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Work for the Social Care Institute for Excellence

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

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  • At SCIE we value diversity and we are committed to creating an inclusive culture where everyone can 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 as per the person specification.
  • We ask that candidates complete a diversity monitoring form. 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.

SCIE’s benefits

Wellbeing at work

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

We provide several ways to support your wellbeing including regular one to ones with your line manager where your wellbeing is part of the agenda. We also have an award-winning Employee Assistance Programme, which offers a free 24-hour helpline to help you through life’s issues and problems such as financial wellbeing and bereavement.

Work/Life balance

We offer a generous 25-day annual leave entitlement (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 (you must be UK based), 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 which all employees attend.


We offer a defined contribution pension scheme. Employees pay 5% of their salary into their pension which is matched by SCIE. There is the option for employees to increase their contribution beyond 5%. However, SCIE does not match this beyond 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
  • All employees receive a tax-free homeworking allowance of £26 per month.
  • Employees can opt to buy up to five days annual leave (pro rata).
  • Payment of professional membership fees for qualifications relevant to an employee’s job.

SCIE’s recruitment process

All our vacancies are advertised on our website and usually LinkedIn and/or Charity Jobs. We aim to include interview dates in 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. We will also ask if there are any reasonable adjustments required.

The interview process will be outlined in more detail in your invitation letter. There will be a competency-based interview panel. There will usually be another element to the selection process for example a presentation or written exercise.

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

Recruitment process FAQs

  • How soon can I expect to hear the outcome of my interview?
    We will share next steps during the 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 can be requested by emailing
  • Why do you monitor equality and diversity information and what do you do with it?
    We value diversity at SCIE, therefore we ask candidates to complete a diversity monitoring form as part of their application. Responses are 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.

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.

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