SCIE press release

SCIE and partners to provide NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care

07 January 2013

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has today, 7 January 2013, announced that the contract to provide the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care has been awarded to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and partners. The announcement follows a competitive tender process.

Speaking about the success, SCIE chief executive, Andrea Sutcliffe, says:

SCIE and our partners are delighted to be taking on this exciting new project. It is vital that people who use, manage and commission care services have reliable evidence and guidance on which to base their decisions. The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care will be essential to ensuring this happens.

Locating the Centre at SCIE will enable us to link the work of the Centre with our other activities. We have brought together some of the most respected and experienced research and implementation support agencies to provide the sector with practical, evidence-based guidance and support. Our immediate priority is to ensure that we have systems in place to make the Centre fully operational by April 2013.

The SCIE bid was made in partnership with:

The new Centre will be established and operating from 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.

The announcement has received widespread support from social care leaders (see notes to editors).

Media contact

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Notes to editors and quotes from partners

Cross-sector support for SCIE and partners' success

SCIE has always involved and been responsive to the views of service users. They have pioneered the co-production approach and for that reason I am delighted that SCIE and partners will have the opportunity to take forward the work of the new Centre.

Sue Bott, Director of Development, Disability Rights UK

I am delighted with this news. SCIE is perfectly placed to carry out this work. I have known SCIE since its inception and am confident that they will ensure that service users are at the heart of everything.

Maxine Wrigley, Chief Executive, A National Voice and former care leaver

SCIE has a strong track record of involving carers in developing accessible, practical resources for service-users and their families. We look forward to working with the Centre to bring together service-users, carers, the care workforce and commissioners to improve families' experiences of care and support services.

Helena Herklots, Chief Executive, Carers UK

It's great news for the sector that SCIE have been named as the preferred supplier to provide the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care. SCIE is uniquely well-placed to work with people who use services, front line workers and local commissioners to co-design standards which push forward the personalisation of social care.

Alex Fox, Chair, Care Providers Alliance and Chief Executive Officer, Shared Lives Plus

ADASS will very much look forward to working within this new framework which will benefit enormously from the varied and well-honed skills SCIE has developed through its previous work on best practice in social care.

Sarah Pickup, President, Association of Directors of Adult Social Services

SCIE has a strong history of gathering and analysing information about what works and does not work within social care as well as working with others in the sector such as health and housing to improve the lives of people throughout England. NICE now has responsibility to develop quality standards and guidance for social care in England, and SCIE will be a strong organisation to deliver this work.

Andrew Webb, Vice President of the Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS)

About the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care (NCCSC)

The NCCSC will develop social care guidance, and provide support for dissemination and adoption of NICE social care guidance and quality standards. The Centre will specifically provide the following:

The NCCSC contract will run for an initial period of three years with options to extend for three further 12-month periods. The contract is worth 1.8 million sterling pounds per annum over the first three years.

About SCIE and 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 new NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care will be located at SCIE.

Find out more at NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care


The Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Kent. Since 1974 PSSRU has undertaken high-quality, independent research in social and health care which has had an important influence on theory, practice and policy development in England and elsewhere. Member of the Unit continues to work in the fields of adult and children's social and health care, including long-term care funding, cost and outcome measurement, cost-effectiveness evaluation and analyses of commissioning and markets. PSSRU is funded from a variety of sources and collaborates closely with many other research groups. The PSSRU branches at LSE and Kent are both members of the NIHR School for Social Care Research.

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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-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.

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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 Research in Practice for Adults (RiPfA)