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New innovative funding opportunity for ARC England members and training update from successful 2015/16 bursary winner! 

Last year, RLO made a Bursary award of £5,000 open to all member organisations of the Association for Real Change (ARC). This year RLO have kindly extended the same opportunity to you, our members, but this time the scope is even wider! Whilst your application might well be for training, any creative or inspiring idea that benefits the people you support will be considered by the panel. See here for more information and how to apply for the Bursary.  This is your chance to do something different - so get your creative idea down on paper and apply!

*Please note that to be eligible for this funding you must have paid your ARC membership for 2015/16, and you must renew your membership for 2016/17 by the bursary closing date of 30th April 2016.

ARC members Heart of England Mencap were one of our successful applicants last year - they were awarded £1,000 for Forest School training, to enable the people they support to visit forests and woodlands, learning personal, social and technical skills. 

Heart of England Men
cap began running their course in September 2015, and their teacher, Katie, has been learning all there is to know about Forest Schools! We caught up with Cath Errington (Fundraiser at HoE Mencap) who filled us on the great results of the training project so far.

"We made contact with a local primary school, who have their own woodland, and kindly offered it to us to use for our sessions. We had an initial taster session there in January, run by the children, who shared their knowledge with our customers. The first session went really well, with the customers really engaging, and keen to do it again!" Read more.
Main stories
CQC Inspection - Sharing Good Practice - examples from ARC England members 

We know that every care provider strives for the Outstanding rating at CQC inspection, so we thought here at ARC we would ask some of our members who have received an 'Outstanding' in one or more of the KLOE's to share their stories and experience.

We are very grateful to our members Kate Allen, Kingwood Trust, Sonia Simon and Christine Aslan, Yarrow Housing, and Leigh-Anne Smith at Polesworth Homes for sharing the stories of their outstanding projects and service delivery with us. See here to find out more .

We want to hear from more members who are willing to share their experience in future. Also we understand that receiving a less than good rating can be a stressful time, remember we are here to support you to address any areas of concern with our innovative training solutions. Lastly, we attend the CQC trade association meetings, so please let us know if there is anything you wish us to raise on your behalf.

Learning Disabilities Mortality Review (LeDeR) Programme 

The LeDeR Programme follows the Confidential Inquiry into premature deaths of people with Learning Disabilities (CIPOLD) and aims to make improvements to the lives of people with learning disabilities by identifying issues that may have contributed to a person's premature death, and working to ensure that these are not repeated .

Within the programme some deaths will be subject to a themed priority review. In 2016, these will be deaths of people from Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) communities and those of young people aged 18-24 years.

LeDeR are establishing two Review Panels to review these deaths, and would like to invite family members, social care professionals, advocates and people with learning disabilities to send in expressions of interest to join the review panels.

There is further information about the role and how to apply in this leaflet and for an easy read version see here.
'To move care from secure units to the community, local authorities, providers and families need to work together' 

Commissioning will be key in changing learning disability care - High quality, sustainable support is vital for the 2,500 people with learning disabilities and autism in settings like assessment and treatment units, and for the 24,000 the NHS identifies as being at risk of inpatient admission. Read more.

Further reading:
  • Right Place, Right Time - Better Transfers of Care: A call to action download the report by the Association of Foundation Trusts, NHS Providers
  • NHS and social care must not play the blame game on delayed dischargesThe consequences of transfers of care can be life-changing for the person on the receiving end. Read more.
  • Innovation in Rehabilitation - Papworth Trust open transitory rehabilitation centre, "providing each patient with more than four hours of first class social care and one-and-a-half hours of occupational therapy every single day".
Help to stop Government plans to scrap Attendance Allowance - a petition

In the Local Government Finance Settlement 2016/17 (published just before Christmas), it was suggested that there are plans to abolish all new claims for Attendance Allowance in favour of allocating the money over to local councils instead, to pay for support for older people.

