SCIE news and events

  • 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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  • World Mental Health Day 10 October 2014Open

    World Mental Health Day is the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy.

    Today there will be plenty of activity raising awareness for mental health issues. We have a wide range of resources that can support World Mental Health Day, including one often overlooked area: the mental health and mental wellbeing of older people. Our work with older people from minority ethnic communities shows that a person's mental and physical condition can be prevented from deteriorating by providing simple preventive measures, such as information and advice about healthy living, exercise, and social stimulation. We’re also keen to see good quality transitions from children’s to adults’ mental health services, as well as good mental health in the social care workforce – we at SCIE are proud to be registered as a Mindful Employer. So, there’s plenty to do, but World Mental Health Day is at least an opportunity to get people thinking about improving the nation’s mental health.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

  • CQC inspections and SCIE support 09 October 2014Open

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have today issued handbooks to help care providers to understand how they will be assessed and rated. Specialist teams, including trained members of the public (called Experts by Experience) will inspect services, asking: Are they safe, caring, effective, responsive to their needs, and well-led? CQC will then rate these services as Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate.

    CQC's new model of inspection will go a long way towards ensuring that poor care is stamped out and that quality care is celebrated. The handbooks will make it more straightforward for providers to recognise what quality care is; and also to determine how to achieve it. At SCIE, we’re passionate about supporting the improvement of care experiences and outcomes. To this end we are engaged with the whole range of stakeholders in the development of improvement toolkits, resources and services

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter. SCIE has mapped some of its key resources and services to the new CQC topics for inspection.

  • Care Act support: SCIE bulletin 7 Oct 2014 07 October 2014Open

    Our new bulletin focuses on the Care Act, which gives local authorities new responsibilities from April 2015. It will impact on how adult care services are commissioned and developed. SCIE is producing a range of products and services to help you to implement both the letter and the spirit of the Care Act.

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  • Brutally honest film about dementia 19 September 2014Open

    A new, brutally honest film launched today reminds us that although dementia causes the loss of some abilities, people’s feelings remain intact. Four people with dementia talk about their emotions: fear, guilt, embarrassment, isolation, powerlessness. In the film they give a deeply moving and personal insight into an often overlooked aspect of the condition. And it shows what differences can be made when there’s a supportive relationship with the person involved in dementia care.

    Our film shows how care workers, nurses, family and friends can support people with dementia by recognising them as individuals, with their own very real emotions and sense of identity.

    SCIE’s Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

  • Barker Commission: SCIE response 04 September 2014Open

    The final report from the independent commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England published today examines the current health and social care system and proposes a new approach that redesigns care around individual needs.

    We welcome this timely and necessary report on the future of health and social care in England. Given health and social care systems that have grown up incrementally over many years, it is good to see this attempt to simplify the hugely complex web of entitlements so they make better sense to people needing services.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

  • Help with the Care Act: SCIE bulletin 2 September 02 September 2014Open

    SCIE is developing a range of resources that will help you to understand and implement the Care Act 2014. These will be available on our website; they will complement statutory regulations and support being developed by other organisations. Other items this time include: • The case for prevention • Social care awards • "No assumptions" over mental health • Upcoming events

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