SCIE media releases 2010

Health Select Committee response

12 March 2010

In response to today’s Third Report of Session 2009-10 on Social Care, SCIE’s Chair, Allan Bowman, who submitted evidence to the Health Select Committee, says:

SCIE is pleased to see such universal support for more personalised services, which we are promoting in many of our products. For instance, the revised edition of Personalisation: a rough guide is published shortly, giving practical guidance for anyone who provides care and support. However, you cannot prioritise this sort of approach without keeping an eye on cost-effectiveness, so if quality care is to become commonplace, then the watchwords must be ‘innovation’ and ‘improvement’.

We are also encouraged by the amount of recent interest in adult social care. It is in everyone’s interest to get this right for now and for the future. Dementia is just one, high-profile, area that needs addressing. It’s important that staff, managers and people who use services, know what works. The maintenance of a sound evidence-base will contribute to services being of the highest quality, safe, and mindful of people’s needs for independence, control and well-being.

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