Although a 'shake-up' of Attendance Allowance was expected, this severe revision could mean the end of access to this benefit for people who need it most.

Have your say - follow the link to sign the online petition against this move. 10,000 signatures results in a Govt. response and 100,000 with a debate.. have your say today.

This week ARC England
launched our CQC 
Inspection themed 
network meetings, with the first one taking place in Harrogate. 

Many thanks to Hempsons Solicitors for kindly hosting the meeting. 
ARC members' news 
We are very pleased to announce that our first ARC candidate
has successfully achieved the level 4 Diploma in Adult Care!

Read more about Selina Vernon, Assessor and Review Co-ordinator for ARC member, The Richardson Partnership for Care.

Did you know that ARC's Qualifications Centre can support your staff to achieve the Level 4 Diploma? For more information see here.
Hft Trustee Nigel Doggett is running a marathon to raise funds to support Hft. 
With the Marathon des Sables taking place in April 2016, Nigel is currently balancing training and fundraising to make the most of this incredible challenge. Find out more about what running this race entails and what motivated him to take on this gruelling event.
We are very proud to announce that ARC member Dimensions
has won the 3rd Sector Care Award for innovation and quality. 'Dimensions Activate is set to change the way providers support people with learning disabilities and autism.' Read more.
We want to hear from you!... 
As members of the ARC community we want to be able to share your stories with others - good news stories, events, good practice, tips, advice - let's get sharing! 
If you are an ARC member and have any news items you would like to feature in this newsletter, please email me at or telephone 01246 555 043.
In brief
And in other news
'Dawn Bell Consultancy Services - a story of business success'
Dawn is a young woman with a learning disability who runs her own business, with the help of the Community Housing and Support Network.  Dawn is a consultant and trainer and also offers 'speaking up' support to other disabled people.

She set up her business in September 2014 with the aim of helping disabled people have better lives by sharing her story with people and organisations. 

Read more here and download Dawn's summary annual report, full of her achievements from her first year in business!
New model of support for people with learning disabilities reduces behaviours that challenge by 60%.
Research conducted by service provider and ARC member Dimensions in association with the University of Kent’s Tizard Centre and the Challenging Behaviour Foundation, and funded by the NHS School for Social Care Research, shows a potential way forward for providers that support people with learning disabilities and autism. Read more.
'CQC are looking towards a positive future for social
for people with learning disabilities' -
Simon Cramp, fellow of t
he Centre for Welfare Reform and freelance writer, interviews Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector Adult Social Care. Read the exclusive interview here.
ARC training courses and events
We have been busily working away on our ARC training calendar for workshops available over the next few months -  download the calendar here to view the workshops currently open for bookings and see the ARC website for more details. PLEASE NOTE THAT SPACES ARE LIMITED ON ALL OF OUR COURSES AND DEMAND IS HIGH SO PLEASE BOOK NOW TO AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT!
*NEW* Care Certificate Workplace Assessment Workshop
Are your staff confident when it comes to workplace observations and assessments of the Care Certificate? We have developed a one-day course to equip your staff to handle them with ease. 
Due to high demand, we have added a workshop:
  • 15th March 2016 - Kent
We still have a few spaces left for the launch of the course:
  • 1st March 2016 - York
Our experienced trainers will cover in detail how to plan, carry out and record practical assessments, with practical examples and templates to take back to the workplace. For more details of what the workshop will cover please see the ARC website.

Introductory offer - for a limited time only!
Book now for the introductory price of: £78 (ARC Member) and £89 (Non-member)
We are planning  further courses over the coming months - to register your interest in a workshop for your area, please contact us.
Supporting Medication - Train the Trainer workshops
Safety, in particular medication handling, is a key concern for the CQC, with 10% of providers rating inadequate in these areas. Train your staff to deliver ARC's Supporting Medication workshop.  We currently have these dates across England: Due to high demand, we have added a new date:
11th April 2016 - Truro, Cornwall
£130 (ARC Member) and £149 (Non-member)
Mental Capacity Act / Deprivation of Liberty Safeguarding Workshops 
Are you and your team confident when it comes to Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards?

