SCIE news and events - 201 to 210

  • World Mental Health Day 10 October 2014Open

    World Mental Health Day is the annual global celebration of mental health education, awareness and advocacy.

    Today there will be plenty of activity raising awareness for mental health issues. We have a wide range of resources that can support World Mental Health Day, including one often overlooked area: the mental health and mental wellbeing of older people. Our work with older people from minority ethnic communities shows that a person's mental and physical condition can be prevented from deteriorating by providing simple preventive measures, such as information and advice about healthy living, exercise, and social stimulation. We’re also keen to see good quality transitions from children’s to adults’ mental health services, as well as good mental health in the social care workforce – we at SCIE are proud to be registered as a Mindful Employer. So, there’s plenty to do, but World Mental Health Day is at least an opportunity to get people thinking about improving the nation’s mental health.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

  • CQC inspections and SCIE support 09 October 2014Open

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) have today issued handbooks to help care providers to understand how they will be assessed and rated. Specialist teams, including trained members of the public (called Experts by Experience) will inspect services, asking: Are they safe, caring, effective, responsive to their needs, and well-led? CQC will then rate these services as Outstanding, Good, Requires Improvement or Inadequate.

    CQC's new model of inspection will go a long way towards ensuring that poor care is stamped out and that quality care is celebrated. The handbooks will make it more straightforward for providers to recognise what quality care is; and also to determine how to achieve it. At SCIE, we’re passionate about supporting the improvement of care experiences and outcomes. To this end we are engaged with the whole range of stakeholders in the development of improvement toolkits, resources and services

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter. SCIE has mapped some of its key resources and services to the new CQC topics for inspection.

  • Care Act support: SCIE bulletin 7 Oct 2014 07 October 2014Open

    Our new bulletin focuses on the Care Act, which gives local authorities new responsibilities from April 2015. It will impact on how adult care services are commissioned and developed. SCIE is producing a range of products and services to help you to implement both the letter and the spirit of the Care Act.

  • Brutally honest film about dementia 19 September 2014Open

    A new, brutally honest film launched today reminds us that although dementia causes the loss of some abilities, people’s feelings remain intact. Four people with dementia talk about their emotions: fear, guilt, embarrassment, isolation, powerlessness. In the film they give a deeply moving and personal insight into an often overlooked aspect of the condition. And it shows what differences can be made when there’s a supportive relationship with the person involved in dementia care.

    Our film shows how care workers, nurses, family and friends can support people with dementia by recognising them as individuals, with their own very real emotions and sense of identity.

    SCIE’s Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

  • Barker Commission: SCIE response 04 September 2014Open

    The final report from the independent commission on the Future of Health and Social Care in England published today examines the current health and social care system and proposes a new approach that redesigns care around individual needs.

    We welcome this timely and necessary report on the future of health and social care in England. Given health and social care systems that have grown up incrementally over many years, it is good to see this attempt to simplify the hugely complex web of entitlements so they make better sense to people needing services.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter

  • Help with the Care Act: SCIE bulletin 2 September 02 September 2014Open

    SCIE is developing a range of resources that will help you to understand and implement the Care Act 2014. These will be available on our website; they will complement statutory regulations and support being developed by other organisations. Other items this time include: • The case for prevention • Social care awards • "No assumptions" over mental health • Upcoming events

  • Ewan King to join SCIE team of directors 22 August 2014Open

    Ewan King has been appointed as the new Director of Business Development and Delivery at SCIE. In this new role, Ewan will play a key part in the delivery of SCIE’s work to clients including the Department of Health, and the development of other sustainable revenue streams.

    SCIE plays a hugely important role in supporting improvement in social care, equipping the sector with the knowledge, expertise, evidence and support it needs to make a difference to service users, carers and communities. I am looking forward to working with colleagues at SCIE to further develop its services.

    Ewan King, who starts as SCIE's business development and delivery director in September

  • Care services and special measures 18 July 2014Open

    Care homes and home care providers treating older people, and people at risk, without dignity and respect, will be subject to special measures from the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Such providers will face an ‘unprecedented turn-around programme’, according to the Department of Health, which says the move comes alongside evidence that a special measures scheme introduced in failing hospitals in the wake of the scandal at Mid Staffs has triggered ‘transformational improvements in services’. From October, the 25,000 care home and homecare services in England will face a new inspection and rating regime that will ‘shine a light on poor care to drive up standards’. From April 2015, services rated as inadequate face being put into special measures and given a limited time period to make improvements. If they fail to improve, the CQC will be able to close them down.

  • Call for practice on preparing for adulthood 16 July 2014Open

    SCIE is doing work on the topic of Preparing for Adulthood: transition from Children’s to Adults’ services in relation to the Care Act. We are working in partnership with other organisations such as Skills for Care, Preparing for Adulthood (PfA), Local Government and others to help make some of this information and practice available. The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care is also working on producing guidance. Strand 1 Prevention: best practice for identifying all young people who may have care and support needs as adults, not only those known to children’s services. (Examples include some young people with autism or who develop care and support needs near adulthood). This strand is aimed at practitioners, strategic managers, and operational managers with the voice of young people leading. SCIE would like to hear from you regarding practice. Strand 2 Carers: a) young carers approaching adulthood b) carers of young people approaching adulthood (often parents, but applies to anyone with a caring role). What would best practice look like? Strand 3 Conversations: Handbook to support young people and carers in preparing for adulthood, setting out their rights under the Care Act and signposting to the range of existing guidance for specific groups. Send your practice examples or join the advisory group by contacting Meiling Kam at or call 020 7535 0942 for an initial discussion. The closing date is 31 July 2014.


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