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 and events from Skills for Care and partners, and you can find previous newsletters here.
 News from Skills for Care 

Choosing and using everyday technology to support people

Skills for Care have a new ongoing learning and development page to support people using everyday technology. It has some short introductory information videos covering a range of topics (listed below) and from May 2021 we’ll have longer more interactive workshop webinars on each one.

Topic areas:
  • Safety
  • Accessibility 
  • Hardware, software and practical technology 
  • Creating good video 'spaces’ 
  • Supporting mental and physical health
The workshop webinars will explore how social care staff can support autistic people and people with a learning disability to make choices about using technology to stay connected and contribute to their communities when social distancing restrictions are in place.
  • Thursday 13 May - Using everyday technology: What are the benefits/barriers and what people have found helpful with Charlie Crabtree from Keyring.
  • Thursday 27 May - Supporting mental and physical health with Matthew Campbell from United response and David Mahon from the foundation for people with a learning disability.
  • Thursday 10 June - Accessibility: Making sure people with sensory differences or impairments are included and have equal access and how to help people use accessible information with Andrea and Chewy from Ace Anglia.
  • Thursday 24 June - Co-production and self-advocacy with Marie Lovell from Skills for Care.
  • Thursday 8 July - Hardware, software and practical technology: Connectivity/actual tech/sound feedback with Amy and Shaun from Your Voice Counts.
  • Thursday 22 July - Safety: How to positively work out what will be useful to you and how to manage the potential risks of being online and using team viewer to help with safety with Amy and Matthew
  • Thursday 5 August - Catch up with attendees: For attendees to share what they have tried; what worked, what didn't what's been learned.
⇨ Book here
Visit the website to find out more and view the introductory videos

An example of using everyday tech - Roy and Stephen; cooking with a tablet! (or mobile phone)
Roy used to get support to bulk cook his meals for the week but due to COVID-19 this had to change to video call and messenger; sharing how to peel and chop vegetables, preparing the slow cooker and adding items to it, monitoring the slow cooker whilst the food was cooking, serving it and separating into portions using containers and washing up.

Roy says “Though cooking bulk meals may be time consuming I really enjoyed having the opportunity to learn. Seeing the final result’s makes me feel happy because I know I can do it with some support. By doing it myself I’ve learnt and developed new skills which also makes me happy which has benefited my health in general, especially my mental health. Here’s some of the meals I’ve made – Vegetable Lasagne, Beef Stew and Vegetable Chilli.”

Roy is now helping other people learn these skills. For Cloverleaf who provided his support, the new way of working meant staff had to learn how to use video calling and screen sharing, how to put the recipes Roy chose into easy read and how to help him do an online shop for the ingredients.
 New Resources 

Tailoring the Care Certificate
Tailoring the Care Certificate: Supporting autistic people and Tailoring the Care Certificate: Services for people living with a learning disability are part of a suite of resources developed to support workers achieve the minimum standards of the Care Certificate, in job roles where more specialist skills are needed. They can be used for workers who are new to care, or for workers who are moving from one area of care into a more specialised service.

The resources can be used in different ways; by learners, trainers and assessors to enhance current Care Certificate learning and development.

The other resources in the ‘Tailoring the Care Certificate’ range are:
  • services for people living with dementia
  • services for people with mental health conditions
  • supporting people at the end of their life – NEW
  • lone workers.
⇨ Find out more and access the Tailoring the Care Certificate resources

Supporting individuals with face coverings and other COVID-19 related challenges
Skills for Care in partnership with East Sussex County Council (ESCC), Adult Social Care Training Team have finalised a guide which sets out how to support people with learning disabilities and autistic people with some of the current COVID-19 challenges.

Some of these challenges could be wearing face coverings, sanitising hands, maintaining social distancing and supporting people getting used to new ways of doing things.

These practical guidelines, resources and trainer pack aim to help staff, support teams and family members support people to adapt their behaviour without increasing anxiety for themselves or the person they’re caring for.

⇨ Find out more and view the resources

How personal workforce budgets can make a difference to someone’s life – watch Paul’s story
The PBS and autism training fund in 2016-17 was used to explore the use of personal workforce budgets to train and develop the workforce to better support people with learning disabilities and/or autistic people, who display or at risk of displaying behaviours which challenge.

It was funded by the ‘positive and safe programme’ to contribute to the aims of the Transforming Care programme.

An evaluation showed how effective these can be and four years later we visited Paul so he, his mum and his staff could tell us how this has worked out for him.

⇨ Watch Paul’s video

The Oliver McGowan Mandatory Training in learning disability and autism
The second stakeholder forum took place in February and the following resources are now available:
  • the presentations by the four partners
  • the Q&As from both events
  • Paula McGowan telling Oliver’s story.
⇨ View resources

The next forum will be on the 6 July 2021 and the pre-booking link will be circulated shortly.
 Events, learning and development 

Beyond Words
Having a Vaccine for Coronavirus
The Beyond Word February update includes their new resource Having a Vaccine for Coronavirus. This short wordless story is designed to help people think about the coronavirus vaccine and what having the vaccine will mean.
⇨ Download the free copy

Lenny and Lily: stories to support primary school children
Some new stories have been created by teaching professionals, to help children make sense of their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic, communicate their feeling’s and prepare for more change as they return to school. They’re called Lenny and Lily: stories to support primary school children.
⇨ Download the free copy

⇨ Paperback copies are also available, with discounted packs for schools.