During last year's CQC ‘State of Care launch’, it was revealed: “Safety is our biggest concern – factors include staffing levels, understanding and reporting safeguarding concerns and poor medicines management.” Due to unprecedented high demand, we have added two new dates over the coming months. Cost: £78 (ARC Members) and £89 (Non-members)
Understanding Diversity Workshop 
An estimated 25% of all new entrants to Learning Disability Services are from ethnic minority backgrounds; this new one-day workshop raises awareness of dealing and understanding of these service users.
We currently have one workshop arranged. To express interest in a workshop in your area, please contact us Costs: £78 (ARC Members) and £89 (Non-members)
ARC England is very proud to be working alongside Course Beetle to be able to offer this innovative workshop, with a special discount available for ARC members and Real People subscribers
Course Beetle - Enabling Environments for Communication 
An inspiring range of techniques and ideas to help care providers to meet the needs of people who struggle to express themselves.
Dates: 23rd March 2016 or 5th May 2016, 9:30 - 4:00pm
Venue: Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre, Staffordshire, ST15 0NL

Cost (*discounts available for ARC members and Real People subscribers): 
£120 - full price I £95 - subscribers to the ARC ‘Real People’ Newsletter (just quote RP0116 on the booking form)  I £80 - ARC members. 
To book your place visit the Course Beetle website and select your discount option.
Reports, resources and reviews
Ann Craft Trust - Safeguarding Bulletin this edition features a review of ACT's Safer Lives conference, at which ARC's very own Rod Landman delivered a session on Mate Crime (see page 3 for summary of Rod's session). ARC's Mate Crime workshops are delivered by Rod and focus on a range of case studies, using small group work to lead to an organisational action plan. We are currently taking expressions of interest for this workshop so please contact us to register your interest.
NHS England have produced a Patient and Public Participation Policy, highlighting how  they plan to ensure a personalised service based on individuals' needs. You can download the Easy Read version of the policy here.
Dates for your diary
The National Autistic Society's Professional Conference
1st and 2nd March 2016, Telford International Centre
Conference theme - 'Exploring new concepts and approaches' 
For more information and to register your place see here.
Consultation: The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is seeking views on its plans for the next five years as it develops its approach to regulation.
Link to the consultation document 'Shaping the future'.
Respond to the consultation through the web form or by email 
This consultation is open until 14 March 2016.
Public Health England - Learning Disabilities Conference 2016: 15 March 2016, London. 'Using primary care data to plan better services for people with learning disabilities'.
For more information and to book your place see here.
Hempsons, leading health and social care lawyers
are running a FREE seminar for social care
providers on 16th March 2016.
The update will include: Data Protection and Security; CQC Inspections and Reports – when to action and when to challenge; Duty of Candour and Fundamental Standards of Care; Employment Law Update. This seminar will be of interest to all those involved in the management and running of social care providers. See here to register.
Job vacancies
ARC Membership includes free job listing on our website. We are currently advertising the following positions:- 
  • Autism Support and Care - Support Worker - Sutton-in Ashfield
  • Encompass - various positions available in Dorset
  • Frontier - Support Worker - Croydon
  • NCHA - Project Manager - Burton Latimer
  • NCHA – Care Assistants – Leicester 
  • Reach Learning Disability – Care Support Worker vacancies - Nottinghamshire
  • RLO - Service Managers - Montrose, Inverurie and Aberdeen posts
  • ROC – Waking Night Support Workers – Brimley 
  • ROC - Female Domiciliary Support Worker - Honiton
To view any of our members' current vacancies, please visit our Vacancy Listing Page
If you are an ARC member and would like us to advertise your job vacancies here and on our website, please email
We hope you enjoyed the latest edition of Real People. If you have a story you would like to promote or comment on, please get in touch with our team.
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