ARC England update from Lisa Lenton

The clock is ticking; we are hurtling towards the end of June and questions are being asked regarding arrangements for continued funding from local authorities as it seems it's all gone (or remains) rather quiet. I know that the experience of our members has been somewhat of a postcode lottery, with some reporting great responses and support from the local authorities they commission with and others quite the opposite.

Last week we conducted a survey regarding continuance of financial support from Local Authorities and the impact if this support was withdrawn - our thanks go to those members who took the time to complete this.
Read more from Lisa about ARC's survey results >

ARC England logoBook now: ARC England Online Training Courses
We have converted our training courses and workshops to work effectively as online Zoom training sessions. We are pleased to announce:

The next ARC conference call is on 1st July, 2.30-3.30pm. We will also be running specialist network conference calls on Finance, starting 7th July at 11am and HR/Learning and Development, starting 21st July. Register to attend by emailing Liz Collins at

ARC England Member 2020/21 logoWant to stay up to date with all the developments? Want your voice to be heard? Join ARC England today!
Our members are learning disability and autism social care organisations. ARC England benefits include regular sector updates, member conference calls, and discounts on training, qualifications and Disclosure checks. If you aren't a member yet check out our membership benefits and join today.

#StarsInMemory – Connected by Care – United by Loss, June 30thMulticoloured stars
The Covid-19 pandemic has produced widespread personal loss and tragedy, with the Care sector often located at the centre of this. On June 30th we invite everyone who has experienced loss and bereavement in their lives to connect by making a star and placing it in their window or post on social media under the hashtag #StarsInMemory. 
Read full details about #StarsInMemory >

Loneliness fuels healthcare anxiety in learning disabled and autistic patients
Isolation is the main driver of feelings of anxiety among people with learning disabilities and/or autism, according to a survey carried out by Learning Disability Today. In the second part of their Change It Up campaign, they look at how to improve healthcare experiences for patients with learning disabilities and/or autism.
Read the full story at Learning Disability Today >

Real Nurses, Real Lives postcardPostcard project ‘celebrates uniqueness’ of learning disability nursing
A campaign is underway to “flood” social media with stories of real-life learning disability nurses and the difference they make to their patients’ lives on a daily basis.
Read about the project at the Nursing Times >

Social Care and COVID-19 Guidance and Resources

Risk Assessment Framework for adult social care employers
This guidance provides a framework for how you should assess and support the people who access your services and your workforce who may be at an increased risk from coronavirus. It covers:

  • the risk assessment process
  • having conversations with workers who are identified as being at increased risk
  • measures you could put in place, both across the workforce and for individuals
  • useful guidance and resources
Read the guidance in full at > 

Government changes to shielding guidance
Millions of people shielding from coronavirus (COVID-19) will be advised they can spend more time outside their homes from Monday 6 July, the Health and Social Care Secretary has announced.
Read the press release on changes to shielding at > 

Write to your MP and local councillors
WriteToThem makes it easy to write to the politicians who represent you – even if you don’t know who they are. 
Find your MP and local councillors >

Videos to support people with learning disabilities during Covid-19
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust have developed a set of 14 videos to support people with learning disabilities during the Covid-19 situation. The videos look at aspects of the virus including social distancing, anxiety issues and support for people with learning disabilities to plan their day and give ideas about activities to try at home. 
Watch the videos on YouTube >
Healthwatch Derby survey about people’s experiences of services during the pandemic
Healthwatch Derby have created a short anonymous survey to gather the people of Derbyshire’s experiences and choices of health and social care services during the Covid-19 pandemic. The results will be shared with providers and organisations within the health and social care sector to improve understanding, learning and development. Available to complete until September 2020.
Complete the survey >

Face Covering Exemption Pack
Cards to cut out and show if you have difficulty wearing a face covering. 
Download and view the Photosymbols cards >

Learning Disability England guide to Do Not Attempt Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) orders.
Download and view the pack > 

How to wear a mask correctly
Download and view the NHS University Hospitals Birmingham guide to wearing a mask >

Launch of Care Friends, the new employee referral app
Skills for Care have partnered with the recently launched employee referral app, Care Friends, aiming to improve recruitment and retention for social care employees by using recommendations from the sector's own workforce. Benefits include interview no-shows drop to just 1 in 10 and workers hired are 20% more likely to reach three months in post.
Read more about Skills for Care partnership with Care Friends >

Learning disability book extract

Staying socially connected in old age: "If I lose those friends as a whole, I wonder exactly what would happen to me"
In an extract from her book 'Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities to Have a Good Life as They Grow Older', Christine Towers shares how to best help people to stay connected.
Read the extract at Learning Disability Today >

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