’s one of the conclusions that came out of a recent roundtable event, hosted SCIE. Valuable contributions came from people who use services and carers, who had a chance to give their views on leadership, and how this needs to change if the Care Act is to improve people’s lives. A report, detailing the conversations and suggestions made, is published today by SCIE.

    I want you to use your leadership to make good things happen, and to stop bad things from happening.

    Larry Gardiner, member of SCIE Co-production Network and resident of sheltered housing

  • SCIE bulletin 16 March 2015 16 March 2015Open

    SCIE bulletin 16 March • Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHA) - New resources • Two new 'Restraint' films - minimising restraint from a human rights perspective • Better Care Fund support programme and resources launched • Care Act training for the rest of the month • New film - CQC and NICE's role in social care • Events in Birmingham, Leeds and London.

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  • New support for Independent Mental Health Advocates 11 March 2015Open

    Being detained in hospital or on being on a Community Treatment Order can be a confusing and distressing experience. An Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) can help by supporting people to get their opinions heard and to make sure that they know their rights under the law. However, research reveals that people with mental health issues don’t always have access an IMHA. Twelve new resources are launched today, at an event at the House of Lords, by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Briefings, reports and films give an overview of the current situation regarding IMHAs and provide everything you need to know to improve access to, and to provide, high-quality IMHA services.

    I see, in effective advocacy provision, the ‘seeds of empowerment’ for people with mental health and other social care issues. I know from my experiences that access to an IMHA would have been invaluable when I suddenly found myself detained in a mental health unit, in great distress with no understanding of my rights, or what was going on.

    Survivor consultant June Sadd, who was a peer researcher for the UCLan ‘Right to be Heard’ review

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