Welcome to Real People, ARC England's newsletter with the latest learning disability and adult social care news and resources.

My Step Up logoThis week we're proud to introduce our latest member My Step Up, a care farm for adults with learning difficulties and other challenges. They offer fun, outdoor animal-based activities to encourage clients to be physically and mentally active. Their goals are to increase sociability, resilience and work towards independence.

To find out more about My Step Up, please visit or watch founder Tony Mills receive a BBC Northwest Tonight Ray of Sunshine Award.

Let's get social care workers paid at least the National Living Wage - please sign and share the petition.
Providers - sign the petition and get your logo on the #BetterPay4SocialCare website! Contact

Extra dates available for Mental Health in Learning Disability and MCA/DoLS for Managers

Social Care News
Government ditches controversial role for care home managers under Liberty Protection Safeguards
The Government's decision removes the role for care home managers to arrange assessments and gather information that would inform decisions to deprive people of liberty in care homes.
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DHSC opens consultation on stopping movement of staff between care settings
The Government has opened a consultation on regulations that would mean residential and nursing care home providers in England must restrict the movement of staff providing personal care or nursing care in their services. The consultation closes at 12pm, 23rd November. 
Share your views >

ARC member Mayday Trust promotes change with launch of New System Alliance
The New System Alliance launches on 1st December with a series of online events to bring together those who feel there is something wrong with the current systems for people experiencing tough times, whether coming from a place of direct experience or working in services, funding and commissioning.
Sign up for New System Alliance online sessions > 
Social Care Guidance and Resources

Family Voices: Report on family carers during the pandemic
Learning Disability England in partnership with Together Matters has written a paper pulling together comments, thoughts and ideas from family carers whose relative is living at home with them or in the local community. 'Family Voices' includes suggestions for moving on from the pandemic and makes a case for changes in the way social care is delivered. 
Read Family Voices >

CQC: COVID-19 Insight: Issue 5
CQC's latest report looks at learning about good practice in infection prevention and control and presents key findings from a survey on the experience of inpatients who were discharged from hospital from April to May 2020, including CQC data on the numbers of deaths of people with a learning disability.
Read the CQC report in full >

NHS Wales End of shift self-debrief video
Useful video for health and social care workers about how an end of shift debrief can aid wellbeing and help to process emotions.
Watch the End of shift self-debrief video >

Care home guidance for faster medication orders
Local Government Association and NHS England have published a new step-by-step guide for care homes about a faster, safer way to order medicines for care home residents by ordering via the GP online services account for proxy access.

Read the guide to ordering medication using proxy access >

Skills For Care: New wellbeing webinars
- Wellbeing for managers

This recorded webinar includes practical support to help registered managers look after themselves in order to help them look after others.
View the webinar now >

- Leading for wellbeing
This recorded webinar focuses on leading for wellbeing, with practical support and ideas to support teams with wellbeing.
View the webinar now >

Skills For Care: Updated regional and local level workforce data
The adult social care workforce data at a regional and local level has been updated with the latest 2019/20 information.

Regional workforce data > 
Local authority area workforce data >

Uber discounts on rides and food
Care workers can now benefit from 25% on Uber Medic trips (or 50% if paid by Mastercard), as well as a range of discounts on Uber Eats. This is an addition to the offer announced at the end of October. The discounts are available until 31 December 2020.
Access Uber discounts >

Learning Disability Today London 2020
Learning Disability Today are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a series of virtual events, including:

  • Panel Debate: Challenges for Learning Disability Services and Support During the COVID 19 Pandemic, Tuesday 24th November, 11am to 12.30pm
  • Supporting People with Intellectual Disabilities to Keep Busy, Connect and Learn, Wednesday 25th November, 2pm 
  • Sex and Relationships Education for Young People and Adults with Intellectual Disabilities and Autism, Monday 30th November, 4pm

Book your place at Learning Disability Today 2020 >

SARSAS join 16 days of activism for an end to violence against women and girls worldwide
Women and girls with learning disabilities and or autism can be up to four times more likely to experience sexual violence (Behind Closed Doors, 2001).
SARSAS (Somerset and Avon Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Service) are running live events as part of the UN's 16 days of activism against women and girls
ARC England Training and Qualifications

Extra dates available for Mental Health in Learning Disability and MCA/DoLS for Managers

To book your place or register your interest in any of our expert-led online training courses contact or call 01246 555043.

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ARC Qualification Centre
Did you know that your ARC membership also entitles you to discounts on a range of professional accredited social care qualifications? Qualifications offered include:   Check out our range of accredited qualifications > 
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