SCIE news and events - 81 to 90
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." "
Restraint in social care: What to consider 12 March 2015Open
The term ‘restraint’ can continue to carry a negative connotation. It often conjures up disturbing images of people being restricted in movement, against their will, with their human rights affected and even abused. Two new films about the subject, from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), aim to break the taboo that can exist for some people working in social care, who might be nervous about discussing the use of restraint. The films also explore when restraint is necessary and the challenges surrounding the issue." "
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
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." "
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 eventDelegate 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
Sharing information to safeguard adults 12 February 2015Open
People have a right to independence, choice and self-determination, including control over information held about themselves. That’s one of the key recommendations in a new guide supporting the Care Act 2014 and safeguarding responsibilities that councils, the NHS, service-providers and others have. The new guide, called ‘Adult safeguarding: sharing information’, has been published by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE).
Sometimes, sensitive or personal information needs to be shared between councils and their adult safeguarding partners. So, for instance, GPs, the police and housing staff may share information about people at risk. Our new guide supports these types of partners to approach the balancing act that can see organisations sharing information.SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter
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
Steve Palmer, Press Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
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