Should I stay or should I go?

This week saw the publication of a piece of research by Elaine James and the Adult PSW Network Co-Chairs Rob Mitchell and Mark Harvey. The research paper titled ‘An inquiry by Social Workers into evening routines in community living settings for adults with Learning Disabilities’ looks at the life when living your life in care settings. This researched involved the collective efforts of overs 70 social workers wanting to understand the reality of the of choice and real lives.

Paul Richards  ( @Heavy_Load ) of Stay up Late and Gig Buddies fame agreed to write a blog for APSW challenging some of the concepts that lead to such arrangements and suggesting what we need to do.

You can read the blog here:


Apprenticeship Standard for Advanced Clinical Practitioner – Consultation open

The Advanced Clinical Practitioner Trailblazer group is pleased to announce that it has opened a consultation on the draft Apprenticeship Standard.

To give maximum opportunity for everyone to contribute, the consultation is available as an on-line survey at:

The consultation opened on 13th June and will close on 25th July 2017.

Could you please put this information through your networks and forums – thank you!

Support for Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Disabilities Nursing at London South Bank University

“Health Education England working across Kent, Surrey and Sussex (HEE KSS) is able to pay the fees for 6 students within the region to undertake the Postgraduate Diploma in Learning Disabilities Nursing at London South Bank University.  We know that the need for newly qualified LD nurses both nationally and locally is increasing as the Intellectual Disabilities workforce is facing a period of intense changes,  due in part to the Transforming Care Programme becoming embedded but also because of other factors including retirement age of the current workforce.

This PG Diploma is designed to challenge learners as it trains and educates future specialists, experts and leaders. Work placements for these students will be undertaken within the KSS region. More information can be found here:

The deadline for applications through UCAS is 30th June.  The course code which the applicants need to select is B764 which is for PG Dip Learning Disability Nursing and our institute code is L75. The link  to the online applications site is:

If you want to apply but the deadline has passed (we know it is very tight), please contact Rhona Westrip, programme manager for the Intellectual Disabilities programme at HEE KSS in the first instance – and she will give advice about moving your application forward.”

Council overspend on social care doubles as savings targets missed

Councils significantly overspent their adult social care budgets last year after some savings targets proved “impossible” to deliver, directors have warned.

The annual budget survey by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) found councils spent £14.2bn on adult’s services in 2016-17, £366m more than was planned. This was more than double the £168m overspend reported in 2015-16.

Councils plugged the overspends last year by transferring funds from their reserves or other departments. But the association warned that directors were finding it “increasingly difficult” to implement planned cuts in practice, with less than a third (31%) confident of delivering savings for this year.

We want to hear from people with a learning disability who are looking for work

Are you working with people with a learning disability directly? Or do you know people who do?

Mencap wants people with a learning disability to receive the right support to access and stay in work. To help make this happen we want to hear from people with a learning disability who are looking for work. We want to find out more about their experiences with getting support to help them find a job.

We have created a short survey and would like this to reach as many people with a learning disability as possible. If you know anybody with a learning disability who is looking for work, please share the survey with them! Please also share it with anyone else in your network who might know someone with a learning disability looking for work so they can share it with them.

The survey will stay open until 15 July 2017. Its findings will support Mencap in their efforts to improve the employment support offer for people with a learning disability.