SCIE Annual Review 2010-11

SCIE’s commitment to participation and equality

The Social Care Institute for Excellence is very strong in stakeholder involvement and in considering the target audience. Service users’ views are sought throughout the guidance development process.

Chair of the NHS Evidence Advisory Committee

Involving people

SCIE is committed to ensuring that people who use services and carers are at the heart of everything we do. We continue to involve users and carers in a range of ways; including developing our products and steering our strategic direction as SCIE Board members.

SCIE is committed to continuing development and we commissioned an independent evaluation of participation and the role of our Partners’ Council this year. This concluded that: ‘SCIE practises what it preaches and has a commitment to engagement work that informs many levels and types of activities.’

The evaluation also identified a number of areas where participation in SCIE can be strengthened. This has led to the development of a new programme of work to refresh participation in SCIE and affirm our reputation as a leader in this increasingly important field.

SCIE’s Single Equality Scheme sets out targets in relation to addressing equalities issues as an employer and service provider.

We monitor the scheme with an annual report on equality issues to SCIE’s Board. This year’s report showed continued progress in the implementation of the Single Equality Scheme, with SCIE’s resources in particular continuing to show that issues around equality and diversity are a key concern.

This year we brought together all of our resources on equality and diversity in one place on our website, and added new resources in this area.

These included new personalisation At a glance briefings on the implications of the Equality Act 2010 and the implications for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) people, as well as a research briefing on Black and minority ethnic people with dementia and their access to support and services. In addition, SCIE was awarded JobCentre Plus’s Positive About Disabled People symbol in 2010.