21 January 2020
Who's footing the bill?

Christmas is now a distant memory and I wonder how many of us are sticking to those New Year’s resolutions? Those doing ‘dry’ January or ‘veganuary’ you are a whole 3 weeks in, and whether you are finding it hard to resist temptation or it’s a breeze, 2020 is certainly well under way.

So what do we know of the year before us? Well, Brexit – we are likely to see Royal Assent to the Withdrawal Bill soon – we will be leaving on 31 January and Mr Johnson and his team will then be facing the transition period to get all our ‘ducks in a row’ before the end of December this year – so certainly a busy time. I sincerely hope that doesn’t (continue to) deflect the focus that is needed on our ‘domestic policy’ shall we say.  Continue reading...

News and information
National Living Wage

The Government has announced the National Living Wage increases from April 2020 and although this increase is welcomed, there are concerns that Local Authorities will not have adequate government funding to cover the increase in staff cost in social care contracts, which is crucial to their survival.

In this article in Community Care, ADASS President, Julie Ogley, said, “If [the] government does not provide additional funding, then this will further destabilise already fragile care markets with a clear impact on those of us who need care and support.”
Hourly rates April      
National Living Wage 25+ Year Old     £8.21      £8.72
21-24 Year Old £7.70      £8.20
18-20 Year Old £6.15      £6.45
16-17 Year Old £4.35      £4.55
Apprentice Rate £3.90      £4.15
Accommodation Offset £7.55      £8.20

Read the Gov.UK press release here or the BBC article here.
Skills for Care Accolades 2020 Announced

Skills for Care have announced the finalists for their 17th Accolades Awards, celebrating excellence and innovation in workforce development across adult social care in England.

ARC England Director, Lisa Lenton, one of the judges for this year's Awards, will be attending the Awards ceremony on 22 January. She said, "The Accolades are a great way of celebrating the good and innovative work that goes on within adult social care, and shows the importance of the learning and development of the workforce. It's great to see that the entries were of a very high standards again this year."

The finalists can all be seen on Skills for Care's website here. Good luck!

CQC Connect podcasts

CQC have now launched their first podcast series and are looking for feedback to help them improve the service.   

You can listen to Episode 1 and give feedback to CQC by following this link (you will need to sign-in to access).

The podcasts can be found on SoundcloudSpotifyApple Podcasts.

How the law on authorising deprivation of liberty will change

Although the Liberty Protection Safeguards (LPS) Code of Practice is still being awaited, Tim Spencer-Lane has has updated his article in Community Care (15 January 2020) which looks at how the Liberty Protection Safeguards will differ from the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards. 
Trial Skills for Care's new support materials for the Care Certificate

Skills for Care have been working with the sector to develop additional resources to support the delivery and achievement of the Care Certificate across the specialisms of learning disability, dementia, mental health and lone working. They are looking for providers to test and feedback on the resources throughout the month of February 2020.

Find out more on the Skills for Care website.

In Brief 
Members' News
Specialist Care Provider Updates Brand for New Era

The Richardson Partnership for Care, a specialist provider of rehabilitation and residential care for adults with acquired brain injury or learning disabilities in Northampton, has launched a new brand and website. It will now be known as Richardson Care.
Laura Richardson-Cheater, Managing Partner, says: “We believe that social inclusion, community participation, dignity and respect, combined with tailored therapeutic input are key to enabling service users to fulfil their potential.”
She continues: “After celebrating our 30th anniversary last year, we felt the time was right to update our identity. We realised that over the years, ‘Richardson’ has become the name of our extended family and includes all of the service users and staff within the organisation. It is also a brand encompassing the values that we stand for: high quality care, professionalism and placing the service user at the centre of everything we do. It made sense to become ‘Richardson Care’ to take us forward in the future.”
Richardson Care remains a family business and is one of the few independently owned and run specialist care providers in the country. It continues to innovate in its approach to supporting adults with complex needs, delivering positive outcomes for the people in its care.  
For more information contact the Admissions and Referrals Team or visit
Tel: 01604 791266
Events and Training Workshops from ARC England

We are pleased to be able to bring you the opportunity to attend one of our four regional HR and Employment Law Update half-day sessions in association with BMcPrecept, HR & Employment Law Solutions.
We are delighted that Rob Tice, Director at BMcPrecept (and previously Head of Employment and HR team at Flint Bishop Solicitors), will again be delivering the sessions, giving you practical help on key issues faced within social care with the opportunity to ask questions. During the sessions Rob will cover the following:
  • Key things employers need to know about Employment Law.
  • Recent developments in Employment Law and upcoming changes.
  • How to manage employees who are absent from work/have a poor attendance record.
  • How to manage employees who are not performing at work.
  • How employers should prepare for the Good Work Plan.
  • The impact of the Mencap Supreme Court ruling (scheduled to be announced 12/13 February 2020).
The sessions are being held as follows: 
  • Harrogate: 3 March 2020
    10.30am-1pm (arrival from 10am)
    Venue: The Avalon Group, 6 Grove Park Court, Harrogate HG1 4DP

  • London: 6 March 2020
    10.30am-1pm (arrival from 10am)
    Venue: Choice Support, 100 Westminster Bridge, London SE1 7XA

  • Derby: 19 March 2020
    10.30am-1pm (arrival from 10am)
    Venue: Barron McCann Ltd, Meteor Centre, Mansfield Road, Derby DE21 4SY

  • Okehampton: 30 April 2020
    10am-12.30pm (arrival from 9.30am)
    Venue: The Ockment Centre, North Street, Okehampton EX20 1AR

Cost per person:  £30 (ARC Members)  |   £45 (Non-ARC Members) 

To take advantage of this opportunity please complete and return this booking form, noting the date/venue you wish to attend. *Please note that places are limited.
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Independent Advocacy 
Distance Learning
 Pack and Workbook

We are delighted to launch our new Independent Advocacy Level 2 Award Distance Learning Pack and accompanying Workbook.

The distance learning pack is ideal for anyone wanting to understand the basic principles of independent advocacy and its role, or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer advocate, you work alongside or use advocacy services, or if it is a part of your wider current role, for example, as a support worker, health and social care professional or social worker, and you want to learn and understand more.

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.

Learning outcomes:

  • Understand the principles of Independent Advocacy
  • Understand the role of the Independent Advocate
  • Understand communication methods used in Independent Advocacy
  • Understand equality, diversity and inclusion

Workbook Assessment:
We have developed a workbook for you to complete once you have worked through the distance learning materials, which you need to submit for formal assessment to your assessor. On its successful completion, you will have achieved your Level 2 Award in Independent Advocacy qualification and receive your City & Guilds accredited qualification and certificate.

For more information including costs, please contact: or call 01246 555043
The workshops below are available for booking now.
Just click on the date you are interested in for more details.

We also have a range of other workshops which may be of interest including, Introduction to Active Support, Positive Risk Management, Supporting Medication Train the Trainer, and more...
For further details of the workshops we offer see here 
or contact us
In-house workshops

Our workshops can be delivered in-house to groups of up to 15 staff.
Prices start from £625 (ARC Members) | £725 (non-members) plus the trainer's expenses.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements.
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