SCIE media statement

SCIE statement in response to ADASS comments

18 April 2012

Following ADASS President Sarah Pickup’s comments on social care funding, SCIE’s Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe says:

We fully support the need for councils and service providers to be innovative as they seek to deliver cost-effective care and support services that lead to better outcomes for people who use them. Evidence from research and emerging practice demonstrates that reablement and other preventative interventions are helping to make a real difference to the lives of people using services, and to those caring for them. But those who choose care and support, for themselves and others, are not always aware of what’s available or how good the quality is.

So we fully support Sarah Pickup’s comments about the need for better advice and information about care and support options, to help people make better-informed decisions and to support effective commissioning.  We are working hard on our own contributions in this area, especially our forthcoming “Find Me Good Care” website. Times are difficult, but we must not give up on the challenge of continuously striving to both sustain and improve the quality of services, not least as people’s expectations increase.

SCIE would also like to warmly welcome Sarah as the new President of ADASS. We look forward to working with her and her colleagues to ensure continued support to the sector, in the run up to the Care and Support White Paper, and in tackling the challenges ahead.

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