SCIE news and events
SCIELIne news e bulletin (22 September 2017)
22 September edition featuring Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards and arts in care homes, along with SCIE's presence at the National Children and Adult Services Conference in October.
Using creative arts in care homes to improve residents' lives (21 September 2017)
Creative arts can delight and inspire residents who live in care homes. A new useful online resource, published today, offers practical guidance on how to engage residents in creative arts, such as dance, puppetry and digital arts. The resource offers care teams, including activity providers, many practical ideas on how to get started.
This website is a fantastic resource and place to seek guidance.Activities coordinator
Technology and dementia (18 September 2017)
An article in Engineering and Technology magazine by SCIE's Pamela Holmes, about supporting people living with dementia - and their carers
We believe that used sensitively and thoughtfully, technology can enhance rather than replace human relationships
SCIELine e Bulletin 18 August 2017 (18 August 2017)
In this edition: If you work with looked after children you can now keep up to date by registering an interest so that you receive more targeted news about this area of social care. Also: Care Act assessment and eligibility training 26 & 26 September. And: Learning from safeguarding adults reviews
Technology supporting people living with dementia and their carers (02 August 2017)
Technology has so much to offer people living with dementia and their carers: access to information, advice and entertainment as well as reassurance for a carer who does not live near a loved one. Used sensitively and thoughtfully, technology enhances rather than replaces human relationships and interactions. SCIE's new resource support people with dementia - and their carers; and includes practical tips.
Paul Burstow announced as new SCIE chair (27 July 2017)
Paul Burstow – social policy expert and former minister of state for social care - has been appointed as chair of the national improvement agency and independent charity, the Social Care Institute for Excellence. Following a competitive selection process and formal approval by the SCIE Board of Trustees today, Paul takes over from Lord Michael Bichard as chair with immediate effect.
I am looking forward to working with the team at SCIE. These are tough times for social care and now more than ever the sector needs a practical solutions-focused improvement agency.
CQC report: specialist mental health care in England. SCIE response (21 July 2017)
The Care Quality Commission has published findings from comprehensive inspections of mental health services. A high number of services were rated as 'good'. However, the report also identifies several areas of concern, including that care can be over-restrictive and institutional in nature. Welcoming CQC’s review of mental health services, SCIE’s Tony hunter responded saying:
Our mental health is as crucial as our physical health – and the two are inextricably linked. CQC’s report usefully highlights good practice – as well as areas requiring improvement. As part of our work, SCIE will be sharing our knowledge of what works to make services safe, and how co-production and co-design with people who use mental health services can improve the quality of care.
Personalisation in care homes for older people (15 June 2017)
Personalisation means putting the older person, who lives in a care home, at the centre of everything they do. It focuses on their personal history and strengths, their hopes and ambitions. A new planning tool and four videos have been launched today, to coincide with National Care Home Open Day on 16 June. They support managers, staff, providers, commissioners and others.
Person-centred care sees people shaping their own care to fit their personal needs, and having access to information about what could be available. The new planning tool and four films can really support managers, staff and others to provide personalised services in care homes to improve the quality of residents’ lives.Tony Hunter, SCIE chief executive
Carers Week 2017 #carersweek2017 (13 June 2017)
Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK. Please see the links below for SCIE carer resources.
Changing together: brokering constructive conversations (31 May 2017)
Wicked issues – complex problems that cannot be solved in a traditional fashion – are nothing new. But the current challenges facing the NHS, social care and others are arguably the most ‘wicked’ yet. There is a danger that the new models of care discussed in the Five Year Forward View will be implemented in ways which fail to recognise their inherent complexity. A new report presents the findings from a research study which explores how we can better broker constructive conversations. This means having in-depth dialogues between people who commission and provide services and patients, service users and the public to tackle the most difficult issues associated with the implementation of new models of care. The research was undertaken by the SCIE, working in partnership with PPL and the Institute for Government; and funded by the Health Foundation’s Policy Challenge Fund.
We want to encourage in-depth dialogues between people who commission and provide services and patients, service users and the public - with citizens.Ewan King, SCIE's director of business development and delivery
Steve Palmer, Press Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
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