NICE appoints SCIE to develop care standards
Caring Times, February 2013
The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has awarded a contract to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and its partner organisations, to support the development, adoption and dissemination of its social care guidance and quality standards from 1 April, as the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care.
Developing social care guidance and quality standards is a new responsibility for NICE, as outlined in the government’s Health and Social Care Act (2012). From 1 April, NICE will expand its remit and to reflect this, it will be known as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE).
The NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care will use NICE’s methods and processes to develop social care guidance for NICE. NICE will then use these as a basis for its quality standards for social care. The Centre will support the adoption and dissemination of these quality standards.
The contract has been awarded to SCIE and its partner organisations following an open procurement process. Professor Gillian Leng, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Health and Social Care at NICE said: “We are very pleased to work with SCIE and its partner organisations in a formal capacity as our NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care.
“With SCIE’s track-record in promoting and facilitating quality improvement and information-sharing across the UK’s care services, we are confident that they have the relevant expertise to support us in this new and important area of work.”
SCIE works closely with a number of organisations and research units to carry out work relevant to the social care sector. SCIE’s partner organisations for the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care are: Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre), which is part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Kent Research in Practice (RIP) Research in Practice for Adults (RIPfA) With SCIE, these will all contribute to the future development of NICE guidance on social care as the NICE Collaborating Centre for Social Care.
NICE will commission the Centre to develop its social care guidance on up to six topics at a time. The scheduling of these topics is currently under way. NICE will publish its first two quality standards for social care in April, as part of a pilot programme to test its methods and processes.
These will cover priority areas for quality improvement for care services for people with dementia and for the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people. They will be based on existing NICE-accredited health and socal care guidance. The Department of Health and the Department for Education have referred a further nine social care topics for the development of NICE quality standards. These include the transition between child and adult services, medicines management in care homes, and the mental wellbeing of older people in residential care.