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Travelling down to Nottingham to facilitate a Roundtable discussion about commissioning in light of the Care Act 2014, has given me the opportunity to reflect on my first few weeks at ARC.

Reading through the relevant chapter of the Care Act Guidance document, I am aware that this will be high on our delegates’ agendas and it’s going to be an interesting evening.

I’ve learned a lot in the last few weeks. Having spent much of my career managing membership, supporting service users, and read more...

"A movement only exists when people are inspired to move, to do something, to take up the cause as their own."
Employment Appeals Tribunal and Holiday Pay
There is currently a huge media storm over the ruling in relation to the calculation of holiday pay that was given recently by the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT).
Read more and gain practical tips on how to deal with this from Flint Bishop Employment Law and HR Services... 

Further reading
The David Wandless Training Bursary Fund

A £5,000 pot of funding is available courtesy of Real Life Options, named the David Wandlass Training Bursary, after RLO's founder, for the purposes of training and development - for the good of the people you support.

The bursary is to help you to gain knowledge and develop skills for the benefit of others, your profession and community.

For more information and to download an application form, see here...
* Please note that to be eligible for this funding you must have paid your ARC membership for 2014/15
BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities)
Reduction in Learning Disability nurses is putting lives at risk 

A shortage of specialist nurses trained to care for people with learning disabilities is putting the lives of thousands of vulnerable people at risk, Mencap warned this week. Read more...
National Audit Office - Planning for the Better Care Fund
The Better Care Fund is an innovative idea but the quality of early preparation and planning did not match the scale of the ambition. Current plans forecast £314m of savings for the NHS rather than the £1 billion in early planning assumptions.
Download the full report here
You can read the Executive Summary here
You can read the press release here
Nine-fold hike in Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards caseloads confirmed by official figures
Government statistics confirm findings of Community Care investigation into impact of Supreme Court ruling on Dols case numbers. Read more here...
Health and Social Care: News items
"There's always something to fight for" - As National Care Leavers' Week draws to a close, Kyle Simmons speaks about his "mediocre" time in care and how he wants to help improve the service for others. Kyle believes that the way to improve the lot of looked-after children and care leavers is for those who have been in the system to work in the system, highlighting what is necessary and acting on it. Read more here...
Zoe Wilson, a student learning disability nurse, blogs about the challenges and daily struggles facing learning disability nursing students.

"Although I have enjoyed every aspect of my first year in training as a learning disability (LD) nurse and feel that I have gained a lot of professional and personal growth..." Read more
‘'My son’s social care support shows me another side to the system I work in’'
Steve Palmer from the Social Care Institute for Excellence gives an insight into his personal experience of social care. Read more here...
People First England - our plan is to build People First England as quickly as we can, but to make sure we really work hard at gettin.g the real voices of people with a learning disability heard.
You can also sponsor People First England and make the voice of people with learning disabilities stronger
Sponsorship letter easyread 
Sponsorship letter 
'‘It may never be possible to remove the scaffolding entirely’'
"All of us need supporting from time to time. For vulnerable young people, support in the form of practical help, time and understanding has to be there when they need it..."
Adopter Sally Donovan finds herself putting up the metaphorical scaffolding as scaffolders put it up around her home. Read more here...


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Thursday 27th November 2014 - Liverpool - Skills for Care Roadshows: Implementing the new Care Certificate (replacing Common Induction Standards from April 2015) and more....
Friday 28th November 2014 (closes) - Chesterfield and North East Derbyshire Locality Plan.
Public Health Small Grants Scheme. Small grants to help support local groups and communities to improve the health and wellbeing of local residents. 
11th December 2014 to 27th January 2015 -  Various dates - Association for Real Change - Concerned about recent developments in Employment Law? Employment Law updates throughout England! For more information and to book a place on one of these dates, please see here...
Tuesday 2nd December 2014, London - Community Care Conference - Safeguarding Adults in care homes and hospitals. To download more information and book your place here.
Tuesday 2nd December and Wednesday 10th December 2014 - ARC Supporting Medication Train the Trainer courses - A one-day course aimed at people who are already competent trainers and would like to deliver ‘Supporting Medication’ to their staff. Book your place here...
Friday 12th December, 11:30pm (closes) - Consultation: Adult Social Work - Knowledge and Skills. The Department of Health seeks views on a draft statement explaining what adult social workers need to know after their first year in employment. To read more and download the consultation documents, see here...
Wednesday 23rd December 2014 (closes) - Consultation: Independent Living Fund (ILF):  Llywodraeth Cymru - Welsh Government: Seeks views on future arrangements to support recipients of ILF in Wales.
5th - 19th January 2015  Active Support Seminars Association for Real Change - a series of introductory presentations outlining how Active Support can enable staff to better support people with learning disabilities to be more engaged and included in everyday activities. Read more...
28th January 2015 - London - Central Conference Consultants LTD - Domestic abuse and learning disabilities: addressing intimate partner abuse. Download details and book your place here...
Tuesday 24th February 2015 - Communicating with People with Learning Disabilities - a British Institute of Learning Disabilities CPD Learning and Development Day. Download details and book a place here...
Early 2015 - National Audit Office: Works in Progress Implementation of Care Act First Stage Reforms
Watch this space! Association for Real Change will be running a series of events in 2015 to raise awareness of the implications of the Care Act amongst ARC England members
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation
An expert working group has come together to consider the available evidence and data on children with learning disabilities and behaviour described as challenging. The resulting paper contains data about the number of children and young people with a learning disability who display behaviour described as challenging in England. 
Download the documents here:
Briefing paper 
Data supplement 
Methodology for Estimate of no of children 
Bringing Us Together - One Page Profiles - a One Page Profile is a summary of who your child is and how best to support them. They can be used in education, health and care.
For help with writing the first section of your profile, looking at the gifts and strengths of the child or young person, see here...
For help with writing the second section, looking at what is important to the child, see here...
Skills for Care - The Social Care Commitment Skills for Care have produced an interactive graphic to help show how the Social Care Commitment can support you to meet other standards and requirements across adult social care. 
To download a pdf version of the infographic, click here...
Deprivation of Liberties Safeguards - monthly statistics
The number of DoL application requests made, and of these, the number of requests granted and not granted. See here for the quarter 2 return from the Health and Social Care Information Centre
Accessible Britain Challenge: creating inclusive communities for disabled people
Department for Work and Pensions and the Office for Disability Issues - have produced comprehensive information on what organisations and individuals can do to help disabled people become full and active participants in their community.
Toolkits on creating inclusive communities
Good practice examples
Working with Commissioners - building relationships
SEND reforms - what children and young people need to know
Produced by CDC in partnership with the Department for Education this series of fact sheets, films and posters are designed to help children and young people understand some of the key themes of the new reforms.
Find out more about the special educational needs and disability reforms. You can view or download leaflets, posters and short films
SCOPE - About Disability - Tips
Handy practical ideas on everything from travel to technology - all contributed by disabled people, parents, carers and professionals.
Department of Health Policy Paper - Carers strategy: actions for 2014 to 2016
Explains the progress on supporting carers since 2010 and explains the main actions for the next 2 years. Download the document here...
Green Light Toolkit 2013 & Reasonably Adjusted? Mental Health Services and Support for People with Autism and People with Learning Disabilities
This project was commissioned by the NHS Confederation, supported by the Department of Health and is in two parts.
The King's Fund - Commissioning and contracting for integrated care Commissioners have been given greater scope to think differently and to experiment with alternative approaches to commissioning and contracting as a way of driving integrated care.
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