SCIE news and events - 191 to 200

  • ECCA and NCA to merge 08 August 2013Open

    The English Community Care Association (ECCA) and the National Care Association (NCA) have announced that they will merge in January 2014.

    SCIE welcomes the news that the ECCA and the NCA intend to merge into a new body called Care England. We look forward to continuing our excellent working relationship with the new body to ensure that SCIE's products and services are relevant and responsive to the needs of the sector.

    Lord Michael Bichard, Chair, SCIE

  • SCIE appoints five new Board members 07 August 2013Open

    Following a highly competitive recruitment process, the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has appointed five new Board members: Alex Fox, Chief Executive, Shared Lives Plus and Chair, Care Providers Alliance Mary McKenna, Co-founder and Director, Learning Pool Terry Moran, retired Civil Servant, former Second Permanent Secretary, Department for Work and Pensions Bev Searle, Director of Corporate Affairs, Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Sally Warren, National Director of Programmes, Public Health England

    SCIE is adapting to the changes in our care and health sector. Our new Board members will bring new skills and experience to help us on that journey, including senior health care knowledge, small business experience and digital skills.

    Lord Michael Bichard, Chair, SCIE

  • SCIE seeks new Chief Executive 01 August 2013Open

    Following the news that Andrea Sutcliffe is to become the first Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at CQC, SCIE is now seeking a new Chief Executive. This is a high profile public position leading an organisation which has a central role to play in improving the quality of social care. The successful candidate will understand social care and have exceptional leadership and communication skills that will command the respect and support of the sector. Closing date for applications: Friday 16 August 2013.

  • Andrea Sutcliffe appointed as Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care 19 July 2013Open

    Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is to become the first Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care for the Care Quality Commission.

    Andrea has made an outstanding contribution to SCIE’s future development – including securing our contract for the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care, and a £2 million commission from the Department of Health. I am, of course, disappointed that she will not be with us as we deliver on those plans. But I am proud that SCIE has produced the new Chief Inspector for Adult Social Care.

    SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard

  • NCCSC appoints first Guidance Development Group Chair 11 July 2013Open

    Bridget Warr, Chief Executive of UKHCA, has been appointed Chair of the NICE social care Guidance Development Group (GDG) for Domiciliary Care. Bridget has extensive experience in the care sector (including as Chief Executive Officer at Guide Dogs for the Blind and Executive Director at SCOPE) and her knowledge will be an invaluable asset to this project. She was selected from a very strong and wide-ranging field of candidates. The guidance is being developed by the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC) and we will be looking for a wide range of people with a good understanding of domiciliary care (including users and carers) to join the GDG. Recruitment for the GDG begins towards the end of August. Register as a NICE social care stakeholder to receive notification of the recruitment process and to have the opportunity to comment on the guidance. The NCCSC is a consortium led by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) with: Research in Practice; Research in Practice for Adults; Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre); and Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU).

  • Dementia-friendly care environments – two Social Care TV films 10 July 2013Open

    Sometimes people with dementia see the world differently than others. Everyday things can be confusing; for instance, a rug can look like a hole. It can be a challenging and frightening world. To address this, two new films are launched today showing how simple changes can create more dementia-friendly environments. They appear for the first time today on Social Care TV, and will be introduced at the National Housing Federation Care and Support Conference in Manchester.

    I would encourage everyone who lives with, or cares for someone with dementia, to watch these films. They are full of practical tips about lighting, wallpaper, gardens, signage and so much more. We may not have paid enough attention in the past to the importance of the physical environment for people with dementia – it is time we did now and these films show how.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Draft national eligibility criteria for adult care and support 28 June 2013Open

    The Department of Health has today issued a discussion document “Draft national minimum eligibility threshold for adult care and support”. The Care and Support Transformation Group established by the Department of Health has set up a Task and Finish Group to support the work on assessment and eligibility. Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence has been asked to chair this group. Here is SCIE’s comment.

    I am pleased that the Department of Health has taken this opportunity to engage with people using services, carers and everyone working in the sector at this early stage in the development of the eligibility criteria regulations. This is part of a significant change in the care and support system and it is important to take time to get it right and to hear from everyone affected. At SCIE we will be considering our own response to the draft regulations and I would encourage people to also express their views. The document sets out three key particular areas for consideration – what are the implications of the draft regulations; what are the practical implications for implementation; and what other issues should be considered when finalising them? All are important questions and I look forward to working with the members of the Care and Support Transformation Task and Finish Group to help the Department of Health address the issues that will undoubtedly be raised.

    Andrea Sutcliffe, SCIE’s chief executive.

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