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Lockdowns unlock innovation

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Tough as it is, the lockdowns have not stopped social care professionals, organisations and services finding ways to provide amazing support. The restrictions have been hard for everyone involved in social care, but they have also brought opportunities and innovations which have inspired and supported others. SCIE's Ewan King explains more...

The volunteers and the virus

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Even though the coronavirus pandemic continues to cause stress, anxiety and disruption, it has also created opportunities, spurred innovative thinking and encouraged the forging of new connections.

In her role as Head of Commissioning in Adult Social Care, Kate Galoppi and her colleagues collaborated closely with their local voluntary action organisation to identify people interested in volunteering in care settings to support the COVID-19 response.

Making the case for place based working

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As we continue to fight the threats posed by COVID-19, the concept of place is more important than ever. Just before lockdown, SCIE was set to launch a new report on place-based approaches to health and social care. Like many events at the time, the launch event for the report never occurred. Ewan King ponders what happened next...

Co-production Week: Oxfordshire views

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In our second of two blogs previewing Co-production Week (6-10 July), Danie Woodbridge, Co-production Lead at Oxfordshire County Council, echoes the themes and reflections of SCIE's CEO Kathryn Smith. Co-production has been affected by covid-19 but that doesn't mean it's stopped. Conversations and collaborations continue to flourish online, as she explains.

Co-production Week: online but not out of sight

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The last three months have been the most challenging times faced by social care for many years, says Kathryn Smith, Chief Executive of the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE),

However, this period has not been without some positives. SCIE regularly survey people working in social care or in receipt of care to ask them what is important and what is working well. Here, in the first of two blogs marking Co-production Week (6-10 July), she highlights some of the feedback helping to shape services for the better.

In tough times, we need visions of hope

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This week , SCIE (the Social Care Institute for Excellence) publish a set of products from phase 2 of the Department Health and Social Care funded social care innovation network. SCIE's Chief Operating Officer Ewan King reveals how 24 organisations, including local authorities, innovative organisations and locally engaged citizens of people with lived experience have been exploring how best to support innovation to flourish.

A brighter social care future

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"Living 200 miles away from my dad who has Alzheimer’s and my mum who has, without much consultation, been reassigned from being his wife to being his ‘carer’, I feel acutely the pressing need for a better social care future." We're pleased to host this debut blog from Neil Crowther, co-convener of #socialcarefuture.