ARC England logoWelcome to this edition of Real People.

We are thrilled to be able to offer a new training course for service/registered managers which will help them to assess the competency of their staff in relation to administering medication.  ARC developed this programme in response to an enquiry from a member organisation and when we researched the topic, we could find no courses that provide managers with support with this crucial part of their role. The feedback from piloting the course was really positive and we think this is an important addition to our training course portfolio.

Articles of interest in this edition include an important piece about the mental health needs of people with a learning disability and some thoughts about the areas of the person's life where positive change is possible.

The piece about people with learning disabilities who come into contact with the Criminal Justice system will be timely if, like me, you were one of the millions who enjoyed the recent Line of Duty series - with all that we have learned in recent years, it can't be right that neurodiverse and learning disabled people are still not getting the support they need whenever they find themselves interacting with the law.

As always, you can access ARC England's schedule of forthcoming training courses - don't forget that these can often be adapted and developed to create bespoke training so if you would like to talk with us about the specific needs of your organisation, do get in touch at

I hope you enjoy this edition of Real People.

Clive Parry, ARC England Director

New! Who Assess the Assessors? Medication competency training
As well as our brand new ARC England Autistic Spectrum Disorder Training Programme (a few places remaining), we have also launched a new course which will ensure a high quality and consistent approach to the handling of medication across your organisation.

Who Assesses the Assessors? Medication Competency in Community and Residential Settings
14th July, 10am – 12.30pm
15th September, 10am – 12.30pm
10th November, 10am – 12.30pm

The course is taught by two of our expert trainers and is aimed at managers, supervisors and assessors, equipping them with the skills, knowledge and confidence to assess the competence of others.
Find out more and book your place >
Social Care News
Loneliness and sleep difficulties may increase risk of anxiety and depression in adults with a learning disability
New research, published in the Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, has found that loneliness, sleep difficulties, the regular use of mood stabilisers, and aggressive challenging behaviour may play a role in anxiety and depression among older adults with learning disabilities.
Read the full story at Learning Disability Today >

Institutions without exits: prison and learning disability
Much of the work on people with learning disabilities and the criminal justice system focuses on keeping them out of prison; on ensuring that their needs are met and they are equipped with appropriate adults in police custody and in court, and so on. But inevitably, a number do end up (rightly or wrongly) in prison. And indeed, they often come back to prison again.
Read the full blog post at Learning Disability Today >
Social Care Guidance and Resources
Cabinet Office Field team call for front line volunteers for PPE research
Following recommendations from the Public Accounts Committee on COVID-19: Government procurement and supply of Personal Protective Equipment, DHSC has commissioned the Cabinet Office Field Team to conduct exploratory interviews to better understand frontline workers' experiences of PPE throughout the pandemic, particularly amongst staff from different ethnic backgrounds. This is to ensure lessons are learned so the Department can better respond in a future emergency.
To volunteer contact

NICE launches five-year strategy
NICE (the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence) has launched its five-year strategy for 2021 - 2026. The strategy is based on four pillars showing how NICE will adapt to the changing health and care landscape, and be more dynamic and responsive. They say: “There will be an increased push for integrated guidelines that extend across the health, social care and public health interface.”
Read the full report at the NICE website >

Adult social care referrals have spiked since end of 2020, says incoming ADASS president
Three-quarters of directors report hikes in requests for social care help for people discharged from hospital since November 2020, said incoming ADASS Director Stephen Chandler in his inaugural speech.
Read the full article at Community Care >

Free webinar: Laing Buisson UK Healthcare Workforce & Recruitment Market Report launch
As the social care sector calls for proper parity of esteem and the NHS seeks to restore elective services, this Laing Buisson webinar is an exclusive look at their latest report and will focus on the key themes needed to help social care and the NHS meet unprecedented workforce challenges. 
9 June 2021, 2pm – 3:15pm
Register for your free webinar place > 
ARC England Training and Qualifications

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

Need a training course exclusively for your organisation? No problem - our expert trainers can deliver any of our courses online specifically for your organisation - contact or call 01246 555043.

ARC Qualification Centre
You don't need to be a member to access our qualifications centre but being an ARC England member also entitles you to discounts on a range of professional accredited social care qualifications.
Qualifications offered include:    Check out our range of accredited qualifications > 
We hope you enjoyed the latest edition of Real People. If you have a story you would like to promote or comment on, please email us at
Email Us
Email Us
Copyright © *2021* *The Association for Real Change Ltd*, All rights reserved. This publication is sent to you by ARC England, part of Association for Real Change (ARC) which is a national charity with offices also in Scotland and Northern Ireland. 

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences