SCIE media statement

New Welsh board member for SCIE

10 Janary 2011

Mario Kreft MBE, Chief Executive of Care Forum Wales (CFW), has been appointed as the Welsh representative on the Board of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), a national organisation based in London.

The announcement’s been made by SCIE Chair of trustees, Allan Bowman, who has given Mario a warm welcome to the board.

Mario has been providing domiciliary and residential care services in Wales for 25 years, and earlier this year he was honoured by the Queen who appointed him an MBE for his services to social care in Wales. He says:

I’m delighted to have been appointed the Welsh representative on the Board at SCIE. SCIE supports the social care sector across the UK, and I’m looking forward to ensuring the views of people providing and receiving these services in Wales are heard in our country and in the UK as a whole. It’s an important time for social care in Wales and I look forward to playing an active role on the SCIE board.

Mario has held a number of voluntary roles as an independent sector representative, including the position of Vice Chair of the National Care Homes Association, which he left in 1993 to concentrate on his voluntary efforts in Wales. Here his successes have included co-founding CFW, founding the award-winning Pendine Park care organisation in Wrexham, and Chairing the annual Welsh Care Awards.

The Deputy Minister for Social Services in Wales, Gwenda Thomas, says:

Mario brings a wealth of experience to his role as the Welsh representative on the Board of SCIE, having worked in the care sector for 25 years. His commitment and the enormous contribution he had made, and continues to make, to the independent sector here in Wales, is to be applauded. He has been extremely influential in his work to improve social care services, and in his promotion of issues relating to the development and recognition of the social care workforce. I very much welcome the appointment of Mario to this role.

Policy Context

On 30 November 2010, the Independent Commission on Social Services in Wales reported on how best social services and social care can meet the needs of the citizens of Wales over the next decade. This, with other work, is to inform a White Paper to be produced by the Welsh Assembly Government in 2011. Among the recommendations was that common eligibility criteria for social care should be introduced to ensure more equitable provision of services across Wales. Around 150,000 people receive some form of social care service in Wales every day, and more will become dependent on such services, or have a relative that relies on them, as the numbers of older people and looked-after children increase.  The challenges from demography changes will have serious impact on the context within which social services will operate over the next decade.

Media contact

Steve Palmer | Press and Public Affairs Manager | Tel: 020 7766 7419 | Mob: 07739 458 192 | Email: media@scie.org.uk

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Demography, Social Change and Health Status figures for Wales