SCIE press release

Panorama – SCIE comment

18 June 2013

Studying mortality rates at care and nursing homes for the elderly in England, Panorama looked at neglect and poor care in two care homes.

The BBC Panorama programme last night was distressing viewing; for me, the most poignant and powerful moment was when one resident said: “All my tears are gone”.  We must not forget that day in and day out, dedicated staff provide high quality care for thousands of people.  But as the programme showed, this is not always the case and none of us would want our loved ones to experience the pain and distress so vividly portrayed.  We need to make sure that we focus on improvement and support staff to provide care that offers people – and their families – dignity and respect.  SCIE has a wealth of material including examples of good practice that can help to do just that and today we have published a new Whistleblowing section to our “Dignity in Care” resources.

There will be lots of opportunities on Friday, 21 June for communities to see how good care can be when more than 2,000 care homes open their doors for National Care Home Open Day. I will be visiting one in Belfast and I encourage everyone to find out if their local care home has signed up to the scheme.  If they have, why not pop along and see what is going on?  You will be helping to shine a light on care homes which can only be good news for all the people living there.

SCIE’s Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

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