SCIE news and events - 111 to 120

  • Report: SCIE’s Roundtable event on leadership and the Care Act 16 April 2015Open

    Care Act leadership needs to be about co-production, not command and control. Leaders should be willing to take risks, and to step back and share their power with people who use services. They shouldn’t simply consult on how decisions are taken. That’s one of the conclusions that came out of a recent roundtable event, hosted SCIE. Valuable contributions came from people who use services and carers, who had a chance to give their views on leadership, and how this needs to change if the Care Act is to improve people’s lives. A report, detailing the conversations and suggestions made, is published today by SCIE.

    I want you to use your leadership to make good things happen, and to stop bad things from happening.

    Larry Gardiner, member of SCIE Co-production Network and resident of sheltered housing

  • SCIE bulletin 16 March 2015 16 March 2015Open

    SCIE bulletin 16 March • Independent Mental Health Advocates (IMHA) - New resources • Two new 'Restraint' films - minimising restraint from a human rights perspective • Better Care Fund support programme and resources launched • Care Act training for the rest of the month • New film - CQC and NICE's role in social care • Events in Birmingham, Leeds and London.

  • New support for Independent Mental Health Advocates 11 March 2015Open

    Being detained in hospital or on being on a Community Treatment Order can be a confusing and distressing experience. An Independent Mental Health Advocate (IMHA) can help by supporting people to get their opinions heard and to make sure that they know their rights under the law. However, research reveals that people with mental health issues don’t always have access an IMHA. Twelve new resources are launched today, at an event at the House of Lords, by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan). Briefings, reports and films give an overview of the current situation regarding IMHAs and provide everything you need to know to improve access to, and to provide, high-quality IMHA services.

    I see, in effective advocacy provision, the ‘seeds of empowerment’ for people with mental health and other social care issues. I know from my experiences that access to an IMHA would have been invaluable when I suddenly found myself detained in a mental health unit, in great distress with no understanding of my rights, or what was going on.

    Survivor consultant June Sadd, who was a peer researcher for the UCLan ‘Right to be Heard’ review

  • SCIE bulletin 4 March 2015 04 March 2015Open

    SCIE bulletin 4 March • Glass half full: Using the strengths-based approach with the Care Act 2014. • Useful new Mental Capacity Act – Directory. • Interesting projects being sent into our Prevention Library • Care Act training for the rest of the month • Carers’ survey • Events in Birmingham and London.

  • Glass half full: Using the strengths-based approach with the Care Act 2014 04 March 2015Open

    The Care Act’s aim is to promote people’s wellbeing and independence. The act says that it’s important to “look at the person’s life, considering their needs and agreed outcomes in the context of their skills, ambitions and priorities.” This is called taking a strengths-based approach. It’s important because from 1st April this becomes the law. A new guide and accompanying film from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) show how using a strengths-based approach in assessment should put people at the centre of understanding their own needs.

    The film describes the approach as ‘glass half full’; it’s a fundamental shift of focus in care and support, from concentrating on what people can’t do, to looking at people’s skills, abilities and experiences - and what they can do. Assessments have, for too long, looked at people’s needs, based on things like ill-health and disability. But now it’s time to invest in people to help prevent, reduce and delay their needs getting bigger.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

  • Useful new Mental Capacity Act directory 03 March 2015Open

    Sometimes, people may lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. The Mental Capacity Act (MCA) is designed to protect and empower people. The act has been designed to support and to enhance the rights of people who may lack mental capacity. A new directory of MCA resources, published today by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), is an online collection of up-to-date MCA materials.

    The Mental Capacity Act is a vital piece of legislation and I am determined that it is used and understood properly. That is why we are setting up a new independent National Mental Capacity Forum which will help raise awareness of the act. This new directory is very important as it will provide those who work with people who lack mental capacity much needed advice and support.

    Justice Minister Simon Hughes

  • SCIE bulletin 20 Feb: Care Act training continues 20 February 2015Open

    In this bulletin: SCIE Care Act training continues; Community-led care roundtable event; Better Care Fund support. Plus plenty of events to attend.

    Many thanks for the enlightening and informative event

    Delegate at SCIE Care Act learning event.

  • SCIE Guardian article: Better Care Fund 17 February 2015Open

    Good communication is essential to successful integration of health and social care. Writing for the Guardian, Hannah Miller (Former executive director of adult services, health and housing at Croydon council) and Ewan King (Director of business development and delivery SCIE) say that integration will only become a reality if staff, service users and the public are fully informed and engaged with the proposed reforms.

    Communication and engagement with staff, people who use services and the public will play an essential role in the ultimate success of integration.

    Ewan King and Hannah Miller

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