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.
The aim of this briefing is to keep providers informed of the latest updates, provide advice and respond to general enquiries.
Welsh NHS Confederation
What leaving the EU means for health and social care in Wales: Frequently asked questions
This FAQs document is for all health and social care professionals working in the NHS, Local Authorities, Third and Independent Sectors who directly provide care and support to people in Wales, or who are in direct contact with people accessing care and support services. The document has been reframed from previous versions to reflect that a Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA) has now been agreed between the UK and EU, and that the new relationship has taken effect from 1 January 2021. The FAQs will continue to be updated regularly as further detail about implementing different aspects of the TCA becomes available.
Public Health Wales
Latest Advisory note:
Use of personal protective
equipment (PPE) in social care
settings (care homes and
domiciliary care) in Wales
Updated resource - This resource provides guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) for care workers working in social care settings in Wales based on the UK infection prevention and control (IP&C) guidance for managing COVID-19.
Care Inspectorate Wales
Mass Communications from CIW
CIW has taken the decision that it will no longer send mass communications to Registered Managers. This is because we no longer register managers nor ask for their email addresses. The registration of managers is carried out by Social Care Wales.
When we send out mass communications on behalf of either ourselves, Welsh Government or any other body, we will no longer email Registered Managers - only Responsible Individuals/Registered Persons, and/or the service email address.
This will only affect mass communications, for example Welsh Government letters and updates regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, or key changes to the law as part of Brexit.
Day-to-day emails from CIW staff will not be affected. However, Registered Managers may notice a drop in the number of mass communications they receive from CIW.
To ensure that information reaches the right people in your organisation, please ensure you provide an up-to-date service email address within your CIW Online account. Responsible Individuals or Registered Persons can do this by logging into your CIW Online account and updating your service profile.
Social Care Wales
Survey on Health and social care workers’ quality of working life and coping while working during a Covid-19 Pandemic
We would encourage all social care workers to share their experiences by completing a short survey developed by Ulster University, supported by Social Care Wales, so that we can better understand the impact that the pandemic has had on the social care workforce, and to ensure the research includes a wide range of voices from across Wales.
The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete and is in complete confidence.
Rapid Recruitment Programme Information Session
To help address the real challenges facing social care employers and their staffing levels, we are piloting a rapid recruitment programme in Neath Port Talbot, Swansea, Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire to help fast track people into jobs in the sector. This includes a free four-day training course which provides attendees with an introduction to working in social care and helps them to be ‘job ready’.
We are running an online event on 1 February, 10:00 – 11:00am to help you find out more about the programme and opportunities to advertise any social care job vacancies you may have free of charge. To register for this event
Life Sciences Hub
Research Innovation and Improvements
Accelerate Wales Innovation Day
Digital event on 25th February 2021
During February 2021, Accelerate will be running a social media campaign centred around Innovation in Wales, which will lead up to their ‘Accelerate Wales Innovation Day’ on the 25th February 2021.
We are reaching out to Welsh based businesses interested in taking part in the campaign.
The campaign is a celebration of tech, health & Social care in Wales run across the Life Sciences Hub Wales and associated partners social media channels.
The Innovation day will highlight innovation stories and inspire others to translate ideas into reality.
If you are interested, please contact the team by using the following link.
Bevan Commission - Doing Things Differently
Discussion papers and events
The Bevan Commission are reaching out to engage with health and care professionals, patients and the public from across Wales for a new series of online discussion events called Doing Things Differently.
The events will discuss the tough choices facing health and care in Wales as it responds to and recovers from Covid 19 now and in the future.
Three online panel discussion events will be held in February and March (4th & 11th Feb & 4th March @ 15.00 – 16.30) and will feature people from across Wales including the health and care spokespeople from the main political parties.
Following the engagement events, the Commission will collate, analyse and evaluate the feedback and produce an initial report in early Spring 2021.
This is your chance to contribute to this important discussion and we'd love to hear your questions and views so please book a place at our Doing Things Differently events now.
EU citizens – we want you to stay in Wales
There are less than 6 months remaining to apply for the EU Settlement Scheme. We want all EU citizens in Wales to be able to continue living and working here after Brexit. If you’re an EU, EEA or Swiss citizen, you and your family can apply to the EU Settlement Scheme to continue living in the UK after 30 June 2021.
Recovery app launched in Wales to help support people with long COVID
A COVID recovery app has been launched today (20 January) as part of wider support on offer for people experiencing the longer term effects of coronavirus.
Written Statement: Longer term effects of COVID 19
Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services
Getting your COVID-19 vaccine
Find out more about the COVID-19 vaccine programme and how the vaccine will be rolled out.
National Minimum Standards (NMS) and guidance: regulated childcare
Guidance on the standards childcare providers must meet to look after children.
Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccine supplies and deployment
Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services
Carers Support Fund increased by a quarter of a million pounds
A further £250k has been announced to help unpaid carers in Wales cope with the financial pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.
GPs join forces to vaccinate over 80s closer to home
GPs in rural communities are joining forces to set up community vaccination centres to help vaccinate more people closer to home.
COVID-19 workforce risk assessment tool
The COVID-19 workforce risk assessment tool has been updated regarding the following: Vaccination
We recommend anyone who has not undertaken the assessment to do so, or if there has been a change in your circumstances
'Making Relationships Count - A helpful guide for families, unpaid carers, and care staff supporting a person moving to live in a care home
Age Cymru have launched their new guide today written by the Care Home Network Manager, Suzy Webster in partnership with Carers Trust Wales.