Headlines: March 2nd, 2001

A new Social Care Institute for Excellence is to be set up to raise the standard of social care provision throughout England and Wales. The launch of the Institute is an important element in the Government’s drive to modernise social services across the country and tackle variations in quality and standards of services that exist between authorities.Its role will be to create a knowledge base of what works in social care and the information will be made available to managers, practitioners and users. It will rigorously review research and practice to provide a database of information on methods proven to be effective in social care practice. Using this information, the Institute will produce guidelines on Best Practice. They will be disseminated across the sector and will be readily accessible to the staff who actually deliver the services. The Institute will work to help staff implement Best Practice, ensuring they are equipped with both the knowledge and support needed to bring about an improvement in services offered. It will also to implement the Government’s Quality Strategy for social care and promote the health and social care partnership agenda through its work with the National Institute for Clinical Excellence and other organisations in the health care sector.

The Iinstitute will be set up by staff from the National Institute for Social Work who will work with the Department of Health and the National Assembly for Wales. They will draw on the expertise of organizations such as the Social Services Inspectorate, the General Social Care Council and the National Care Standards Commissio