Care Providers give critical support to the most at-risk citizens in our communities, and the leadership of social care in Wales is proud for your continued commitment and hard work.
Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccination Progress against Strategy Update
Statement issued by Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething on progress of the vaccination programme, including information on the use of AstraZeneka.
NHS and social care financial recognition scheme
Payments of £735 will be paid to eligible social care workers over the next few months.
You must complete a claim form to receive the payment – available from your employer.
The payments are to recognise the commitment and contribution of social care workers during the pandemic
Guidance for social care workers:
Keeping children safe in childcare: coronavirus
Guidance to help childcare providers and parents to protect children.
Youth work services guidance: coronavirus
Guidance on how to safely increase operations of youth services.
Get rapid lateral flow COVID-19 tests if you do not have symptoms
How to get regular COVID-19 lateral flow tests to stop the spread of coronavirus.
Care homes visiting: guidance for visitors
What care home visitors need to do to ensure the safety of care home residents and staff.
Social care staff responsibilities and COVID-19: guidance
What social care staff should do to protect themselves and those they care for.
National clinical framework: a learning health and care system
Guidance on how to plan and provide local and national clinical services.
Supported living guidance: coronavirus
How people in supported living can see family and friends and stay safe with their support and care workers.
How and when you and your household need to self-isolate if you have symptoms, tested positive, or have been in contact with somebody who has COVID-19.
Guidance on funerals: COVID-19
Guidance on holding and attending funerals during the coronavirus pandemic.
Leaving your home and seeing other people: alert level 3
Rules on meeting people outside your home at alert level 3.
Guidance for weddings and civil partnerships: receptions and celebration events
How venues hosting wedding and civil partnership receptions must operate during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Visiting people in private homes: alert level 3
Rules that apply to being in a support bubble and when you can see other people in their homes or yours (alert level 3).
USS Support Offer to Social Care Sector from Newfields Law
Newfields Law have made the following offer to social care providers in relation to EUSS:
An ‘advice clinic’ to staff where a (HR) representative organises time slots in a scheduled day for staff to join a call with us at Newfields, where they have a 20-30 minute timeslot to speak to us with any queries they have with the EUSS. This will enable us to give specific advice to the individual and be able to send follow up advice after the session. Then, if they needed any further support with their application, the contact has already been made so we will be able to continue to assist them. This has been a very effective tool that we have used multiple times for Cardiff University.
Webinars can be targeted at those applying to the scheme and/or HR staff. This webinar can include general information on the EUSS, 2021 Immigration Rules, Skilled Worker visa, Health Care visa and some general information on indefinite leave to remain (if this is wanted). If multiple teams just want a webinar on the EUSS but catered towards social care workers, then we can do this too.
Contact: Alicia Percival
Social Care Wales
Help us get the new Care Worker Card to workers not on our Register
You may already know that the Care Worker Card is the new version of a card we first launched last April to recognise social care and childcare, play and early years workers as key workers and to provide some benefits, like preferential shopping arrangements. That card ceases to be valid from 1 May 2021.
As with the original card, the new Care Worker Card is for everyone employed in a care role in Wales, not only those on our Register.
We would be grateful for your support in raising awareness of the availability of the Care Worker Card to workers in your organisation, or through commissioned services, who may not be on our Register of Social Care Workers. These may include, but are not limited to:
Workerscan get the digital Care Worker card by signing up here.
The card must not be used by anyone else. All card holders should be prepared to use the card alongside a form of photo ID, such as a driving licence or a workplace pass. This will allow organisations to verify their identity, if necessary.
The Care Worker Card is different to the original card as it provides access to a cashback card, as well as a variety of retail offers, through Discounts for Carers.
Care Worker Card holders can use it as proof of their employment in the care sector in Wales if they decide to apply for a cashback card from Discounts for Carers. Information on how to sign-up for what is on offer can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions.
We have linked up with Discounts for Carers because cardholders told us in a survey last autumn that the additional benefits they would value the most would be retail offers.
We firmly believe everyone who works in care in Wales deserves to enjoy similar benefits to key workers in other professions, like the emergency services and health, irrespective of the size of organisation they are employed by.
But this is not just a card for the pandemic. It is something more long-term. It reflects the fact our care workers are key workers performing a critical role in supporting people in every community in Wales 24/7, year-in year-out, not just in a crisis like the pandemic.
As well as the cashback card and retail offers, card holders will have access to existing preferential shopping arrangements at certain supermarkets where those still apply. We will also continue letting card holders know of any resources, such as mobile applications, they can use to help maintain their physical and mental well-being during and after this pandemic.
Even though the new card is only available as a digital version, those without a smartphone can still get the same benefits if they have an e-mail address and access to the internet. This is explained in the Frequently Asked Questions.