ARC England update from Lisa Lenton
This week I have been speaking to the government and the Department for Health and Social Care about developments on insurance and indemnity for social care providers. The government are working on what the COVID-19 pandemic means for insurers and providers, and input from our members on the topic has been very valuable in representing the needs of the sector. 

ARC Member Conference Calls
A big thank you this week to Matthew Wort from Anthony Collins Solicitors who joined our conference call to answer members' legal questions. He was able to bring clarity to questions about furlough, funding and the possibility of future litigation. The call then focussed on developments in social care testing and indemnity insurance. The ARC team and I will be taking these issues forward and we will report back to our members on any developments.

The next ARC conference call is on Wednesday 6th May 2.30-3.30pm. Email your questions to Liz Collins at

Membership Renewal
Many of you have successfully renewed your memberships for 2020-21 - thank you. If you haven't yet paid your renewal invoice, check your inbox for our renewal reminder. We will also be calling people this week. If you haven't yet received yours let us know. If you aren't a member check out our membership benefits and join today.

New: Uber Medic scheme offer 25% off journeys for care staff
All care staff can now get 25% off Uber trips in a scheme organised by the Care Provider Association, Uber and the government. Read full details about the Uber Medic scheme >

ARC Independent Advocacy workbook coverNew: Distance Learning: Level 2 Award Independent Advocacy
We are delighted to launch our new Independent Advocacy Level 2 Award Distance Learning Pack and accompanying Workbook. It is in an easy to follow format, including activities, scenarios and handouts, to help consolidate your knowledge and understanding whilst taking you through the learning outcomes of the award, with the support of your personally allocated assessor. 

The distance learning pack is ideal for anyone wanting to understand the basic principles of independent advocacy and its role. Email enquiries to
Full details about our distance learning Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy.
Coronavirus News image of young boy in hoodie next to graffiti wallHow are vulnerable learners coping amid coronavirus?
The disadvantage gap for vulnerable learners has never been starker than in this coronavirus crisis, finds Kate Parker. 
Read the full story at >

There’s been a surge in ‘unlawful’ attempts to not save disabled people from coronavirus
The number of learning disabled people subject to controversial Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) notices has surged to “unprecedented” levels. That’s according to one care provider, which has said many of these may well be “unlawful”. 
Read the full story at The Canary >

Carrying out Mental Health Act assessments by video: ethical considerations for AMHPs
AMHPs have always considered that assessments should be carried out face-to-face, but the coronavirus means we must consider how video interviews can be carried out appropriately, says Steve Chamberlain.
Read the full story at Community Care >

Flint Bishop Solicitors: Furlough and family-friendly pay
With effect from 25 April 2020, the Government has amended the Regulations relating to the following types of pay:

  • The Maternity Allowance;
  • Statutory Maternity Pay;
  • Statutory Paternity Pay, 
  • Statutory Adoption Pay,
  • Statutory Shared Parental Pay; and 
  • Statutory Parental Bereavement Pay (Normal Weekly Earnings etc.) (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.

The amended Regulations apply to those employees whose ‘relevant period’ for the purposes the above payments falls during a time that they are furloughed under the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The amendments confirm that the calculation of the above statutory pay must be made as if the employee was not on furlough and was instead receiving their full pay.

For example, if an employee is pregnant and her expected week of childbirth is 04 October 2020, her ‘relevant period’ for the purposes of calculating Statutory Maternity Pay would likely fall between April and June 2020 (depending on the employer’s pay cycles). If the employee was on furlough for all or part of this period, an employer must disregard this, and calculate her Statutory Maternity Pay based on her full pay during this period, and not her furlough pay.

The amendments also apply to Maternity Allowance. When calculating the average weekly amount of specified payments made to a woman for the purpose of determining entitlement to, and rate of payment of, a maternity allowance, full pay must be taken into consideration, rather than furlough pay. Full details of amendments at >

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Guidance and Resources

Digital Social Care Helpline
Run by social care providers for social care providers, Digital Social Care is a dedicated space to provide advice and support to the sector on technology and data protection, including CQC data collection and advice on digital services like video conferencing and NHSMail. The helpline is open 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday on 0208 133 3430 or by email on

HEE e-Learning for Healthcare
More resources have been added to Health Education England’s e-Learning for Healthcare COVID-19 e-learning programme.  To date it has been launched 835,338 times since it went live on 18 March 2020. There is now content for most professional groups in most settings and in response to feedback a dropdown box has been added so that resources can be selected by role.
HEE e-Learning for Healthcare >

HEE’s External Resources Directory
HEE’s Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) team has received offers of support from a range of organisations and commercial suppliers to support the workforce in addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The resources are considered to be complementary to the central provision of the education and training resources provided through the e-LfH Hub’s COVID-19 programme.  

HEE TEL’s content review group reviewed and collated the resources into a directory for the wider system to access.  It is recommended the resources are reviewed and quality assured locally before being used to ensure they meet the need they are being used to address.
HEE’s External Resources Directory >

NHS England COVID grab sheet for people with autism and/or learning disabilities
NHS England have just updated their guidance and now have a specific COVID grab sheet for people with autism and / or learning disabilities:

Together Matters: Emergency planning during the Coronavirus outbreak
Together Matters has written a guide with essential information to help family carers plan to get the support they need during the current crisis.
The guide has information and ideas for:

  • coping with staying at home
  • family carer/paid carer becoming ill
  • their relative becoming ill
  • their relative going to hospital

It’s designed for family carers to use with others, such as wider family, neighbours, friends, support organisations, carers’ centres or social workers who can give support with finding solutions and putting practical things in place.
Download the Together Matters Emergency Planning Guide here >

Twisting Ducks Theatre Company
Resources for people with learning disability Easy Read Shopping Online
Scottish Commission for Learning Disability Guided self-help booklets
For people with learning disabilities (feeling down, etc)
Purple All Stars questions and answers about coronavirus video
Learning Disabilities Professional Senate information for families of people with learning disabilities

Beyond Words website
A selection of free resources to support people through the coronavirus pandemic.


Will all survive the storm? Coronavirus and the fight for the rights of people with learning disabilities
Dawn Cavanagh, 30 April 2020
Mother Teresa once said, ‘Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being’s entitlement by virtue of his [her] humanity.’ Yet ever since COVID-19 reached the UK, it has seemed as if the rights of disabled people - and in particular those of people with a learning disability - have been at risk. 

Read the full blog at Learning Disability Today >

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