Following an open procurement process, NICE has awarded a contract to the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) and its partner organisations, to support the development, adoption and dissemination of its social care guidance and quality standards.

From 1 April 2013, NICE will expand its remit to cover social as well as health care and will be known as the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. The Collaborating Centre for Social Care will use NICE’s methods and processes to develop social care guidance which NICE will then use as a basis for its quality standards for social care. The centre will support the adoption and dissemination of these quality standards. SCIE’s partners for the collaboration are:

  • Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Coordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre), which is part of the Social Science Research Unit at the Institute of Education, University of London
  • Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU) at the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Kent
  • Research in Practice (RIP)
  • Research in Practice for Adults (RIPfA)

NICE will commission the centre to develop its social care guidance on up to six topics at a time.

NICE will publish its first two quality standards for social care, based on existing NICE-accredited health and social care guidance in April, as part of a pilot to test its methods and processes. These will cover priority areas for improvement in care services for people with dementia and in the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and young people.