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Welcome to Real People, ARC England's newsletter with the latest learning disability and adult social care news and resources.

ARC England have this week joined a coalition of the National Care Forum and 60 care organisations in calling on the government to take action on visits to care settings.

An open letter has been sent to Matt Hancock Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, and Helen Whately, Minister for Care, calling on the government to ensure that care homes are supported to enable visits by families and loved ones, now and in the future.

ARC England have joined the coalition because we believe in the fundamental human rights of people in any care setting and we want to work with our members to ensure that you feel enabled to offer visiting where practicable and appropriate, subject to individualised risk assessments for the people involved. We support better access to PPE, testing and funding from the Government to facilitate this. 

#BetterPay4SocialCare: Have you signed the petition? #BetterPay4SocialCare
We are proud to support our member Autism at Kingwood and their campaign calling for #BetterPay4SocialCare and raising the profile of pay for social care staff.

Help by signing this petition calling on Government to ensure better pay for social care workers across the UK
 https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/betterpay4socialcare

ARC England Training and Qualifications

Loss and bereavement, Active Support and plan ahead with new training course dates for 2021

To book your place or register your interest in any of our expert-led online training courses contact bookings@arcuk.org.uk or call 01246 555043.

Need a training course exclusively for your organisation? No problem - our expert trainers can deliver any of our courses online specifically for your organisation - contact bookings@arcuk.org.uk or call 01246 555043.
 

ARC Qualification Centre
Did you know that your ARC membership also entitles you to discounts on a range of professional accredited social care qualifications? Qualifications offered include:   Check out our range of accredited qualifications > 
Social Care News

ADASS call for social care winter funding
ADASS is calling on the Government to provide discrete winter funding for social care, to ensure that working-age disabled people and older people continue to get the care and support they need in their own homes, and to fund carers’ breaks so that we can protect unpaid family carers. 
Read the full ADASS press release >

Our adult son has a learning disability. How will he cope as coronavirus surges?
Families with vulnerable sons and daughters have been left adrift during the pandemic. They fear what will come next. 
Read the full article at The Guardian >

Friends and family legally entitled to visit loved ones in care homes, says judge
A leading judge has said friends and family are legally entitled to visit their loved ones in care homes after the government effectively banned routine visits in areas of high COVID infection.
Read the full story at Care Home Professional > 

Social care providers ‘disappointed’ as government rejects advisers’ calls to relax migration rules for sector
Priti Patel urges social care employers to invest in UK staff in turning down Migration Advisory Committee's call to make it easier to recruit staff from abroad
Read the full story at Care Home Professional >

Social Care Guidance and Resources

Challenging Behaviour Foundation Medication Pathway STOMP/STAMP resources
CBF are promoting the increased use of the CBF Medication Pathway by sending resources to professionals/ practitioners working with children, young people and adults with learning disabilities and family carers.   
The medication pathway packs contain: 

  • A printed copy of the medication pathway  
  • A #thinkSTOMP/STAMP prompt card to use every time you  have  contact  with a child, young person or adult with a learning disability and or autism, their family and professionals who are part of their care and support.   
  • A feedback form   

If you would like a copies of the STOMP/STAMP resource pack please email your postal address to charlotte.newman@thecbf.org.uk.  

Out of sight – who cares? CQC Restraint, segregation and seclusion review

CQC have released a new report which talks about the current state of the care system for children, young people and adults who have diverse needs that are subject to restrictive interventions, and who are cared for in a range of settings. The majority of people they saw had a learning disability or were autistic. 
Read the full CQC report >

Data protection and cyber security webinars – November 2020 – Digital Social Care
A series of webinars for care providers on cyber security including: training needs, protecting systems and devices, data security policies and procedures. 
Sign up for the Digital Social Care webinars > 

Digital Innovation Hubs: Hubble virtual visits – November 2020 - NCF
Be inspired by technology in action at NCF’s social care innovation hubs. The Hubble Project offers you the chance to virtually visit ‘innovation hubs’ (via webinar) to learn how other care providers have introduced, used and evaluated digital technology to improve care. The hubs are based in three care settings in England and showcase a range of technologies which include, electronic care planning, eMAR, acoustic monitoring, circadian lighting, sensor technology and telecare. 
Visit Digital Innovation Hubs >

Easy read guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person 
Access the guidance > 

Uber Eats social care staff discount
The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) has partnered with Uber Eats to provide discounts on food deliveries for social care staff during the coronavirus outbreak. The care worker needs to have an existing Uber Eats account, and then they can just join the CPA 10% DISCOUNT profile. 
More about how to get your Uber Eats social care staff discount >

Skills For Care launch deputy manager networks
Skills For Care's existing registered manager networks are extremely popular and so they are setting up a new network specifically for deputy managers, team leaders and assistant managers. Each network meeting will be virtual and up to 2 hours long. It will be facilitated by a Skills for Care Locality Manager and as well as networking will focus on themes including wellbeing and resilience, self-confidence and personal effectiveness. 
Find out more and register at the Skills For Care website > 

We hope you enjoyed the latest edition of Real People. If you have a story you would like to promote or comment on, please email us at realpeople@arcuk.org.uk.
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