Social Care Institute for Excellence

The use of IT to support people with dementia


Co-researching and writing a guide for case sector SMEs on how to use information and communication technologies to support people living with dementia. Part of the Get Connected ICT grant scheme. In collaboration with the Institute for Employment Studies.

Information needs of social care and health practitioners 


Research to assess the information seeking behaviour of social care and health practitioners, focusing on interdisciplinary work at the health and social care interface. In association with TPFL, part of the Idox Group.

Get Connected guide to e-learning


Researching and developing an accessible guide to making the most of e-learning for staff development in small and medium sized enterprises in the adult social care sector. Part of the 'Get Connected' ICT capital grant scheme.

Social care portal


In partnersip with MyKnowledgeMap, this scoping review involves stakeholder consultation, comparator analysis and business modelling for an online portal serving the social care sector in England and Wales.

Care Skillsbase


The national implementation of the SISCo regional pilot is a web-based service from SCIE entitled Care Skillsbase, offering free practical resources to help care employers support the communication and number skills of their staff. Includes downloadable skills checks, audit tools, video guides and virtual tours.

SISCo - supporting induction in social care


The SISCo project was jointly sponsored by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and Skills for Care (the sector skills council for adult social care in England). It is also supported by SEEDA (the regional development agency for SE England).

This project began as a regional pilot, developing web-based services that promote an integrated approach to the social care common induction standards and language, literacy, numeracy skills.

SISCO pilot evaluation report [pdf 215kb]

Supporting the development of e-learning in social care

2003 - 2006

This work, supported by a 2 million grant from the Department of Health, involved advising SCIE on how to support the strategic development of e-learning for the social care sector in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Key tasks:

  • advising SCIE on developing in-house e-learning capacity
  • devising a sector-wide consultation about e-learning
  • establishing links between SCIE and key partner organisations in the government, education, health and social care sectors
  • developing web-based services for basic skills and induction training

Related links

SCIE website

Care Skillsbase website