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Queen's speech - SCIE comment

08 May 2013

The Queen's Speech has today unveiled a bill on social care. Here is SCIE's comment

The State Opening of Parliament is a grand setting for the Government to announce the most significant overhaul of social care legislation in 65 years - a proper recognition of the importance and value of social care for people using services, their families and carers and the thousands of people working in the sector. People want to have a good quality of life and the proposals set out in the Queen's Speech will help to forge a new relationship with people using services and their carers. Choice, control and dignity need to be the essential features of person-centred care now and in the future.

But fine words are never enough and it is the implementation of these proposals that will truly make a difference. Of course there will be challenges. Today we have also heard from the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services, whose survey of local authorities lays bare the financial issues adult social care is already struggling with.

And in our eagerness to simplify and change current arrangements, we must not lose sight of the need for people who provide care or use services, to have access to expert and innovative information about what works well. SCIE will continue to have an important role in providing resources to do just that. Keep an eye out for new products we are launching next week focusing on End of Life Care and Reablement and let us know what else you think we could do to help.

SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

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