SCIE news and events

  • SCIE bulletin 4 March 2015 04 March 2015Open

    SCIE bulletin 4 March • Glass half full: Using the strengths-based approach with the Care Act 2014. • Useful new Mental Capacity Act – Directory. • Interesting projects being sent into our Prevention Library • Care Act training for the rest of the month • Carers’ survey • Events in Birmingham and London.

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  • Glass half full: Using the strengths-based approach with the Care Act 2014 04 March 2015Open

    The Care Act’s aim is to promote people’s wellbeing and independence. The act says that it’s important to “look at the person’s life, considering their needs and agreed outcomes in the context of their skills, ambitions and priorities.” This is called taking a strengths-based approach. It’s important because from 1st April this becomes the law. A new guide and accompanying film from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) show how using a strengths-based approach in assessment should put people at the centre of understanding their own needs.

    The film describes the approach as ‘glass half full’; it’s a fundamental shift of focus in care and support, from concentrating on what people can’t do, to looking at people’s skills, abilities and experiences - and what they can do. Assessments have, for too long, looked at people’s needs, based on things like ill-health and disability. But now it’s time to invest in people to help prevent, reduce and delay their needs getting bigger.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

  • Useful new Mental Capacity Act directory 03 March 2015Open

    Sometimes, people may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower people. The act has been designed to support and to enhance the rights of people who may lack mental capacity. A new directory of MCA resources, published today by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), is an online collection of up-to-date MCA materials.

    The Mental Capacity Act is a vital piece of legislation and I am determined that it is used and understood properly. That is why we are setting up a new independent National Mental Capacity Forum which will help raise awareness of the act. This new directory is very important as it will provide those who work with people who lack mental capacity much needed advice and support.

    Justice Minister Simon Hughes

  • SCIE bulletin 20 Feb: Care Act training continues 20 February 2015Open

    In this bulletin: SCIE Care Act training continues; Community-led care roundtable event; Better Care Fund support. Plus plenty of events to attend.

    Many thanks for the enlightening and informative event

    Delegate at SCIE Care Act learning event.

  • SCIE Guardian article: Better Care Fund 17 February 2015Open

    Good communication is essential to successful integration of health and social care. Writing for the Guardian, Hannah Miller (Former executive director of adult services, health and housing at Croydon council) and Ewan King (Director of business development and delivery SCIE) say that integration will only become a reality if staff, service users and the public are fully informed and engaged with the proposed reforms.

    Communication and engagement with staff, people who use services and the public will play an essential role in the ultimate success of integration.

    Ewan King and Hannah Miller

  • Changes to assessment and eligibility from April 02 February 2015Open

    Assessment and eligibility is changing. The Care Act 2014 sets out in one place, local authorities’ duties in relation to assessing people’s needs and their eligibility for publicly funded care and support. Under the act, from April, local authorities must ensure that any adult who appears to require care and support - including carers with support needs - has their needs assessed. This is regardless of their likely eligibility for state-funded care. New resources from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have been designed to support local authority staff, social workers and others involved in assessment and eligibility.

    The Care Act gives us a golden opportunity to focus on people’s wellbeing. We’ll be encouraging professionals to adopt a more rounded approach to assessment and eligibility. We’re moving from assessment and eligibility being too often an obscure process; to actually listening to what people have to say.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

  • Fluctuating needs: SCIE bulletin 30 January 2015Open

    Today’s bulletin focuses on Care Act assessment and eligibility changes, including fluctuating needs. We have a new guide and film on fluctuating needs and new Care Act resources on safeguarding and eligibility. The bulletin also reminds you of the Care Act training events going on at the moment, along with lots of other information, for instance the latest on winter hospital pressures.

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  • Prevention Library: SCIE bulletin 21 January 2015Open

    Investing early in prevention in adult social care can reduce or delay the need for costly crisis intervention or care services – and support people’s independence and wellbeing for longer. Our new Prevention Library aims to help inform commissioners and service providers to find information and examples of emerging research and practice in the provision of prevention services across England. Also in this edition: Care Act learning events / Assessment and eligibility resources / Delivering care and support planning / Events

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  • Assessment and eligibility: SCIE bulletin 23 Dec 23 December 2014Open

    From April 2015, carrying out social care assessments and determining eligibility for adults are to be separate processes. Under The Care Act, local authorities must ensure that any adult who appears to require care and support - including carers with support needs - has their needs assessed. This is regardless of their likely eligibility for state-funded care. SCIE has produced the first version of a series of guides and resources on assessment and eligibility.

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