Skills for Care, SCIE and NICE can support care providers who wish to improve the quality of their care and the skills of their workforce.

As well as providing access to free resources and products, SCIE and Skills for Care also offer tailored, paid-for services such as training and consultancy. You can find out more about our free and paid for services at SCIE and Skills for Care. All NICE resources are free to use.

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) improves the lives of people who use care services by sharing knowledge about what works.

SCIE offers consultancy on a range of topics including:

  • The Care Act
  • Mental Capacity Act
  • Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards
  • Safeguarding practice
  • Dementia awareness.

We also offer:

  • pre inspection healthchecks
  • post inspection analysis and improvement planning
  • reviews of policies and procedures.

The full range of SCIE's support for care providers is available on our website.

To find out more or request a quote about SCIE’s training and consultancy offer please complete this online enquiries form

Skills for Care ‎can help providers with leadership, learning and development challenges to ensure they have the right people with the right skills delivering high quality care and support.

Our specialist teams across the country can help you to implement changes needed to deliver the highest standards of care. We provide a range of funded resources and priced consultation support, seminars and workshops.

Skills for Care offers support with:

  • recruiting and retaining the staff you need
  • transforming your learning and development strategy
  • making the most of apprenticeships, qualifications and funding available
  • implementing the latest legislation or standards for example the Care Quality Commission standards, Care Certificate and delivering good and outstanding care
  • using market intelligence about the sector and your competitors to help expand the service
  • other workforce development issues that may be affecting your business

To find out more about their services or to discuss your requirements email or call 0113 241 1275

NICE produces guidelines, standards and other support tools to help social care practitioners deliver high quality, cost-effective interventions and services.

Why use NICE guidelines and quality standards for social care?
We make evidence-based recommendations on which health and social care services and interventions work in terms of effectiveness and cost. Our quality standards focus on the key areas for quality improvement. These can help you:

  • Assess your performance and improve the quality of care you are providing
  • Prepare your organisation for CQC inspections
  • Demonstrate your commitment to quality improvement
  • Deliver evidence based care tailored to the needs of service users
  • Recruit and develop your workforce to ensure you are delivering high quality care
  • Support your discussions with commissioners about the quality of your service
  • Promote better integration with your local health, public health services

The NICE Quality improvement resource: adult social care has been developed to help shape high quality adult social care services and improve the well-being of adults using social care. The resource was coproduced with local authorities, provider organisations and the CQC and it contains a more detailed mapping of individual quality statements and managing medicines recommendations, against the CQC key lines of enquiry.

The resource can be downloaded and adapted for local use and is ideal for developing quality dashboards and partnership working between providers and commissioners to agree ways to improve the quality of local services. Please visit the NICE website for more information and to download the resource. The NICE Quality improvement resource supports delivery of Quality Matters priority 3 ‘commissioning for better outcomes’.

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Need technical assistance?

If you experience technical issues, please e-mail or phone 0113 241 1275 (Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm)

Please note that email correspondence sent will be shared with Skills for Care and SCIE.


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