Supporting people with learning disabilities in bereavement webinar
The Supporting people with learning disabilities in bereavement webinar took place on 9 February 2021, where Beyond Words Chair and Founder Baroness Hollins presented at the PCPLD Network.
⇨ Watch the webinar recording

You can sign up for the Beyond Words monthly newsletter via their website.

Upcoming BILD webinars
Growing Older, Living Well webinar; Supporting people with Dementia to live a fulfilling active life
16 June 2021 at 12.00
Jane Nickels from MacIntyre, will be speaking about supporting people with dementia to live a fulfilling, active life. There will also be a live Q&A following her presentation.
⇨ Find out more and register

Health, LeDeR and constipation webinar
18 August 2021 at 12.00 - 13.00
Sarah Ormston (Dementia, Health and Wellbeing Manager at MacIntyre) and Sarah Bruce (Lead Clinician Physiotherapist for Adults with Learning Disabilities at Guys and St Thomas’ Hospital), will be speaking about health, LeDeR and specifically focus on the management of constipation, including the use of abdominal massage.
⇨ Find out more and register for this webinar

Strategies for supporting palliative care for people with learning disabilities in family homes and residential/care home
15 December 2021 12.00 - 13.00
Irene Tuffrey-Wijne, will be discussing strategies for supporting palliative care for people with learning disabilities in family homes and residential/care home settings. Her presentation will include practical examples of end-of-life day to day care procedures.
⇨ Find out more and register here

The UK PBS Alliance webinars
Promoting quality of life whilst cognisant of risk, using a PBS framework
Took place on Wednesday 7 April 2021. Dr Darren Bowring, the General Manager of Adult Social Care for the Government of Jersey talked about positive risk taking and Quality of life. The webinar was recorded and is available to Bild Members.
⇨ Find out more about Bild Membership
 Guidance from the Government, NHS and 
 key stakeholders 

Outcomes and Improvement Framework for Adults with Learning Disabilities and Autism  
The LGA and ADASS have commissioned the development of an outcomes and improvement framework for adults with learning disabilities and autism for directors of adult social services and their partners to improve how they support this group of people. The framework will help assess whether care and support in their area improves outcomes for people and is good value for money.

CQC rapid review of how DNACPR decisions were used during the coronavirus pandemic
Protect, respect, connect – Decisions about living and dying well during COVID-19
The report was published on 18 March 2021 and it can be accessed on the CQC website. The report is accompanied with a blog by Dr Rosie Benneyworth, Chief Inspector of Primary Medical Services and Integrated Care.

The new report has found worrying variation in people’s experiences of ‘do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation’ (DNACPR) decisions during the pandemic, although there were some examples of good practice. The report looked at the experiences of people with, and without, a learning disability of all ages.

Among the recommendations, the report calls for the establishing of a Ministerial Oversight Group – working with partners in health and social care, local government and the voluntary sector – to take responsibility for delivering improvements in this vital and sensitive area.

Skills for Care have a range of resources supporting on End-of-Life care.

⇨ View the resources
 News from the sector  

Disability Hate Crime
Disability hate crime is a huge issue for people with learning disability and autistic people across the country. United Response are supporting the government’s efforts to tackle it and their disability hate crime campaign aims to help victims recognise the signs of a hate crime and empower them to report it.Easy read guides, training resources and videos are available.
⇨ Find out more and view the resources

One of the resources, “What is hate?” produced in October 2020 by West Yorkshire Police, covers hate crime and incidents, our rights and protected characteristics protected under criminal and civil law.
⇨ Find out more and view the resources
 Get involved in research and policy 
The following Surveys are available which you or the people and families you support may wish to participate in. 

Learning Disability England - Choosing and finding where to live: A guide – can you help? 
Learning Disability England and Housing LIN are working together to make 2 guides. The first is for people with learning disabilities and autistic people to understand their housing choices, and what they can do to get the home they want. The second is for paid supporters and commissioners, who plan and buy services, to understand good ways of helping people get housing and support.This project is supported by NHS England.As part of this project, we’re looking for examples of information or ways of working that people think are good.

⇨ Learn more about the project and how to get involved

Learning Disability England - Coronavirus and people with learning disabilities study 
Professors Chris Hatton and Richard Hastings are leading the biggest year-long study about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with learning disabilities and what makes for better outcomes. There have been lots of studies done on the pandemic but not many that people with learning disabilities can easily be involved in.

The researchers have been talking to adults with learning disabilities or family carers/paid support staff of people with learning disabilities. They have published their first set of findings and want to talk to more people over the coming year.

⇨ Find out more or get involved

Ace Anglia have produced an easy read document on pulse oximeters
It can be difficult to tell if someone with COVID-19 is getting more unwell. GPs across England are giving pulse oximeters to people with a learning disability who have COVID-19. If someone is self-isolating, they can use it to check to see if they need medical help. Ace Anglia translated a guide into easy read for NHS England to help people with a learning disability understand what a pulse oximeter is, how to use it and when to call for medical help.
⇨ View the easy read guide
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