Social Care Institute for Excellence hack

15 Jun - 16 Jun 2013

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Social Care Institute for Excellence
2-4 Cockspur Street
London SW1Y 5BH

About Social Care Institute for Excellence hack

SCIE hack day


Help hack for a good cause and further good practice in social care. We are looking for a mix of geeks, designers, hackers, interested parties and experts to hack around case studies (and a wildcard challenge) provided by SCIE. A show and tell session will take place on Sunday afternoon so please sign up below if you are interested in seeing what is made in an intense two day hack around social care. 

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What if ....?

  • ...a close relative became ill tomorrow, who would you call for advice and what would you ask them?
  • ...your father required specialist care, how would you find the correct person or organisation to provide that care?
  • wanted to know what training you needed to make you a better care worker, where would you start?
  • wanted a resident at your care home to keep in touch with their daughter living in Australia, how could you help?
  • organisation (SCIE) wanted to answer all of these questions and more, how would you help?

Background: Who is SCIE?

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) improves the lives of people who use care services by sharing knowledge about what works. SCIE is an independent charity working with adults, families and children's social care and social work services across the UK. SCIE also works closely with related services such as health care and housing.

About SCIE —

What does SCIE do?

SCIE gathers and analyses knowledge about what works and translates that knowledge into practical resources, learning materials and services including training and consultancy.

  • What are some of the project goals?
  • Connect people with service providers
  • Overcome social isolation
  • Provide ways to find the best care services
  • Give people opportunities to voice their opinions
  • Use appropriate tools to train professionals
  • Exploit new technology
  • Develop new ways to communicate

Who is the target audience?

SCIE’s work helps to improve the knowledge and skills of those working in care services. This includes managers, frontline staff, commissioners and trainers. People who use these services and their families also use our resources to make informed decisions about their care.

Why should you be involved?

Because at some point in your life you may need help yourself.

Extra reading to help you decide (BBC links)


Challenge 1

Making the decision for an elderly loved one to go into a care home is a difficult one, no matter in what context - an Alzheimer’s sufferer living with a family who feel they can no longer provide the care required, an elderly person living far from their family who now finds it impossible to cope are just two examples.  Suddenly, on top of that decision comes the daunting task of finding the best care home and whilst the internet can provide the answer, the vast array of care home search sites is overwhelming.

Can you design a system which could be professionally recommended, providing all of the required details, incorporating personal recommendations and other pointers to enable the choice to be an easier one. What would be your vision to solve this?

Challenge 2

Once in a care home, the elderly may potentially find new people to socialise with, but this is never guaranteed.  Add to that the problem of being at some distance from their families who find that day to day commitments make it difficult to visit very often and even impossible if those families are overseas. 

Being elderly does not automatically discount the use of technology and the opportunity to learn how to use an ipad or computer could solve this problem, but can you design a site which keeps these people in contact in a safe, unintrusive, non-threatening  and simple way?

Challenge 3

Elderly care workers deal throughout their working day with a myriad of situations, many unpredictable, many difficult and many, I am sure, very rewarding.  They invariably work on a shift system and, like the rest of us, have their own family commitments once they leave work.  Employers are responsible for their continued training, but often this falls victim to those hours, shifts, personal commitments leaving very small pockets of time in which they can absorb all of the training necessary to incorporate up-to-date knowledge. Add to that the fact that English is commonly not the first language among care workers.

Can you think of a way to deliver training to care workers which is sensitive to their individual time restraints, sensitive to their skill level, but which supports their personal training?

Challenge 4

Wildcard. You can make and break and create solutions to any problem that you feel SCIE has not tackled or needs to tackle better. This challenge is completely open. 


ip rights will be confirmed and explained nearer the time


Andrea Sutcliffe – Chief Executive, SCIE

Andrea has nearly 30 years experience in health and social care, managing a range of services including those for children and for older people.  Andrea was also an executive director at the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence for seven years. Andrea is regularly invited to contribute SCIE's expertise to various initiatives.  She is an active member of the Think Local, Act Personal board, leading the Information, Advice and Brokerage work stream and is also a member of the Towards Excellence in Adult Social Care Board. In addition Andrea is a member of the Department of Health's Transformation Group and Care and Support Implementation Board.  Andrea is an advocate for the use of social media to share information and blogs regularly for sites such as the Guardian Social Network and on the SCIE website. You can follow her on twitter @Crouchendtiger7

Dave Anderson – Head of Digital, SCIE

Dave joined SCIE in 2011 after 25 years in the digital media business. As Head of Development at the BBC Multimedia he worked on various platforms including CD-ROM, web, and games on numerous BBC and International brands. He also taught at the University of Westminster as a Visiting Lecturer on the Videogames course.

George Julian – Consultant

George works in a number of areas relating to knowledge transfer and mobilisation. She has a personal interest in the role that social media can play in supporting the translation and application of research to policy and practice. She is also a Visiting Fellow at the London School of Economics

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