SCIE media statement

New SCIE products for NCAS

19 October 2011

New resources are being launched today at the National Children and Adult Services Conference. (NCAS / Twitter hash tag #NCASC)

SCIE’s Director of Adult Services, David Walden, says:

All of the issues we’re highlighting are very important for adult social care. The two films are invaluable for commissioners who are tasked with changing the way services are designed so that personalisation is embedded. The autism briefing builds on our previous work on the issue, as does the publication on reablement and occupational therapy. OT can support reablement, thereby helping people to live in their own homes.

Commissioning for personalisation

Two new Social Care TV films look at how commissioners and providers are working together in Dorset and London to address the challenges posed by personalisation.

The Dorset County Council Innovation Fund provides start-up money for small independent providers to develop a range of services which local people with personal budgets might purchase.  Two inner London authorities are highlighted, where personalisation has lead to a total rethink of commissioning. The film highlights how the councils have reformulated their commissioning processes allowing people who use the services to be resources in their own right.


SCIE’s new Autism Guide looks at how social care services can improve access to adults with autism. It is based on research that explores the barriers to services experienced by people with autism. The guide also includes advice on how services can best meet the goals of the government's autism strategy. A shorter briefing – “At a glance 49”; Improving access to social care for adults with autism -  provides an overview of the information covered in the guide.

Reablement and occupational therapy

SCIE has worked closely with the College of Occupational Therapists to produce a briefing for OTs. It is entitled “At a glance 46; Reablement: a key role for occupational therapists.” It summarises research and practice evidence about reablement and explains the contribution that occupational therapists make to reablement services. It includes four case studies that provide practical examples of how occupational therapists can help people to regain everyday skills and retain their independence.


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