Welcome to Real People from Clive Parry, ARC England's new Director
Clive Parry, ARC England Director"I am thrilled to take up my post as the ARC England Director at a time when the day-to-day demands on providers reflect the extraordinary times we are living through.

We are only part-way through the week, but already we have seen a welcome shift on visits to care homes, the publication for the first time of guidance around visits of supported people to their families and loved ones outside registered care settings and confirmation that adults with a learning disability will be vaccinated during phase one of the Covid-19 vaccination programme.

I look forward to hearing directly from you about how the pandemic has affected your organisation, the people you support, their families and your staff teams but I am also keen to engage with providers on the issues that will determine what the world after Covid-19 looks like. Please do let me know about any pressing concerns."

Clive Parry, ARC England Director

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Social Care News
More support needed to address inequalities in care provision, says UKHCA
Extra support for operators is needed to help keep them afloat and address inequalities in care provision, said Jane Townson, the chief executive of the UK Homecare Association (UKHCA), during a panel debate at the Virtual Care Festival this week.
Read the full story at Laing Buisson Care Markets >

CQC care home inspectors to be tested weekly for COVID-19
CQC care home inspectors will be tested weekly for COVID-19 in the coming weeks following the DHSC’s decision to offer testing to key workers. The decision follows fears they could become ‘super-spreaders’ of COVID-19.
Read the full story at Care Home Professional > 

Will social care reform materialise, and will it be worth it if it does?
The long overdue social care green paper has been delayed further due to the outbreak of Covid-19, as has been implied by health and social care secretary Matt Hancock at a press conference. TLAP chair Clenton Farquharson and King’s Fund Simon Bottery share their views in Care Management Matters.
Read the full story at Care Management Matters >

People with learning disabilities ‘failed’ by broken healthcare system, says palliative care expert
Professor Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, the world’s first professor of palliative care for people with learning disabilities, said these figures highlight just how vulnerable people with learning disabilities are during the pandemic, and has called for urgent action.
Read the full story at Access and Mobility Professional >
Social Care Guidance and Resources

New Easy Read Guidance

COVID-19 vaccination e-learning programme – Health Education England
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked in partnership with Public Health England and NHS England and NHS Improvement to develop a COVID-19 Vaccination e-learning programme, designed to provide the health and care workforce involved in the national COVID-19 vaccination programme with the knowledge they need to confidently promote high uptake of the vaccine and deliver the vaccine programme effectively.
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Making Sense of Covid-19 - Family Experiences of Shielding
Two small social enterprises would love to hear from families who have been shielding a family member and from people with learning disabilities who have been shielding for their online project that will use simple creative techniques to gather and express stories of shielding.

This is going to be held on Zoom, starting in the New Year with Welcome Sessions on 13th January, with accessible sessions especially for people with learning disabilities.
Read more about the project >

Data Security and Protection Toolkit updated for care providers
Adult social care providers now have access to an updated tool to check if they are practising good data security and handling personal information correctly. The Data Security Protection Toolkit and accompanying guidance have been reviewed to make them more relevant, practical and easier for care providers to use.
Find out more and register for the Data Security Protection Toolkit >

NHSX Data Protection Officer webinars
Fortnightly webinars webinars on MS Teams covering key messages for several topics, including EU Exit preparations covered to some extent on each session.
Dates, times and joining links for the webinars scheduled for the rest of the year:
Wednesday, 9th December 3pm-4pm
Wednesday, 23rd December 11am-12pm
Teams link to join all webinars >

UCL STORM Groups Survey
The UCL Standing Up for Myself (STORM) programme, which aims to help people with learning disabilities manage and resist stigma, would like to invite people to complete their 15 minute survey for facilitators/supporters who run groups for people (aged 16+) with mild to moderate learning disabilities.
Take the UCL STORM Groups Survey >

BASW England and Autism Alliance: Homes not Hospitals webinar
The webinar will explore the importance and value of working in partnership with people and families to enable young people and adults to be discharged from Assessment and Treatment Units as quickly as possible with the right accommodation and support in place.
Book your place >

New Artificial Intelligence virtual hub
The NHS AI Lab has set up a new AI Virtual Hub and they are looking for social care providers to join. The hub is a space for collaboration and shared expertise. The idea is to accelerate the safe and effective adoption of AI in care and support the most promising technologies that meet the needs of patients and the workforce.
Find out more about the new NHS Artificial Intelligence virtual hub >

DNACPR: CQC request for help and information
In October, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) asked CQC to review how Do Not Attempt CPR or Do not resuscitate orders were used during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. They are now looking to hear from people who've had experience of a DNACPR order since March 2020. This is a funded opportunity with a deadline for submissions of 23:59 pm on Thursday 10th December 2020.
Read more on how to apply >

ARC England Training and Qualifications
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