SCIE media statement

Mental Capacity and SCIE

25 May 2011

SCIE is continuing to support care homes and home care providers to implement the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Provider Development Managers will be based within three independent care provider organisations, giving advice on mental capacity across the organisations which are members of the Care Providers Alliance (CPA).

Following an external recruitment process, David Thompson will be based at the National Care Association and Rachel Griffiths will be in a similar role, at the English Community Care Association. It is hoped that a third position, based at the offices of the United Kingdom Homecare Association, will be announced shortly.

The new roles, funded by the Department of Health, will see the development, co-ordination and delivery of a programme of work, including training programmes, events and other activities. These are designed to embed the principles underpinning the Mental Capacity Act 2005.

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

It’s great news that three specialists are being recruited to these new roles so that our work on the Mental Capacity Act, can continue to support staff dealing with it every day. Working closely with provider networks is also important because the whole social care sector needs to be up-to-speed on developments and able to translate the complexities of the Act.

SCIE’s mental capacity resource

The Mental Capacity Act potentially touches the lives of millions, particularly those who live with learning disability, dementia or mental health problems and those working and caring for them. From SCIE’s resources, people can choose from a range of guidance materials and links to access the tools that best support them.

Mental capacity and Social Care TV

SCIE has commissioned eight Social Care TV films on mental capacity. Managers and staff find the films really useful because they can show entire films or short clips. These are also being used in training. Social Care TV can be a “starting point” for staff to get to know a subject.


David and Rachel can be contacted on the following e mails addresses and they would welcome care providers contacting them.

Media contact

Steve Palmer | Press and Public Affairs Manager | Tel: 020 7766 7419 | Mob: 07739 458 192 | Email: