SCIE news and events - 261 to 270

  • 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

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