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SCIE information

Information from SCIE:

      Care Improvement Works

A new online resource directs care providers to free, reliable guides, learning tools and products mapped to the Care Quality Commission’s inspection questions and key lines of enquiries  (KLOE).

Developed in partnership by the Social Care Institute for Excellence and Skills for Care, Care Improvement Works aims to support improvement – whatever your inspection rating.

The resource has been developed with support from care providers, regulators, commissioners, service users and carers.

You can search for products by CQC question or KLOE, generate your own lists of useful products, and email the list to yourself or others.

Visit www.careimprovementworks.org.uk 



      New SCIE Mental Capacity Act Directory

A new Mental Capacity Act (MCA) Directory is an online collection from the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) of up-to-date MCA materials. Examples of good practice, and other useful content, have been submitted by professionals across all the sectors that use the MCA.  All the materials in the directory have been quality-assured by a panel of experts, coordinated by SCIE.  
It’s a handy new resource if you want a quick journey to quality-assured MCA resources. It’s vital that staff working with people, who may lack capacity, fully understand the implications of the Mental Capacity Act. We hope the directory will help staff to explore the sometimes difficult decisions that have to be made about capacity.  The resources in the directory will be invaluable to all staff working in health, social care and housing.
Support for the Care Act from SCIE
     Support for the Care Act

New Guide on Strength-based approach to assessment and eligibility
The Care Act’s aim is to promote people’s wellbeing and independence. The act says that professionals should “look at the person’s life, considering their needs and agreed outcomes in the context of their skills, ambitions and priorities.” This is called taking a strengths-based approach. It’s important because from 1st April this becomes the law. A new guide and accompanying film from SCIE show how using a strengths-based approach in assessment should put people at the centre of understanding their own needs.
Taking a strength-based approach means looking at what people can do with their own skills and resources, and what the people around them can do to support them, so that they can be active in their communities. The new guide and film are part of a larger new set of resources from SCIE have been designed to support local authority staff, social workers and others involved in assessment and eligibility. Until the end of March, SCIE are also running training sessions on the changes to assessment and eligibility in the Care Act.  
3 films from SCIE:
1.  Staff supervision in an integrated setting
This new Social Care TV film is about how the quality of social work in mental health can be enhanced by complementing line management supervision with clinical and professional supervision.  It is important to have clear lines of accountability and communication if different aspects of supervision are delivered by different people. Social workers in this film are all members of a multi-disciplinary Mental Health team at the Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust.  They work with extremely complex cases in residential care homes and good supervision is essential to ensure high standards.
2.  Dementia Friendly environments
These 2 films will be helpful to care providers, care staff, carers, families and friends supporting people with Dementia.  The films illustrate how sometimes people with dementia see the world differently than others. Everyday things can be confusing; for instance, a rug can look like a hole in the ground and how it  can be a challenging and frightening world.  The films show how simple changes can create more dementia-friendly home environments.