SCIE will not join merger of DoH programmes

    Plans to transfer seven government programmes to the Social Care
    Institute of Excellence have been scrapped because ministers’
    desire to retain control of them was deemed incompatible with
    SCIE’s independence, writes Mithran

    The programmes, which include the National Institute for Mental
    Health in England and the Valuing People Support Team, will still
    be merged, but separately from SCIE.

    The key sticking point was that SCIE’s insistence on
    protecting its independence was incompatible with the Department of
    Health’s wish to retain some control over the programmes.

    The decision raises question marks about the status of social
    care within the DoH, as health minister Stephen Ladyman had
    portrayed the plan as a way of raising the standing of the

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