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ARC England update
Hello, 

During this busy time we continue to focus on bringing you the latest COVID-19 advice and guidance for the social care learning disability and autism sector. Please continue to share anything that you have found helpful and we will pass it on to our members. 

ARC Member Conference Calls
Our weekly conference call with members was again a useful forum for sharing and discussing key matters, including PPE, furloughing and shielding. ARC Director Lisa Lenton and the ARC team will be taking these issues forward and we will report back on any developments as and when they happen.

Look out for your invitation to the next ARC conference call on Wednesday 15th April 2.30-3.30pm.

Membership Renewal
Renewal reminder emails went out last week. If you haven't yet received yours let us know. If you are not yet a member check out our membership benefits and join today.

Below is a list of resources; it's been another fast-moving week so we want to make sure that we share all the latest relevant information and guidance. 
 
COVID-19 Information and Resources

Guidance for care providers
Admission and care of people in care homes – 2 April 2020 – GOV.UK>
Government guidance for care homes, local health protection teams, local authorities, clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) and registered providers.
CQC blog about their approach to protecting people sectioned under the Mental Health Act during COVID-19
  
Guidance and resources for charities, voluntary organisations and volunteers
NCVO’s Knowhow section on coronavirus contains information to help charities decide what steps they need to take.
NCVO have published new guidance for people who want to help out during the pandemic. It includes which organisations to approach and tips on staying safe when supporting others.
 
Infection prevention and control

Workforce

Communication
COVID-19 Media background briefing – CPA >
This CPA background briefing is for journalists but could be useful for any social care organisation when communicating with the media.
 
Supplies

Regulation and Legislation

In Case You Missed It...
Lisa Lenton's blog: Spare more than a thought for our care workforce on the Department of Health and Social Care Website.
Social Care News

Cash support for food redistribution during coronavirus outbreak
 The Government has announced a £3 million fund for organisations redistributing safe surplus food to those who need it during the coronavirus outbreak.

Read the full story on Gov.uk >

CPA Survey Results – Contingency Planning in response to Covid-19
223 care providers took part in the survey which ran from 17 – 26 March. 
Key findings include:

  • Low confidence in managing workforce issues in worst-case scenario
  • High levels of concern in relation to PPE shortages
  • High levels of concern about cash flow including payroll, increasing price of PPE, plus real concern about threat of insolvencies and business failures
  • Key pressure in next 12 months seen as recruitment and retention, and finances
  • In terms of supporting service users, most are maintaining normal routines, are not yet affected by COVID19, or have increased in-house activities
A summary of findings has been published on the CPA website > 

Pathways YouTube channelDaily accessible coronavirus video updates
Accessible, accurate and up-to-date information about COVID-19 from the NWTDT/Pathways team. 
Pathways YouTube Channel >

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