Work for the Social Care Institute for Excellence

SCIE is the leading improvement agency and charity committed to evidence-based and co-produced improvement across social care for people of all ages.

SCIE's Vision

A society where care and support maximise people’s choices, remove social inequality, and enable people to live fulfilling, safe and healthy lives.

SCIE's Mission

To research, evidence, share and support the implementation of best practice. We use this evidence and experience to shape policy and outcomes, and to raise awareness of the importance of social care and social work for creating a fair and equal society. Everything we do is informed by people with experience of care and support.

SCIE's Values

Our values underpin everything we do to deliver our mission, and drive the culture we want to work in.

  • Progressive – always learning and developing
  • Inclusive – working together for equality, diversity and fairness
  • Credible – evidence-based, robust and reliable
  • Transparent – open and honest
  • Committed – focused on making a difference to people’s lives.

SCIE's Equality and diversity

  • At SCIE we value diversity and we’re committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone is able to be themselves and reach their full potential. We actively encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures regardless of gender, age, marital status, religion or belief, ethnic background, disability or sexual orientation.
  • We are a Disability Confident Employer, and we guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria for appointment.
  • We ask that candidates complete a diversity monitoring form but these details are not shared with anyone on the panel.
  • SCIE works to tackle inequalities, we produce a range of tackling inequalities resources and webinars, and SCIE staff and trustees regularly write blogs promoting equality and diversity.


Wellbeing at work

Helping you stay healthy and caring about your wellbeing is important to us.

We provide a number of ways to support your wellbeing including wellbeing training and an award-winning Employee Assistance Programme, which offers confidential guidance and advice about health issues you may have.

Work/Life balance

We offer a generous 25 days of annual leave (pro-rated) plus bank holidays each year, increasing by a day for each full leave year completed, up to a maximum of 30 days (pro-rated).

Our flexible ways of working are designed to support our employees with their family or caring commitments.

All employees work remotely, which provides additional flexibility to maintain a healthy work life balance. We also recognise the importance of remaining connected to each other and the organisation. One of the ways we do this is through a monthly face to face meeting in a central London location, with the expectation that everyone attends.


We offer a defined contribution pension scheme, and match pension contributions up to 5%.

Additional benefits

We also:

  • Offer an Enhanced Maternity package
  • Offer 4 weeks full sick pay in the first year, rising each year to 12 weeks full pay and 12 weeks half pay after 5 years service


SCIE is a home based organisation, with the expectation that staff have the ability to travel to monthly staff meetings in London, and to other meetings and events necessary for the role such as to UK based clients.

Recruitment process

All SCIE vacancies are advertised on our website, social media, and e-bulletin. We aim to include interview dates on our adverts to help candidates plan their availability.

Application is via application form to, or via cover letter and CV. After the deadline for applications has closed, you will receive an email advising you if you have been shortlisted for interview. If you have been shortlisted, we will ask you to indicate your preferred timeslot for interview, and we will endeavour to work around you. We will also ask if there are any reasonable adjustments required.

The interview process will be outlined in more detail. There will be a competency-based interview panel, and depending on the role there may also be a presentation or skills test.

Interviews are held via MS Teams, unless you specify that you cannot use this platform in which case other platforms or telecon will be considered.

Recruitment process FAQs

  • How soon can I expect to hear the outcome of my interview?
    We will advise you of timescales at interview. We aim to let people know as soon as possible, but this can be subject to other factors such as candidate/panel availability.
  • When will you contact my references?
    We will not contact your references until after an offer has been made and accepted.
  • How do I get feedback if I’ve been unsuccessful at interview?
    Feedback is always offered, and you may request it by emailing
  • Why do you monitor equality and diversity information and what do you do with it?
    We value diversity at SCIE, and to ensure our recruitment process reflects this, we would like you to complete a diversity monitoring form as part of your application. Your answers will be treated in the strictest confidence, stored securely, and used only for statistical monitoring purposes.

I really feel like I have joined an organisation that genuinely lives up to its recruitment process and values. My role is a completely new one and the level of engagement and support from across the whole charity has been fantastic. Despite joining during lockdown and not being able to meet anyone in person, I feel very much part of a team and proud to be part of a charity that is making such a difference to people's lives, especially during a pandemic.

Claire Cosgrove, Fundraising Manager

I joined SCIE because of one simple reason. Their purpose. I have found that they are passionate and committed to making sure that purpose is fulfilled. As someone who is really invested in improving the lives of vulnerable people, it was a no-brainer for me to work here.
I have now been working at SCIE for one year and the dedication, commitment and hard work of all staff members is exceptional. It’s a small organisation with a fantastic reputation, making huge impact. It allows for people to use their skills across the board which enables people to learn multiple skills.

Abi Arikawe, Project Support Coordinator
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