Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)
The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) is an independent organisation established in 2001, as part of the Government's strategy to improve social care provision and practice. The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety ( DHSSPS) and SCIE have a service level agreement which defines the objectives of the funding provided by the DHSSPS to SCIE.
The DHSSPS has one representative on SCIE’s The Board of Trustees, which is responsible for the overall governance of the organisation. Northern Ireland is represented by 4 members on the Partners’ Council, which advises the organisation on its priorities, programmes and performance. A Northern Ireland Reference Group was established in 2005, to advise SCIE on its Northern Ireland strategy.
In consultation with Northern Ireland stakeholders, SCIE provides best practice guidance on how research findings can contribute to the delivery of improved social care practice and provision. Through the dissemination of information SCIE, either directly or indirectly will provide advice and support to individuals and organisations within the social care sector working to implement findings, in order to improve practice, or raise standards.
SCIE works with the DHSSPS to identify areas for research and to provide advice and guidance on the applicability of research to standards and to services in Northern Ireland.