Welcome to Real People, ARC England's newsletter with the latest learning disability and adult social care news and resources.

Windward logoWe are please to introduce another new member this week - a warm ARC England welcome to our newest member Windward Day Services.

Windward Day Services provides interesting and meaningful opportunities to adults over the age of 16 who have a learning disability or autism, or both. They also provide services for people who have complex health care needs. They use their five centres in Hampshire and Dorset as a base for people to access their local community, doing ordinary things that have a purpose.

Windward have a brand new service born out of the coronavirus pandemic called Click. Providing an interactive online timetable, Click is able to reach people who are unable to access their usual activities and routines.

  Find out more about Windward Day Services on their website >
  Find out more about Click >

ARC England Training and Qualifications

New Mental Health in Learning Disability and MCA/DoLS online training courses!

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
Did you know that your ARC membership also entitles you to discounts on a range of professional accredited social care qualifications? Qualifications offered include:   Check out our range of accredited qualifications > 
Social Care News

Coronavirus restrictions have robbed disabled people of their independence
Saba Salman writes, "People like my sister, who is in a supported living community, are being left in limbo with few activities and little support". 
Read the full story at The Guardian >

MPs raise concerns over mental and physical wellbeing of care staff
Additional pressure during the pandemic has led to workforce fatigue and ‘burnout’, impacting on the mental and physical wellbeing of NHS and care staff, a report by MPs has concluded.
Read the full story at Care Markets >

Social Care Guidance and Resources

DHSC Testing Webinars
DHSC are offering a series of live and recorded webinars for a range of care settings. 

Care staff can claim immigration health surcharge reimbursement
Tens of thousands of international health and care staff not covered by the health and care visa launched in August, but who have worked in the NHS or care sector since 31 March 2020, are now exempt from the immigration health surcharge (IHS) and will no longer have to pay to use NHS services. Overseas NHS and care workers are now able to claim their reimbursement from the surcharge.

CQC transitional regulatory approach rolled out for adult social care
CQC Chief Inspectors and Deputy Chief Inspector have issued a joint statement setting out how they will regulate during the next phase of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. From 6 October, the transitional regulatory approach is flexible and builds on learning from the height of the pandemic.
Read the CQC joint statement >

NHSX iPads for care homes offer
NHSX are offering iPads to help care homes provide care to residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. The iPads will allow staff in care homes to hold video consultations with health and care professionals, use NHSmail (a secure NHS internal email service) and connect care home residents with loved ones remotely.

Challenging Behaviour Foundation Quick Read Guide to Challenging Behaviour
The CBF have produced a Quick Read Guide to Challenging Behaviour for families. 
Read the guide >
The CBF also have some useful information about guidance and ideas for family contact in their summer newsletter. 
Read the CBF summer newsletter here >

Down's Syndrome Association emotional wellbeing resources launched
Following a 40% rise in calls to its helpline, the Down’s Syndrome Association have launched new resources to help look after the emotional well-being of people who have Down’s syndrome, and which are also applicable for anyone with a learning disability.
Access Down's Syndrome Association emotional wellbeing resources >

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