SCIE news and events

SCIELIne news e bulletin (17 November 2017)

17 November edition featuring looked after children and mental wellbeing, along with intermediate care and multi-disciplinary team workshops. Also - a social care green paper by summer 2018.

Transforming mental health support for our children and young people. (06 November 2017)

There are moves today to improve how the emotional wellbeing and mental health needs are met for children and young people in care. (This includes kinship care, special guardianship orders, those adopted or care leavers) .A report, ‘Improving mental health support for our children and young people’ makes a number of recommendations that have been drawn up by an expert working group, with support from SCIE. As well as the report launched today, SCIE is launching a new website for young people to use. Based on the expert working group young people’s recommendations, young people can hover or click on an icon to discover something about looked after children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

Let’s hope the report and its recommendations will go a long way to improving the wellbeing and mental health of looked after children and young people.

SCIE chief executive Tony Hunter

SCIELine e bulletin 3 October (03 November 2017)

03 November edition featuring support for LGBTQI+ Disabled People, personal assistants and support workers. Plus a new quick guide on intermediate care.

LGBTQI+ Disabled People: social care (25 October 2017)

Until now, not much has been documented about the experiences of using self-directed social care support by LGBTQI+ Disabled People. LGBTQI+ Disabled People say they have experienced prejudice and social isolation. They also say they are worried that if they come out to PAs / support workers or those that assess and review their support, then that support could be compromised. A new report, along with two films and two At a glance briefings, highlight, for the first time, some of the issues faced by LGBTQI+ Disabled People in England. They say that too often they have to make ‘bad bargains’ with PAs / support workers whereby they have (out of necessity) carried on with PA relationships even when there was an element of self-censorship or discrimination.

Northern Ireland evaluation findings. (24 October 2017)

Supported by SCIE, the evaluation of the impact of the registration of the social care workforce and the introduction of new professional standards for social care workers reports its findings from the first year of this five-year study. You can view headline findings in infographics and in detail as data tables.

Why think delirium? (18 October 2017)

Sharon Blackburn from the National Care Forum on the SCIE / NICE quick guide on delirium. It can support care home managers and their staff to recognise the symptoms of delirium and to understand what they can do to prevent it. The guide will also be useful for staff training.

The key is knowing the person, understanding what is normal for them. Ensuring that they are only on the medication that is absolutely necessary.

Sharon Blackburn

New approach to ageing (18 October 2017)

SCIE chair Paul Burstow. A Guardian article on how older people are leading a project to improve later years.

'The programme aims to break down some of the barriers that obstruct innovation and solutions.'

Even in difficult times, we need to encourage innovation in social care (17 October 2017)

SCIE's director of business development and delivery, Ewan King, writes for the local government magazine, the MJ, on innovation in adult social care.

For innovation to flourish, we need to find better ways to help people bring good ideas to life. The keys to success are good leadership, co-production, more intelligent use of funding, support with evidence generation and skills development.

SCIE's Ewan King

The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care: Development Team (12 October 2017)

At the National Children and Adult Services conference in Bournemouth this morning, the Minister for Children and Families announced the Government’s commissioning of a consortium to develop and incubate a new What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care. The What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care is being set up with support from a development team which includes SCIE.

Our first priority is to listen and learn from frontline professionals, the evidence and policy communities, and children and young people themselves. Every member of our consortium recognises the importance of making the future Centre a creative, responsive and practical source of support to children’s social care.

Greg Wilkinson, who will lead the development team as Programme Director

Care Quality Commission State of care report (10 October 2017)

The Care Quality Commission have today published their 'State of health care and adult social care in England'. The report shows that the quality of health and social care has been maintained despite very real challenges and the majority of people are receiving good, safe care. However, it also warns that the health and social care system is at full stretch and struggling to meet the more complex needs of today’s population, meaning that maintaining quality in the future is uncertain. To help address these challenges, SCIE has tools to support health and care providers with improvement.

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