SCIE media statement

SCIE Knowledge Award - Outstanding Contribution to Knowledge in Social Care

16 November 2011

To celebrate ten years of capturing and communicating knowledge, evidence and innovation, Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) staff and board members were asked to nominate candidates for the SCIE Knowledge Award for Outstanding Contribution Knowledge in Social Care.

The winner is Jim Mansell, Emeritus Professor of Learning Disability in the Tizard Centre at the University of Kent. Jim, who founded the Tizard Centre, has made an outstanding contribution to knowledge in social care, which has made an impact in improving the quality of direct provision of social work or social care. Jim can be seen in a Social Care TV film on challenging behaviour.

The award was collected on the night that SCIE celebrated ten years’ work in social care. The field was open to academics, researchers, managers, chief executives, directors.

Accepting the award on behalf of Jim, his colleague, Dr Julie Beadle-Brown said:

Jim has spent his whole career trying to build the evidence base for better health and social care services. That evidence base is sorely needed and Jim has taught me the importance of doing rigorous research that makes a difference to the lives of the people who use services. I have worked closely with Jim for over ten years and he has taught me most of what I know about designing and evaluating the quality of services, the development of community-based services and the development and implementation of person-centred approaches.

Also present at the event were Paul Burstow, Minister of State for Care Services; and Tim Loughton, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children. Paul Burstow paid tribute to SCIE’s management and staff over the last decade and went on to say:

I think there’s a bright future for SCIE; there’s an extraordinary list of things that have been achieved by the organization over the last ten years.

Mr Burstow went on to say that he is looking forward to more personalised, human rights-based social care when the White Paper is published next year. He particularly singled out SCIE’s work on adult safeguarding as a policy area where priority must be given.

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