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CQC Care Update - SCIE response 12 March 2013Open
“Yes – let’s share the knowledge of what works to improve care.” SCIE’s response to the Care Update published by the Care Quality Commission today.
There is much to applaud in today’s Care Update from the Care Quality Commission as the majority of services are considered to be delivering good quality care. There is also significant room for improvement. But it is not enough for us to say ‘this needs to improve’; we need to know how, which is why I welcome David Behan’s commitment to using and sharing the evidence of what works well, to drive the changes needed.SCIE’s Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe
Find Me Good Care extends review service 06 March 2013Open
People can now review any care and support service that they have used on Find Me Good Care.Originally this review option was limited to services with an enhanced listing, but is now being extended to all 30,500 services listed on the site.
“I am delighted that following the experience of our first few months we can open up Find Me Good Care reviews to all services. We always wanted to do this but needed to make sure that we could support this extended service properly. We are now confident we can and I hope this development will make Find Me Good Care even more useful for the public and care providers.”SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
TLAP's "A problem shared" - SCIE response 06 March 2013Open
The Think Local Act Personal consortium have today launched “A Problem Shared: Making best use of resources in adult social care”. Here is SCIE’s response
SCIE is pleased to have been involved in this important piece of work. As the report makes clear, these are extremely difficult financial times for adult social care and the pressures and expectations are only set to increase. But we need to make sure that we do not lose sight of our ambitions to improve the quality of care and support provided and ensure it is truly person-centred. Having chaired the Use of Resources Steering Group I know how hard this can be and I would like to thank everyone involved for sharing their experience and insights.SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe.
Dementia / care homes - SCIE response 26 February 2013Open
The Alzheimer’s Society report challenges low expectations of care for people living with dementia. SCIE offers practical resources that can help to meet that challenge.
The Alzheimer’s Society’s important report today confirms that the significant and rising number of people living with dementia is something we all need to care about. This could be you, your family member or friend. We should not be satisfied with low expectations. Instead we should follow the example set by the excellent services that do exist and try to make sure that these high standards of care and support are available for all - in the community, at home and in residential care..SCIE’s Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
Call for evidence and practice - Development of Local Information and Advice 21 February 2013Open
The White Paper, "Caring for Our Future" includes details of the Government’s intentions to improve the provision of information, advice and support for people seeking help with finding, choosing, arranging and paying for care. Improving the availability of information and advice has also been an issue raised by all those giving evidence to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Draft Care and Support Bill. Closing date - Friday 8th March.
CQC home care report - SCIE response 13 February 2013Open
The Care Quality Commission’s review of home care services has been published.
Whenever a report like this comes out there are things to cheer and things for the sector to work on. CQC say that, despite several similar reports in recent years, examples of poor care do occur all too often. We know from our work that those services which are performing well embrace the following; consistency of staff visiting people in their homes; person-centred care so that people feel dignified and respected; spending time enjoyably with good relationships with care providers; and professional support and development for staff. Crucially, the report recommends that more views and experiences of people, who receive home care, are listened to.SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe. SCIE was involved in the advisory group for this report.
Funding reforms and the cost of care - SCIE statement 11 February 2013Open
The Government has announced plans to limit the amount that people in England have to pay for social care
We welcome the Government’s announcements today as an important step along the way for social care funding reform. After so much discussion it is good that the Government is now committed to introducing a cap for care costs and implementing an extended means test. While this does not resolve all the funding concerns in social care, it is significant that these helpful proposals will now make their way onto the statute book.SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe
Consultation on future NICE quality standards and guidance 11 February 2013Open
The Department of Health is consulting on topics for new National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence quality standards and guidance on social care from 2015. SCIE encourages all stakeholders to take part in this consultation and influence the future social care quality standards and guidance. Social care guidance topics for 2012-14 have already been identified and are under "Related Documents" in the link below. The closing date is 26 April 2013.
Francis report - SCIE response 06 February 2013Open
SCIE response to the findings of the Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust Public Inquiry.
The Francis report raises issues that affect everyone who cares for people and these conclusions and recommendations should have far-reaching implications in the world of social care. We need to tackle poor care wherever it happens and address the underlying problems that can be caused by deficient leadership, insufficient funding, faulty process, inadequate training or poor communications.SCIE's Chief Executive Andrea Sutcliffe
The Children and Families Bill - SCIE response about looked after children 05 February 2013Open
SCIE response following the announcement of planned reforms to adoption.
We welcome the bill's focus on improving the stability of looked after children's placements, and on speeding up aspects of the process by which a child moves in, or out of public care. A recent research review, conducted by SCIE, looked at specialist, speedily provided services, to support children returning home from care. Those services have been shown to be more likely to lead to stable placement with birth families, compared to "services as usual", and also to quicker placement with alternative families, if return home is unsuccessful or inappropriate.SCIE's Deputy Chief Executive, Amanda Edwards
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