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Last week at home I laid turf – the final piece in a three year jigsaw to create a ‘garden’. Whilst I sweated and toiled in the heat it occurred to me in a flight of sunstroked whimsy that there were parallels with what had been happening at home to what had been happening at work, at ARC and in the sector. Read more...
Trust is built on telling the truth, not telling people what they want to hear.

ARC Events - The Care Act has landed!
ARC England are running a series of events to raise awareness of the implications of the Care Act amongst providers of support.

Also coming soon:  
30th June 2015: Transition Conference
Venue: Bristol - booking opens soon! 


Building ‘sustainable’ social care workforce must be priority, says new ADASS chief
Councils, social care leaders and politicians must step up efforts to address problems with social care staff pay and training that are impacting care, according to the new ADASS president, Ray James. Read More...

Further reading:

MPs “just don’t understand” learning disability
ARC member 
Dimensions have released a poll of 100 MPs which shows more than 60% do not believe that people with learning disabilities can be supported into paid and productive employment, an attitude which contrasts sharply with the views of experts. Read more...

Further reading:

Registered Managers' Network

ARC has recently been successful in being awarded a grant from the National Skills Academy to set up a regional Registered Managers' Network in Derbyshire. 

This is a part of a national programme, supported by the Department of Health, to help Registered Managers in their roles as lead professionals in care home and home care settings. It is run by the National Skills Academy for Social Care in conjunction with a range of partners from across the sector. Find out more here...

If you are based in Derbyshire and are interested in joining the network please contact Lisa Lenton (Learning and Development Manager)  Tel: 01246 541676

We would like to welcome the following new member to the ARC community!

Robert Owen Communities (ROC) 
have won the Herald Express Business Excellence Awards "Best Social Enterprise / Community Impact" category. "ROC wants to celebrate the 25th Anniversary year by being a beacon of excellence for supporting people with a learning disability; and to be recognised for it. To have this award is that recognition and we are absolutely delighted". 

Jane Payne, Service Manager at The Richardson Partnership for Care
is a finalist in the National Learning Disabilities and Autism Awards 2015, to be held Birmingham on 15 May. 
Jane was nominated for the Employer Award for her commitment to providing top quality care to people with learning disabilities by heading a group of specialist residential care homes in Northampton. 
On behalf of ARC, we would like to congratulate Jane on her success in becoming a finalist!
Could you represent ARC England?
We are looking for ARC members who would like to get involved in
social care meetings and briefings on behalf of the ARC community. This is a great opportunity to attend significant events and gain unique insights. We are looking for enthusiastic and passionate individuals who would be happy to provide feedback to be shared with members. Expenses can be paid if required.
If you are interested please email Esther at or telephone 01246 555 043 for more information.


ARC Member Offer!

25% off Law Advice with Flint Bishop Solicitors

for further details
Telling the human stories of a care system in crisis - The Care and Support Alliance are currently gathering information on how cuts to care budgets over the past few years, as well as the Care Act, are impacting peoples’ lives, and the stories of those who do not receive the care they need. See more here and submit your own stories by 22nd April 2015.
Hiking and Market Oversight - a blog by Andrea Sutcliffe, Chief Inspector of Adult Social Care at CQC. "The four day weekend was a perfect opportunity for me to escape London for the Lake District. Blessed with fine weather (once the fog lifted) we took to the hills hiking up Cat Bells on Saturday and then round Buttermere" read more...
'I'm my council's autism lead – but no one knows I'm on the spectrum' - blog by Poeticus Autisticus  "At times it feels like being a high-functioning but partly trussed turkey, destined for the oven but still able to raise a limb to vote for Christmas." Read more...
ARC Events - The Care Act has landed!
ARC England are running a series of events to raise awareness of the implications of the Care Act amongst providers of support.

21st April 2015: 'Pictures of cats... and other ways to health and wellbeing'
Venue: Chesterfield - booking open now!

14th May 2015: The Keys to the Door... meeting the housing needs of people with learning disabilities
Venue: Sheffield - booking open now!


Tuesday 28th April 2015
- Chesterfield - ARC Event - Care Certificate Awareness session. ARC England are running various awareness sessions on the incoming Care Certificate to help providers get to grips with the changes to the induction standards. For more information and to book your place see here.
Sunday 24th May 2015 - Consultation closes. CQC - How we regulate and inspect health and social care in prisons and young offender institutions, and health care in immigration removal centres. Find out more and have your say here.
Friday 29th May 2015 - Consultation closes. Department of Health - No Voice Unheard, No Rights Ignored -  DoH seeks views to strengthen rights of people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health issues to enable them to live independently. Find out more and have your say here.

What is the Care Act?

Skills for Care have created a really accessible and concise video outlining the key changes and content of the Care Act 2014, with a synopsis of how it will affect carers and those in need of support.

‘Get In On The Act’ – LGA guides to recent legislation
Guides summarising the impact of legislation on local government and the work of the LGA in influencing the legislation as it passed through Parliament. Read more...

monthly Trade Association meeting - Kate Allen, Chief Operating Officer at the Kingwood Trust, kindly attended the recent CQC meeting held on 8th April 2015. Read Kate's briefing here...

The Alzheimer's Society
have developed a Learning Disabilities and Dementia Factsheet explaining how dementia may be experienced by someone with a learning disability and gives some suggestions for how the person can be supported.

NHS England have produced a toolkit to support NHS commissioners to reduce poor experience of in-patient care by working collaboratively with patients, carers and NHS provider organisations to reduce poor experiences of in-patient care. 
NHS Confederation and Think Local Act Personal have developed a briefing on personal health budgets in mental health. The briefing paper '
Personal budgets in mental health - Key points on implementation' highlights innovative examples of where personal budgets are used in mental health. Read more...
Midway Care Group - recruiting in Birmingham and West Midlands


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