SCIE news and events

SCIELine news bulletin (23 February 2018)

23 February edition focusing on improving adult care services and SCIE's co-production training.

Councils can tackle loneliness (21 February 2018)

SCIE chief executive Tony Hunter writes for the Local Government Chronicle about commissioning to address isolation.

Improving people's experiences in adult social care services (20 February 2018)

A new guideline today from the Nice Collaborating Centre for Social Care: Improving people's experiences in adult social care services. The guideline covers the care and support of adults receiving social care in their own homes, residential care and community settings. It aims to help people understand what care they can expect and to improve their experience by supporting them to make decisions about their care.

Innovation: scaling is in the air (13 February 2018)

A guest blog about SCIE's report 'Growing innovative models of health, care and support for adults'. By Janet Grauberg, Organisational Strategy and Learning Consultant

It’s early days, but I’m hopeful it will become a practical approach to help bring the scaling of innovations out of the air, and onto the ground.

Janet Grauberg

Announcement: Independent Review into the NHS and social care (13 February 2018)

Surgeon and former health minister Lord Darzi to launch Independent Review into the NHS and social care. Lord Darzi will set out next stage of reform for the health and care service, supported by think tank IPPR.

Next year, we will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the NHS. The health and care system deserves a secure future that gives us confidence that it will celebrate its centenary in a little more than thirty years from now. It is time to renew the vision for the 21st century.

Lord Darzi

Feedback from MCA course (13 February 2018)

Debbie Eaton from Stonewater (housing provider) on her day at our Mental Capacity Act course for managers and senior staff. The course is a more in-depth study of duties and responsibilities under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) for senior staff and managers.

The adult social care workforce in England. National Audit Office report (08 February 2018)

A new report today considers the Department of Health & Social Care’s role in overseeing the adult social care workforce and assesses whether the size and structure of the care workforce are adequate to meet users’ needs for care now, and in the future, in the face of financial challenges and a competitive labour market.

You cannot deliver good care without good care workers. Recruiting, supporting and retaining sufficient numbers of skilled staff has been a challenge for many years. SCIE welcomes today's NAO report which shines a stark spotlight on this very real problem for the care sector, central and local government - and the public. As well as tackling problems with pay and conditions for this predominantly female workforce, we also need to look at alternative routes into the care profession

SCIE's chief executive Tony Hunter

SCIELine news bulletin (02 February 2018)

2 February edition focusing on loneliness and isolation. Plus a report on a successful scheme supporting carers to join, or stay in the world of work. Also: new training dates available for courses on the Mental Capacity and safeguarding adults.

Helping carers to stay in, or return to, employment (31 January 2018)

There’s encouragement today for the country’s carers who want to be part of the world of work. A government-funded and independently evaluated project, which ran from 2015-2017, looked at what works to support carers to remain or return to the workplace. Known as the Carers in Employment (CiE) project, it took place in nine local authorities, who were encouraged to develop local solutions to support carers to remain in or return to work; work involving employers was found to be a vital to the project’s success. The evaluation reports that, out of the nearly three thousand carers who took part, CiE sites said that they had supported nearly 60% to stay in work.

Tackling loneliness and isolation (24 January 2018)

A report for local authority commissioners. One million people aged 65 and over in the UK report that they are often or always lonely but loneliness and social isolation are conditions that are difficult to identify, complex to address and hard to resolve. A new briefing for local authority commissioners looks at the evidence, shows examples of emerging good practice and looks at creating a better commissioning environment. With blog from Dame Esther Rantzen.

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