SCIE news and events - 201 to 210

  • National Care Home Open Day - SCIE comment 21 June 2013Open

    Over 2,000 care homes are opening their doors today. National Care Home Open Day aims to show that care homes can be inspiring places, full of unique, intelligent and charming characters, and run by people that really do care. SCIE says that residents in care homes should have opportunities to contribute to their local communities.

    National Care Home Open Day is a great opportunity to highlight the excellent examples of good care we know exist. It follows recent media exposure of the very opposite; bad care. Although we must all learn from these incidents and constantly improve what we do for people who use services and their families, today offers the chance for many people across the country to see a different side of things; and find out what is going on in their local care home.

    SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Panorama - SCIE comment 18 June 2013Open

    Studying mortality rates at care and nursing homes for the elderly in England, Panorama looked at neglect and poor care in two care homes.

    The BBC Panorama programme last night was distressing viewing; for me, the most poignant and powerful moment was when one resident said: “All my tears are gone”. We must not forget that day in and day out, dedicated staff provide high quality care for thousands of people. But as the programme showed, this is not always the case and none of us would want our loved ones to experience the pain and distress so vividly portrayed.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Former SCIE chair and staff honoured in Queen’s Birthday List 15 June 2013Open

    Allan Bowman, former chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE); David Walden, former Director of Adult Services; and David Ellis former Principal Advisor for Adult Services, have all been honoured in the Queen's Birthday Honours list.

    This is fantastic news for our former colleagues, for SCIE and for social care. It is great to see them receive the recognition they deserve for dedicating their careers to improving the care and support that people receive.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Dementia - Working in partnership with carers 13 June 2013Open

    People who care for a relative, friend or neighbour with dementia are experts-by- experience, but often do not feel like that. In Carers Week 2013, SCIE has launched a new additional resource for the Dementia Gateway. The Gateway, created by SCIE in 2009, has always been a one-stop-shop for care workers and managers, offering practical tips, tools and activities. Now, the site has been updated to explore how health and social care staff can work alongside carers, recognise their expertise and help to provide the best possible support for people living with dementia.

    I am delighted that SCIE has been able to develop this additional resource to support carers in Carers Week. Carers play an absolutely vital role in the care and support of people with dementia – and yet often they have to battle with the health and social care system to be heard and to have their expertise recognised.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Carers Week 2013 - SCIE comment 10 June 2013Open

    Carers Week 2013 is a UK-wide annual awareness campaign. Its aim is to improve the lives of carers and the people they care for. It does this by doing things like raise the profile of the role of caring in the national, regional and local media and encouraging groups and organisations to take part and organise events and activities.

    SCIE is proud to support Carers Week. People who provide care and support, for a relative, friend or neighbour, are often unsung heroes whose own physical, emotional and mental wellbeing can suffer.

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Integration is essential to truly personalised care 22 May 2013Open

    Today sees publication of survey findings published by the Think Local, Act Personal partnership; on personal budgets, and personal health budgets

    Today’s helpful reports show that people are benefitting from the control and freedom that self-directed budgets offer. Good progress is clearly being made but the reports demonstrate that local authorities need to simplify their processes and constantly focus on the outcomes that matter most to people.

    SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Supervision - new Guide and films 22 May 2013Open

    Supervision is a vital skill to get right in social care and support services; the nature of the work can be emotionally-charged and this can place particular demands on staff. Supporting them is vital. A new Online Guide and two new Social Care TV films are launched today by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). SCIE says that supervision works best when it occurs regularly, is based on a respectful relationship and is embedded in an organisation's culture

    Care staff play a vital role in supporting people who are using services, many of whom are vulnerable and have complex needs. We need to value and support staff so that they can be proud of the job they do and have the skills to help people enjoy an improved quality of life. A really important way to do this is to provide staff with effective supervision to develop their understanding and improve their practice. Our new resources are designed to help make that happen. The films show real-life examples of where good quality supervision is happening; the Guide is a useful resource for anyone who supervises, or who receives supervision

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • National Care Home Open Day - SCIE support 21 May 2013Open

    The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) has signed up to support National Care Home Open day on 21 June 2013. SCIE’s chair, Lord Michael Bichard, chief executive, Andrea Sutcliffe and other senior staff will be visiting care homes on the day to highlight the important role that they play.

    People who live in care homes are local residents like everyone else in the community. Good care homes recognise that and ensure that their residents can continue to play an active role in their local community. And they create opportunities for other local residents to play a role in the life of the care home. SCIE is delighted to support National Care Home Open Day and we look forward to visiting homes across the country. We would encourage all care homes to get involved and take the opportunity to show what inspiring places they can be.

    SCIE's Chair, Lord Michael Bichard


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