SCIE press release

SCIE and partners bid for NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care

12 October 2012

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.

SCIE and our partners are ideally placed to host the Collaborating Centre which will develop guidance for the social care sector. We have a strong track record of producing practical, knowledge-based guides and tools which have helped the sector to improve its performance. 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.

The SCIE bid is being made in partnership with:

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) set out the details of the Invitation to Tender for the new centre on 5 October. The closing date for bids is 13 November. Further details are available on the NICE website.

The new Centre will be established and operating from 1 April 2013 to coincide with NICE taking on new responsibilities in relation to social care - as set out in the Health and Social Care Act 2012.

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Notes to editors and quotes from partners

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is an independent charity that works across the UK to improve care services by sharing knowledge about what works.SCIE:


The Personal Social Services Research Unit at the University of Kent at Canterbury and the London School of Economics and Political Science. Since 1974 PSSRU has undertaken high-quality, independent research in social and health care, which has had an important influence on theory, and policy development and reform in England and elsewhere. Their work is underpinned by They continue to work in the fields of adult and children's social and health care, including mental health, long-term care funding, cost and outcome measurement, and cost-effectiveness evaluation. They are funded from a variety of sources and collaborate closely with a number of research units and academic departments elsewhere.
Find out more at PSSRU website

PSSRU has a long track record of evaluative work and policy analysis in social care, and we are delighted to be partnering SCIE, RIP, RiPfA and the EPPI-Centre in this, making a proposal for the Collaborating Centre. We are excited by the potential to build on our recent and current work at both Kent University and the London School of Economics.

Martin Knapp, PSSRU Director at LSE

EPPI Centre

The Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) is part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London. Since 1993, they have been at the forefront of carrying out systematic reviews and developing review methods in social science and public policy. They are dedicated to making reliable research findings accessible to the people who need them, whether they are making policy, practice or personal decisions. The EPPI-Centre offers support and expertise to those undertaking systematic reviews
Find out more at EPPI website

The EPPI-Centre is committed to rigorous processes involving multiple stakeholders for evaluating and applying evidence to inform policy and practice decisions. We are proud to be working with our colleagues in SCIE, PSSRU, RIP and RiPfA in the crucially important area of developing research informed guidance in social care.

David Gough, Director, EPPI-Centre

Research in Practice (RIP)

RIP's mission is to build the capacity for evidence-informed practice in children's services. They support a network of Partners to move forward together, fostering a lasting culture shift in using evidence-informed practice to improve the lives of children, young people and families. Their work is about bringing together practitioner expertise with formal research evidence - creating new knowledge, new skills and a new energy to improve outcomes for children, young people and their families.
Find out more at RIP website

Being part of this collaborating centre is an excellent opportunity for RiP to offer its extensive expertise in supporting the children's sector to apply evidence, and to build upon existing links with the other organisations within the consortium. We are proud to be part of this team, and delighted to be supporting the sector in ensuring quality.

Dez Holmes, Director, Research in Practice (RIP)

Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA)

RiPfA exists to promote and support evidence-informed practice in adult social care and health. RiPfA has over six years experience of providing support for evidence-informed practice to its customers, predominantly staff working in its Partner agencies (local authorities) across England, to help ensure efficient and effective processes and decision-making. RiPfA assists those working in adult social care to gather, use and share evidence from research and other sources. This support is provided through a range of services, products and resources, all coproduced with the sector.
Find out more at RiPfA website

The adult social care sector has made great progress in understanding the need for evidence-informed practice; this development will provide the sector with much needed support to access evidence and use it to improve quality. We are delighted to be involved with this consortium bid and consider that our experience in supporting customers to apply evidence to improving their practice will be invaluable.

George Julian, Director, Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA)

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