Workforce update for 
 services that support people 
 with a learning disability 
 and/or autistic people 

Welcome to this workforce development update for adult social care services that support people with a learning disability and/or autistic people.

It shares the latest news, resources, events and funding opportunities from Skills for Care and partners, and you can find previous newsletters here.
 News from Skills for Care 

The Oliver McGowen Mandatory Training in Learning Disability and Autism  
The trial and evaluation partners have begun the work of developing the training to trial. More information can be found on the Skills for Care website.

You can also read further information on HEE website.

Individual service fund workforce guide - NEW PUBLICATION  
An Individual Service Fund (ISF) is one way of managing a personal budget, where someone who needs care and support chooses an organisation to manage the budget on their behalf.

If you’re considering being involved in ISF’s download our guide to find out more information.

New Care Certificate support resources available  
These resources are designed to support workers entering the workforce to develop the range of specialist knowledge and skills in Learning Disability services; also available are resource for Mental Health, Dementia and Lone Working roles.

Access the resources.

Supporting people with learning disabilities to have meaningful personal relationships  
Skills for Care has a guide for employers about how they can develop their staff to support people with learning disabilities to have meaningful personal relationships.

⇨ Download the guide

Improving the uptake of Annual Health Checks for people with learning disabilities  
Funded by Health Education England (HEE South), Skills for Care have been working with The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi), Learning Disability England (LDE) and Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG) to find out what the uptake of Annual Health Checks (AHC) is across the south region, and if any particular groups of people are having difficulties in getting their check.

The project has pulled together a large number of resources to help people to find out about and be supported to access AHCs.
You can also watch a webinar about the project

We are planning further webinars about the project which will help people in each of our regions. Please check our website to book your place.
 News from the sector  

Love Carefully, sexual safety for adults with a learning disability - Lessons from Canada and the USA
Sue Sharples has used a Winston Churchill Memorial Fund grant to travel to the USA and Canada to help us all to learn their lessons around preventing abuse and promoting sexual health for people with learning disabilities.

Sue’s research had found that people with a learning disability in England are four times more likely to be sexually abused than other citizens.

⇨ Read the Love Carefully easy read guide
The Challenging behaviour Foundation 
The CBF is continuing to produce and update a number of new resources which can be found on their Covid-19 Information and Resources Page.

Updated CBF Covid-19 Resources
New Resources include practical information on a range of topics including:
The Scottish Learning Disability Observatory 
The Scottish Learning Disabilities Observatory has published two new studies looking at causes and rates of premature mortality amongst people with learning disabilities. Key findings from this research include:
  • Death in childhood 12 times higher for people with learning disabilities
  • Girls and young women with learning disabilities are at higher risk than males
  • Adults with learning disabilities are twice as likely to die from preventable illness
  • Common causes of death include preventable respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia and treatable conditions such as epilepsy. This is part of a developing body of work around life expectancy and mortality for people with learning disabilities; you can find further information about this work, including briefings and easy read format, at the SLDO website.
⇨ Find out more

Free Webinar: The Kings Fund – Personalising digital tools for people with learning disabilities challenges and solutions  
Supporting individuals with learning disabilities to access appropriate support to meet their needs comes with a number of challenges. But could we finally put the people using services at the heart of planning and delivery with the use of technology?

On 8th October The Kings Fund are running a free online event which will discuss concrete examples of innovative digital solutions and consider how technology can help with personalising care for people with learning disabilities.

At this event, we will hear from clinicians, service users, carers and support workers about their journey to make technology a tool that works for every single user.

Healthy Surfers is a useful resource to help you surf the internet safely for information about your health to help you live a healthy life. The DVD and training resources talk about (computer) viruses, pop-ups and what to think about to make sure you use the internet safely when looking up things or sending emails.

This project is helping lots of people to become Healthy Surfers and feel more confident at using sites that promote healthy living.

Watch the video, it explains how you can do this for yourself, with your organisation or your family.

Getting it right for everyone: Meeting the needs of people with a learning disability and autistic people in NHS services  
The COVID-19 pandemic has brought into sharper focus the longstanding structural inequities people with a learning disability and autistic people, and the services they rely on, have faced over many years.

Based on interviews with the leaders of seven trusts in the NHS providing good and outstanding learning disabilities and autism services prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, and broader ongoing engagement with trust leaders since, this briefing seeks to:
  • share examples of high-quality care across the NHS
  • explore the challenges that are most impacting the sector’s ability to provide the right level and nature of support for people consistently
  • set out where we might go next to address key, structural issues in the co-development, commissioning and resourcing of learning disability and autism services to ensure that the tailored care needs of every patient and service user are met.
⇨ Find out more

Annual Flu vaccination  
As we enter the flu season the campaign to promote the uptake of flu vaccinations for the social care workforce and people who use services is beginning. The official flu letter has now published; people with a learning disability are specifically mentioned in the appendix of groups of people who are at clinically higher risk.

⇨ Find out more

⇨ Easy Read supporting document

⇨ Additional supporting resources

PHE guidance is that the nasal spray can be used as a reasonable adjustment for people with a severe needle phobia.

⇨ Find out more
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