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Final thoughts from ARC England Director Lisa Lenton

ARC England Director Lisa LentonAs you may be aware, as of today, Friday 28th August, I will be moving on from my role as the ARC England Director, after a rewarding 6 years. I would like to thank all our members for the support you have given me personally and ARC as an organisation over that time.

ARC was set up in 1982 on a mission to bring providers together to build quality in services for people with learning disabilities – the sector has evolved massively since then and I have had the pleasure of leading ARC over recent years. I am proud of the ARC ‘community’ we have built together and the support we have been able to offer to members.
Read Lisa's final blog in full >


Back to (virtual) school: Book your ARC England Online Training Courses this autumn

Social Care News

NHS Providers call for real change for people with a learning disability
A new report by NHS Providers, 'Getting it right for everyone: Meeting the needs of people with learning disability and autistic people in NHS services', has called on the health service and wider community to take immediate action to tackle stigma and the historic underfunding of services for people with a learning disability and autistic people.
Read more about the report at the National Health Executive website >


Funding announced to help patients return home from hospitals
The Government said a total of £588 million will be made available in order to provide six weeks of funded care and support for patients discharged from hospital. It is expected the fund will help cover the costs of adult social care or for any immediate care that is required in people’s homes.
Read the story in full >


NHS Monthly Data shows increase in learning disability in-patient numbers: CBF response
The Challenging Behaviour Foundation (CBF) has issued a response statement to the news from NHS Digital's monthly data on people with a learning disability and/and or autism in hospital. The data shows that the number of people with a learning disability and/or autism in inpatient units has increased to 2,100 and the number of restrictive interventions used in May increased by over 2,000 to 5,520.  
Read the CBF statement and the data >

Social Care Guidance and Resources

Flu vaccination posterFree flu vaccines for health and social care workers
Public Health England (PHE) have launched a campaign encouraging staff working across Health and Social Care to get their free flu vaccine. This year, with circulation of coronavirus, flu vaccination is more important than ever, with the largest ever flu vaccination programme being planned. The vaccine protects you, your family and those you care for from the flu.
Get free resources including flyers, posters and stickers to encourage your colleagues to get vaccinated at the PHE website >  


Hospital discharge service guidance
Guidance has been published on how health and care systems should support the safe and timely discharge of people who no longer need to stay in hospital.
Read the full guidance at Gov.uk >


Overview of adult social care guidance on coronavirus (COVID-19)
Information for adult social care providers on COVID-19 guidance and support has been brought together in one location.
Read the full adult social care overview at Gov.uk >


CQC engagement exercise: Market Oversight provider guidance
CQC would like to hear your views and feedback on changes they are proposing to make to their Market Oversight guidance. Since April 2015, they have had a statutory responsibility to monitor and assess the financial sustainability of those care organisations in England that local authorities would find difficult to replace should they fail and become unable to carry on delivering a service. Collectively, these providers represent around 30% of the adult social care market in England.
Visit the CQC website to share your feedback >


Challenging Behaviour Foundation updated Covid-19 resources
Practical information and Covid resources including:


Share your views: next steps for CQC Provider Collaboration Reviews
The first series of Provider Collaboration Reviews have focused on the interface between health and adult social care for the over-65 population group, as this group has been particularly affected by coronavirus. 

CQC's ambition is to look at provider collaboration in all Integrated Care Systems (ICS) and Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) areas. They are keen to hear your views on the areas and pathways of systems, and which different population groups future reviews could focus on. 
Share your views in this short CQC survey >


Baily Thomas funding for projects that address severe learning disabilities
Registered Charities can apply for grants to help children and adults with severe learning difficulties. The grants can be used to purchase capital equipment, support capital works as well as covering project and core costs such as staff costs, general running and office costs. The next deadline for applications seeking funding in excess of £10,000 is the 1st December 2020. Applications for £10,000 and below can be submitted at any time.
Find out more on the Baily Thomas website >


NICE: Decision making and mental capacity 
NICE has issued a quality standard which covers decision making in people aged 16 and over, using health and social care services, who may need help with making their own decisions. It is aligned with the aims and principles of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 and relevant Codes of Practice and should be used in conjunction with these.  
See full details of this quality standard on the NICE website >
Webinars: Virtual visits to social care centres of digital innovation
National Care Forum’s Hubble Project, funded by NHS Digital’s Digital Pathfinders Programme, helps care providers to understand the benefits of technology. It offers providers the chance to virtually visit ‘innovation hubs’ (via webinar) to learn how other care providers have introduced, used and evaluated digital technology to improve care.

The sessions cover a wide range of technology so that they will be of value to all care providers, regardless of where they are on the digital journey. Places are limited across the 30 sessions which run from September to early December.
Find out more and request your place >
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