SCIE news and events

  • Care Act learning events: SCIE bulletin 16 December 16 December 2014Open

    In this SCIE news bulletin: Care Act learning events Jan -March 2015 / End of life care: the words we use / Independent mental health advocates / Third Sector Care Awards / Win an Amazon voucher / Season's greetings from SCIE.

    SCIE is committed to, and experienced in working collaboratively with, people who use services, carers, providers, commissioners and policy makers. This is certainly true of their Care Act resources and training, which are essential for all colleagues and organisations working across social care.

    David Pearson; President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

  • End of Life and palliative care: Thinking about the words we use 10 December 2014Open

    Recent reports have highlighted examples of very poor care for people who are dying. Poor communication has often been at the root of the problem. People in the final stages of life, along with their families and carers, do not always understand that they are dying. We often hear the terms ‘palliative care’ or ‘end of life care’ for the first time when someone we know is dying or will not get better. A new video, launched today at the 9th Annual Conference on Dementia and End of Life, addresses this by looking at the words that care and health staff often use when someone has been given a terminal diagnosis or is dying. “Thinking about the words we use” is launched today by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC).

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  • Integrating personal budgets for people with mental health problems 09 December 2014Open

    A different question: 'What’s the matter with you?' changes to 'what matters to you? A new resource is launched today, supporting staff who are doing pioneering work with mental health personal budgets. In many parts of the country, health and social care organisations are putting people in control of their wellbeing through integrated personal budgets. The new guide from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), developed with our colleagues in the Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) partnership, says that creating a joined-up, integrated experience of health and social care services is vital to achieve good outcomes for people with mental health conditions.

    The personal budget has definitely helped me to improve my mental health and my health physically as well. It has helped me towards recovery.

    Daniel, who's story is told in an accompanying film

  • SCIE bulletin 19 November 19 November 2014Open

    In this SCIE news bulletin • Dignity in Care: Four new films • Shanti’s blog for new social work students • Vacancy at SCIE: Communicators officer – Closing date 26 Nov

    I found SCIE's resources really helpful on the course.

    Shanti Boafor, a recent graduate (MA Social Work) from Kingston University.

  • Dignity in care: Four new videos 13 November 2014Open

    Everyone who receives care and support deserves dignity and respect. Four new videos are launched today on Social Care TV, looking at four important aspects of dignity in care. Research indicates that there are eight main factors that promote dignity in care. Each of these Dignity Factors contributes to a person's sense of self respect, and they should all be present in care.

    We were going along to support Valerie in the sessions, but now her confidence has built up and she’s made friendships so we can leave her there and come back to collect her later.

    Sharon Hedley, Manager, Laverneo Care Home, featured on Social Care TV

  • The Care Act 2014 and commissioning advocacy: support from SCIE 28 October 2014Open

    Local authorities will need to expand access to independent advocacy services by April 2015 when the Care Act comes into force. Under the Act, local authorities will have to provide independent advocacy when someone has ‘substantial difficulty’ being involved in the process of care, and does not have an appropriate individual to support them. From today, a new guide on good practice in commissioning advocacy is available from SCIE. Care Act: Commissioning independent advocacy”, is launched at the National Children and Adults Services conference in Manchester.

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  • CQC State of Care report: SCIE bulletin 17 October 2014Open

    The Care Quality Commission's (CQC) latest report reveals many examples of excellent care, and encourages other providers to learn from them. But there is significant variation in quality. The SCIE bulletin also includes our response to the Dementia Review, a call for Ethics Committee members, a blog from our Chief Executive, plus an MBE for a key stakeholder.

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  • CQC's report: State of Care - SCIE response 16 October 2014Open

    In 2013/14 the Care Quality Commission (CQC) began to introduce a new, tougher approach to inspecting care services. The more rigorous, expert-led inspections are starting to give CQC a deeper understanding of the quality of health and social care than ever before.

    This important report points to the variation in the quality of health and social care, ranging from outstanding to inadequate. We believe that CQC’s new inspection regimes will help reduce this variation by highlighting where poor quality care exists and by making sure those providers improve.

    SCIE's Chief Executive Tony Hunter

  • CQC Dementia Review: SCIE response 13 October 2014Open

    During 2013 and 2014, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) carried out a thematic review of the care people living with dementia receive as they moved between care homes and acute hospitals. In response, SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter, says:

    It’s encouraging that overall, good quality dementia care was found, but concerning that 90% of care homes and hospitals delivered some aspects of variable or poor care, in areas such as assessment, staffing and different organisations sharing information.

  • Safeguarding adults and the Care Act: call for practice examples 10 October 2014Open

    We want to ensure that good practice, ideas and resources from the sectors involved in safeguarding are used to inform the work and, where appropriate, shared as part of the final resources. We are currently seeking good examples of: Local information sharing protocols; how to ensure that referrals resulting from poor practice or service quality are diverted from the core safeguarding process and dealt with in a different way; and 'triage' approaches to referrals. Please send your examples to

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