SCIE news and events - 251 to 260
Social work education - putting service users and carers at its heart 08 November 2012Open
Today, eight new Social Care TV films are launched. All social work degree courses now require the active participation of people who use services, and carers. The films show how user and carer involvement is transforming social work education. This has the power to create a new generation of social workers whose practice is routed in the "lived experience" of people.
These films are invaluable to a range of audiences, because involving users and carers isn't just an 'add-on'; it's a 'must do'. The real-life stories and useful tips on how to improve participation, all brought to life in the films, help students and lecturers to understand how they can improve practice, by involving users and carers.SCIE's Workforce Director, Stephen Goulder
Making the most of research 08 November 2012Open
It is becoming more and more important for students, lecturers and newly qualified social workers, to know about, and understand, research. A new web resource, published today by the Social Care Institute for Excellence ,supports those groups to assess and use research to inform their work, so that they can be as effective as possible when working with people who use services.
Research doesn't have to be daunting. To be 'research minded', you need to know how to find appropriate research, and this web tool supports you in that, by providing you with a range of resources for improving your research-mindedness. It is an area that must be embraced by anyone who is serious about continuing professional development.SCIE's Workforce Director, Stephen Goulder
Public mystified by the system: Find Me Good Care launched 01 November 2012Open
Today Find Me Good Care launches to help people find the right care and support to suit their needs and lifestyle, whether at a time of crisis or as they plan for the future. Developed by the SCIE, Find Me Good Care is a comprehensive source of adult social care information and advice. The care system is a mystery to many, with SCIE's research revealing that the majority of British people don't know what options are available to them and two thirds have no idea how much care provision costs. Find Me Good Care has been created to help people take their first steps in seeking the right care - it includes information and guidance on how to choose and pay for care together with a directory of providers and the opportunity to provide feedback.
It has been an absolute minefield finding the right care for my parents. They both have dementia and I've never felt very clear about the options available for them. A website like Find Me Good Care would have been really helpful to me; I would have loved a place to go to say: 'These are my circumstances - what are my options.' You don't always get that at social services or the GP.Jude Irwin, who has had to arrange care for her parents
SCIE welcomes new chair of the Care Provider Alliance 01 November 2012Open
SCIE welcomes the announcement of Alex Fox as the new Chair of the Care Provider Alliance.
SCIE firmly believes that care providers of all sizes have a critically important role to play in improving the experience of people using services. Martin Green has been a dynamic chair of the Care Provider Alliance and we have enjoyed working with him. We are looking forward to continuing this constructive relationship with Alex Fox who is a great advocate for innovative solutions to the challenges facing the care and support sector. His experience of the role of small, community services will be a valuable asset to the CPA and to SCIE as we develop our programme of support for the sector.SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe
Using computers and ICT to support people with dementia 31 October 2012Open
A new guide is launched today which supports computer activities for people with dementia. It helps care managers and their staff to use information and communication technology (ICT) to improve quality of life for their clients. The plain-language guide means that professionals who use it do not need to be technically-minded. There are nine useful sections on the web-based tool, ranging from getting the right kit through to using ICT in reminiscence and life story activities
The new guide shows how someone with dementia can be supported to use computers for meaningful activities. Whether it's playing a game on the internet, finding old songs or using ICT in group reminiscence sessions, computers can make a real difference to people's lives when living with dementia.SCIE's Workforce Director, Stephen Goulder
Leadership Qualities Framework 26 October 2012Open
SCIE is committed to working in close partnership with the National Skills Academy for Social Care, to promote and embed leadership throughout social care and other care services. SCIE has been amongst the Skills Academy’s key partners in the development of their Leadership Qualities Framework. SCIE’s research base demonstrates the clear link between quality of leadership and quality of services. SCIE and the Skills Academy say that good leadership is essential if excellence is to be achieved.
SCIE and partners bid for NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care 12 October 2012Open
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is bidding to host the new NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care, in partnership with leading research and improvement agencies. The SCIE bid is being made in partnership with: •Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) which is part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London •Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the University of Kent at Canterbury and the London School of Economics and Political Science •Research in Practice (RIP) •Research in Practice for Adults (RIPfA)
SCIE and our partners are ideally placed to host the Collaborating Centre which will develop guidance for the social care sector. We are delighted to have such a strong partnership in place to bid for this work and we are confident that we will submit a strong bid.SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe
Adults at risk in London: Good practice resource 08 October 2012Open
A new easy-to-use online resource is launched today to help staff in carrying out their responsibilities to safeguard adults at risk. It gives practical pointers to help staff to assess the risk of abuse, to recognise it when it does occur and to respond to it appropriately. It also gives quick and easy access to the pan-London "safeguarding protocol". This helps frontline safeguarding staff across the capital, to carry out cross-borough and cross-agency work, to prevent and investigate abuse.
This new resource is full of handy pointers and professional tips for staff, who are at the frontline doing this vital work. As an online resource it makes it easy for staff to work together across London. We firmly believe that adults at risk across London are best protected when procedures between statutory agencies are consistent.SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe
Older people with high support needs 03 October 2012Open
A new digital report is launched today which looks at the key issue of how older people, with high support needs, are listened to and involved in, their care. The new web pages highlight and identify the benefits, and also the barriers to success in getting this right for this growing group of people who use services.
This report demonstrates the benefits of truly involving older people with high support needs in their care and design of services. This is fundamental to providing care with dignity. We all want to achieve this and the report shows that there are good practice examples to learn from, adapt and adopt.SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
New films - Avoiding unnecessary hospital admissions 18 September 2012Open
There is much in the news about the pressure that is being placed on busy hospitals, often because of the increasing numbers of older people. Today, three new films are launched on Social Care TV, which explore the realities behind the headlines. Older people often have complex health care needs which require a range of health and social care interventions, including hospital admissions when necessary. The films look at what steps can be taken to help avoid unnecessary hospital admissions.
“I strongly recommend anyone interested in the practical benefits of integrated health and social care, takes the time to watch these three short films from SCIE. They really demonstrate what can be achieved when services work together to meet the needs of older people and their carers".SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
- Research briefing 41: Factors that promote and hinder joint and integrated working between health and social care services
Steve Palmer, Press Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
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