SCIE news and events - 121 to 130

  • Changes to assessment and eligibility from April 02 February 2015Open

    Assessment and eligibility is changing. The Care Act 2014 sets out in one place, local authorities’ duties in relation to assessing people’s needs and their eligibility for publicly funded care and support. Under the act, from April, local authorities must ensure that any adult who appears to require care and support - including carers with support needs - has their needs assessed. This is regardless of their likely eligibility for state-funded care. New resources from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) have been designed to support local authority staff, social workers and others involved in assessment and eligibility.

    The Care Act gives us a golden opportunity to focus on people’s wellbeing. We’ll be encouraging professionals to adopt a more rounded approach to assessment and eligibility. We’re moving from assessment and eligibility being too often an obscure process; to actually listening to what people have to say.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

  • Fluctuating needs: SCIE bulletin 30 January 2015Open

    Today’s bulletin focuses on Care Act assessment and eligibility changes, including fluctuating needs. We have a new guide and film on fluctuating needs and new Care Act resources on safeguarding and eligibility. The bulletin also reminds you of the Care Act training events going on at the moment, along with lots of other information, for instance the latest on winter hospital pressures.

  • Prevention Library: SCIE bulletin 21 January 2015Open

    Investing early in prevention in adult social care can reduce or delay the need for costly crisis intervention or care services – and support people’s independence and wellbeing for longer. Our new Prevention Library aims to help inform commissioners and service providers to find information and examples of emerging research and practice in the provision of prevention services across England. Also in this edition: Care Act learning events / Assessment and eligibility resources / Delivering care and support planning / Events

  • Assessment and eligibility: SCIE bulletin 23 Dec 23 December 2014Open

    From April 2015, carrying out social care assessments and determining eligibility for adults are to be separate processes. Under The Care Act, local authorities must ensure that any adult who appears to require care and support - including carers with support needs - has their needs assessed. This is regardless of their likely eligibility for state-funded care. SCIE has produced the first version of a series of guides and resources on assessment and eligibility.

  • Care Act learning events: SCIE bulletin 16 December 16 December 2014Open

    In this SCIE news bulletin: Care Act learning events Jan -March 2015 / End of life care: the words we use / Independent mental health advocates / Third Sector Care Awards / Win an Amazon voucher / Season's greetings from SCIE.

    SCIE is committed to, and experienced in working collaboratively with, people who use services, carers, providers, commissioners and policy makers. This is certainly true of their Care Act resources and training, which are essential for all colleagues and organisations working across social care.

    David Pearson; President of the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

  • End of Life and palliative care: Thinking about the words we use 10 December 2014Open

    Recent reports have highlighted examples of very poor care for people who are dying. Poor communication has often been at the root of the problem. People in the final stages of life, along with their families and carers, do not always understand that they are dying. We often hear the terms ‘palliative care’ or ‘end of life care’ for the first time when someone we know is dying or will not get better. A new video, launched today at the 9th Annual Conference on Dementia and End of Life, addresses this by looking at the words that care and health staff often use when someone has been given a terminal diagnosis or is dying. “Thinking about the words we use” is launched today by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and the National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC).

  • Integrating personal budgets for people with mental health problems 09 December 2014Open

    A different question: 'What’s the matter with you?' changes to 'what matters to you? A new resource is launched today, supporting staff who are doing pioneering work with mental health personal budgets. In many parts of the country, health and social care organisations are putting people in control of their wellbeing through integrated personal budgets. The new guide from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), developed with our colleagues in the Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) partnership, says that creating a joined-up, integrated experience of health and social care services is vital to achieve good outcomes for people with mental health conditions.

    The personal budget has definitely helped me to improve my mental health and my health physically as well. It has helped me towards recovery.

    Daniel, who's story is told in an accompanying film

  • SCIE bulletin 19 November 19 November 2014Open

    In this SCIE news bulletin • Dignity in Care: Four new films • Shanti’s blog for new social work students • Vacancy at SCIE: Communicators officer – Closing date 26 Nov

    I found SCIE's resources really helpful on the course.

    Shanti Boafor, a recent graduate (MA Social Work) from Kingston University.

  • Dignity in care: Four new videos 13 November 2014Open

    Everyone who receives care and support deserves dignity and respect. Four new videos are launched today on Social Care TV, looking at four important aspects of dignity in care. Research indicates that there are eight main factors that promote dignity in care. Each of these Dignity Factors contributes to a person's sense of self respect, and they should all be present in care.

    We were going along to support Valerie in the sessions, but now her confidence has built up and she’s made friendships so we can leave her there and come back to collect her later.

    Sharon Hedley, Manager, Laverneo Care Home, featured on Social Care TV

  • The Care Act 2014 and commissioning advocacy: support from SCIE 28 October 2014Open

    Local authorities will need to expand access to independent advocacy services by April 2015 when the Care Act comes into force. Under the Act, local authorities will have to provide independent advocacy when someone has ‘substantial difficulty’ being involved in the process of care, and does not have an appropriate individual to support them. From today, a new guide on good practice in commissioning advocacy is available from SCIE. Care Act: Commissioning independent advocacy”, is launched at the National Children and Adults Services conference in Manchester.

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