SCIE news and events - 21 to 30

  • SCIE bulletin 3 February 2017 03 February 2017Open

    Our newsletter focuses on supporting adults with autism; it also includes a training course on safeguarding adults.

  • SCIE bulletin 18 January 2017 26 January 2017Open

    Items on the Shared Society and how SCIE can help; plus a survey on how to improve IT for social workers; along with an update on our project on looked after children and mental wellbeing

  • SCIE's work in Birmingham quoted 11 January 2017Open

    SCIE's work has been mentioned in the Guardian. The article is entitled: "Social care does need more funds, but there are also savings to be made." Research by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) in Birmingham shows that significant savings could be made if the city adopted three models of care reform pioneered elsewhere.

  • Goodbye to Amanda 20 December 2016Open

    Today we say a fond farewell to Amanda Edwards on her retirement. Amanda’s been with SCIE since 2002. Among her many roles Amanda has been Deputy Chief Executive and headed up the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care. A tribute is being paid in the office today for Amanda, whose wise counsel and great experience of the sector will be missed.

  • New mental capacity film 01 December 2016Open

    Do you know how to help someone who may lack capacity, to make decisions? In a new film, Baroness Finlay, Chair of the National Mental Capacity Forum, explains how the Mental Capacity Act can support care staff with difficult decisions. "The MCA isn't a blanket judgement over people's mental capacity." The new SCIE bulletin looks at this and other issues from female genital mutilation - an multi-agency response - to using art to support personalisation in care services.

  • Report on "shocking reality of dementia home care". SCIE comment 17 November 2016Open

    A report by Alzheimer’s Society, published today, claims that only two per cent of people affected by dementia say home care workers have enough dementia training. The investigation exposes “A vicious cycle where a lack of dementia training for homecare workers results in intolerable stress for people with dementia, families and carers - and for the homecare workers themselves.”

    “It’s concerning that half of the people surveyed don’t think that home care workers understand the specific needs of people with dementia. It’s important that all people who offer dementia care and support in the community, including home care workers, understand how to support people with the condition that live in those communities. That includes establishing trust to support good communication; working with family carers and friends; and having specialist knowledge of the Mental Capacity Act and safeguarding.

    SCIE’s chief executive Tony Hunter

  • SCIE comment on King's Fund report on Sustainability & Transformation Plans 14 November 2016Open

    SCIE welcomes the report by The King’s Fund on Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), and agrees with their analysis that STPs – despite the challenges of implementation – offer a good platform for the transformation of care and support.

    Developing local STPs has clearly been challenging. Delivering the plans will require even greater levels of joint working across the NHS, local government, voluntary, community and private sectors – and, critically, with local citizens. That has never been easy but STPs have the potential to drive cultural and behavioural change. It requires us to challenge the notion of ‘leadership’ and co-produce solutions with local communities and our partners.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter, speaking about the report.

  • SCIE Chair to step down 11 November 2016Open

    After four years in post, Lord Michael Bichard will step down as Chair of SCIE in March 2017. Lord Bichard, who joined SCIE in 2013, had already completed his three-year term and agreed to a one year extension to March 2017. During that time, Lord Bichard has overseen major changes at SCIE including the development of training and consultancy services, delivery of major work programmes such as the Care Act and Better Care Fund, and leading the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care.

    I am very proud at what we have achieved and thrilled to leave such a robust Board and organisation in place. I will also leave confident that SCIE has a strong future, with the capacity and leadership to succeed.

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