ARC England update from Lisa Lenton
ARC England Director Lisa LentonA couple of weeks ago, I announced to our members I am leaving ARC at the end of August after 5 rewarding years as the ARC England Director. I sent out a personal email to say that I had planned to leave in May but, with the Covid crisis I couldn't leave our members and my team without direction and support - so I extended my notice period by 3 months. That time has gone by so fast and in a few weeks we'll be at the end of August and I'll be moving on to pastures new. 

Leading ARC England has been a privilege and a huge part of my life and I have met and worked with some wonderful people along the way. I can leave safe in the knowledge that the sense of belonging to the ARC 'community' has never been stronger - particularly in what has been the most testing of times lately.

We are now recruiting! We are looking for someone who has knowledge of the sector - someone motivated, forward thinking and that has high-level communication and influencing skills, strategic vision and the drive to deliver ARC's commitment to improve the lives of people with a learning disability and/or autism. Please see details on how you can apply for the position here. Closing date 3rd August, 4pm.

As I said in my communication to ARC members, I will always cheer ARC on from the sidelines and leave with a lot of pride in what my team and I have achieved. Sincere thanks to the ARC team, our board and our members. 

Best wishes

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Stay connected with ARC Member Conference Calls
Our first Finance and HR/Learning and Development Network Specialist call took place last week and you've told us that you found it really useful to connect with your peers. Many thanks to those of you who attended. The next specialist network call is Finance, 11am, 11th August. Register to attend by emailing Liz Collins at

Core Prospects logoA warm welcome to Core Prospects, our newest ARC England member 
Core Prospects, based in Harrow near London, provide recovery focused support for adults with diagnosed mental health needs. They offer tailored support packages and support service users with a variety of complex needs, specialising in supporting those with dual diagnosis (mental health and learning disability), Personality Disorder and Autistic Spectrum Disorder. 
Find out more about at the Core Prospects website >

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Social Care and COVID-19 Guidance and Resources
New PPE resources for care home and domiciliary care
Updated government guidance has been published about PPE use in care home and domiciliary care.  EU Settlement Scheme – guidance for care providers
Most EU citizens need to apply to the EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) to ensure they are able to continue to live, work and access funding and services in the UK after 30 June 2021. EU citizens are important to care providers both as staff and clients. The Care Provider Alliance (CPA) is calling on all social care organisations to ensure their staff and people who use their services are aware of the EUSS and how to apply.
The CPA has published guidance for adult social care providers on the EUSS.
This guidance includes a summary of the Scheme, links to useful resources and sources of support, plus tips on how to raise awareness with staff and service users.
CPA has also issued this press release about the guidance.

ARC England endorses CQC report: What a good inspection looks and feels like
CQC has come together with partners from across the adult social care sector including ARC England to set out key principles and a shared understanding so that everyone gets the most out of inspection. The new document addresses common misunderstandings and describes clear expectations to ensure effective joint working which will ultimately result in better care for people.
Visit CQC website to access the document and joint statement with partners >

DHSC Deprivation of Liberty Protection Safeguards update 
Read the full Liberty Protection Safeguards Implementation update >

Dysphagia Guide e-learning resource now live
Health Education England e-Learning for Healthcare has worked in partnership with hospitals, speech and language therapists and care industry experts to develop the Dysphagia Guide e-learning resource for those working with people living with dysphagia (difficulties chewing and/or swallowing food and drinks). 
More information about the e-learning resource including access details >

TLAP Webinar: Good practice in supporting direct payment recipients during the COVID-19 pandemic, 4th August, 11am-12pm
Discussion of the different approaches being taken by English councils to supporting direct payment recipients throughout the pandemic. This webinar will be of interest to anyone who works within the field of direct payment support. 
Book your place >

CQC COVID-19 insight report
CQC have published the third issue of their regular COVID-19 insight report, focusing on collaboration between providers.
Read the CQC COVID-19 insight report in full >

LGA COVID-19 Day Service Re-opening Webinar recording from 21 July 2020 
Watch the LGA webinar on YouTube >

CQC Annual Update on Safer Management of Controlled Drugs published 
The CQC Safer Management of Controlled Drugs update gives an overview of prescribing data and trends for controlled drugs across England, as well as information on key changes to legislation.
Read the full update on the CQC website > 

Survey on standard for sharing information - PRSB
The Professional Record Standards Body has been commissioned to develop a set of standards for the information that is shared between social care and health to support more connected services and increased personalisation of care and wellbeing. This survey covers hospital referral to Local Authority and urgent referral from care home to hospital.
Take part in the PRSB survey > 

Feedback sought on The Principles for Innovation in Health and Social Care report
The Citizen Lab project are seeking feedback on The Principles for Innovation in Health and Social Care report.
Share your thoughts via the survey > (email sign up to CQC Participation Platform required)
Adult Social Care News
Care leaders welcome PM’s promise of coronavirus inquiry
Social care leaders have welcomed Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s promise to hold an independent inquiry into the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Read the full story at Care Home Professional >

Skills for Care's ‘The Size and structure of the adult social care sector and workforce in England
The number of people working in adult social care across has increased again to 1.52 million according to a new report by Skills for Care. It also reveals that if the adult social care workforce grows proportional to the projected number of people aged 65 and over in the population, then the number of adult social care jobs would need to increase by 520,000 jobs to around 2.17 million jobs by 2035.
Download the SFC report here>

Social care workers urged to get flu vaccine in ‘biggest ever’ programme
The Department of Health and Social Care said providers will work to vaccinate more than 30 million people during the flu season, nearly double the number of people vaccinated in 2019/20. 
Read the article in Care Home Professional>

‘More nurses needed’ to address learning disability health inequalities
Greater recognition is needed of the part learning disability nurses can play in addressing health inequalities among vulnerable people and understanding early signs of health deterioration, to reduce the number of avoidable deaths, learning disability nurse consultant Jim Blair has said. 
Read the full story at the Nursing Times >

TLAP Covid-19 adult social care provision: Stories of Promise
Information and examples of emerging practice during the Coronavirus pandemic, showing how organisations, councils and communities are adapting with positive, responsive and creative approaches and solutions to providing care and support during the pandemic.
Read Stories of Promise at TLAP >

Funding provided after failures to meet Transforming Care targets
People with learning disabilities or autism will have their discharges from hospital accelerated with support from a £62m government grant.
Read the full story at Laing Buisson's website >

Hampshire County Council launches cobots in the care sector
Hampshire County Council Working with Japanese robotics developer, Cyberdyne, on trialling and launching HAL Lumbar type cobots to explore how cobots could help with the physical demands faced by stretched care sector staff. Already in use in Japan, cobots are worn around the lower back and actively support carers in moving objects or supporting people. 
Read the full story at MedTech News >
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