SCIE news and events - 171 to 180

  • GP services for older people: a guide for care home managers 05 December 2013Open

    Care home and nursing home residents have the same rights as the rest of the population to access the full range of general medical services, yet evidence suggest that many residents are unable to access GP services. A new guide from SCIE, with a foreword from Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, sets out the steps that care home managers and GPs should take, in areas such as record-keeping, medications management and monitoring resident feedback.

    The health and wellbeing of older people in care homes depends on them accessing GP services in a timely way. The GP’s main relationship should be with the resident rather than the home; but, to achieve good results, care homes need to make sure that they are working effectively with GPs.

    SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard

  • Carers' rights day 29 November 2013Open

    SCIE supports the importance of getting information to carers. Every year more than two million people take on caring responsibilities, many of whom will be under pressure and bewildered by the complex systems they have to deal with. It is critical that carers get the support they need and deserve, and that information comes from credible and trusted sources. The carers pages on our website have lots of information about carers' rights and how services can support them. Our website, Find Me Good Care, is an invaluable source of advice and guidance that carers can turn to when they need reliable information. It’s also important to involve carers as equal partners in the development of services; our co-production pages can help.

  • SCIE victory at Older People in the Media awards 20 November 2013Open

    Last night, our Social Care TV film "Getting to know the person with dementia" won its category (Best factual new media) at the Older People Media Awards 2013 (Twitter hashtag #opma2013). The entry was up against strong competition. Gavin and Stacey/ Eastenders star Larry Lamb handed the award to three of the film’s contributors; Ian, Harry and Roy; along with Lynda Hughes, Forget Me Not Centre and Swindon Later Life Therapy Team Manager. They were delighted with the victory and SCIE’s Chair Lord Michael Bichard has sent his congratulations to the contributors. Other categories saw awards and nominations go to high-profile media outlets such as Panorama, the Guardian and the Times.

  • SCIE support for NHS Change Day 2014 06 November 2013Open

    SCIE calls on all social care organisations to pledge their support for NHS Change Day 2014. Our chair has made his pledge already.

    I pledge that the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) will make supporting integrated care and health a priority. We will provide practical support and resources to tackle the barriers to effective integration, ensure our work focuses on the outcomes that individuals want, and work in partnership with our NHS colleagues.

    Lord Michael Bichard, Executive Chair, SCIE

  • SCIE support for integration pioneers 01 November 2013Open

    SCIE will be supporting the integration pioneers announced today by care minister, Norman Lamb

    There is broad consensus from people who use, provide and commission services that more integrated care is better and more cost effective. The challenge now is how to do it well. The Social Care Institute for Excellence welcomes the opportunity to support and learn from the integration pioneers. In particular, we will share our knowledge about how to tackle the barriers to integration through our new online tool – Integration: step by step.

    Lord Michael Bichard, Executive Chair, Social Care Institute for Excellence

  • SCIE's office move 28 October 2013Open

    SCIE has moved offices. The new address is: Second Floor, 206 Marylebone Road, London NW1 6AQ. Telephone: 020 7535 0900

  • SCIE's care leavers’ project launched 24 October 2013Open

    Young care leavers have been interviewing their older counterparts to find out what common issues are still important to all care leavers. The project, run by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and partners, will see many hours of film being stored in the British Library for generations to come. Lessons can be learnt for future good practice. The films also show how people have gone on to have successful careers and interesting lives.

    During their journeys through the system, care leavers accumulate records mostly written by other people. This project has given care leavers the chance to tell their own story in their own words, unedited and not structured by anyone else. What’s more, the person they tell their story to has an instinctive understanding of what they are being told as they too have been in care. I urge anyone who works with looked after children or care leavers to view these life stories. They are a unique and profoundly moving learning experience.

    SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard

  • Safeguarding - three things to think about 17 October 2013Open

    Lord Michael Bichard, Chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, has called for improvements to the use of reviews of abuse and neglect in child protection. Speaking at the National Children and Adults conference last night, Lord Bichard asked for tighter control over the methods used in reviews, better training for reviewers and a centre for excellence that can collate, examine and share lessons learned across the country.

    The tragic death of Daniel Pelka caused many of us to ask whether the process, for reviewing such cases, is proving effective. I have for some time had three concerns about such reviews.

    SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard

  • Integration doesn't have to be daunting 16 October 2013Open

    For some time, people who use services and their carers have been calling for social care, health and other public services to be more joined-up. Organisations that provide services, along with those that commission them, along with policy-makers, now recognise the need to use integration to improve lives. From today, a new virtual planner helps organisations, or multi-agency teams, which want to work together, to do so.

    Getting started on integration may seem daunting, but this tool helps as it requires partners to work together to agree objectives, processes, methods and actions. It's reliable because it's based on SCIE's research into what helps, and what hinders integration. It's free and there are several benefits for organisations using this new resource. For instance, it can lead to an open, neutral environment for discussions, which can lead to improved lives for service users.

    SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard

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