Social Care Providers are playing a critical role in protecting and caring for the most at-risk citizens in our communities. These are challenging times and the leadership of social care in Wales really appreciates everything you are doing to keep people safe.
The aim of this briefing is to keep providers informed of the latest updates, provide advice and respond to general enquiries.
Care Home Cymru
Care Home Cwtch: How is the Covid-19 testing process going in your home?
The next Care Home Digital Cwtch session will take place on Wednesday, 5 August and will explore the topic of how the Covid-19 testing process is going in your home. If you’re interested in attending, you’ll need to register before the session using this link: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJModO-rqzMpG9FU3Ce-ssb00lgUqVvCQ3te
Once you’ve registered, you’ll receive an email with the link you’ll need to join the meeting. We look forward to seeing you.
Gofal Cymdeithasol Cymru
Time for you
‘Time for you’ is new peer support network for managers of domiciliary care services in Wales.
The network will meet for one hour, every fortnight on Zoom for 12 weeks. Meet ups will have an independent host and you’ll join smaller ‘breakout’ groups to share experiences, discuss any issues you may want advice on, and share tips and ideas. These groups will remain the same over the 12 weeks.
This network is aimed at those with a level 4 or 5 qualification running a domiciliary care service or who have responsibility for managing staff or teams. Get in touch if you’re not sure if this is for you.
The first meet up will be on Thursday, 3 September at 11.30am. To book your place or to find out more, email firstname.lastname@example.org
WeCare Wales jobs portal
Social care employers: we want to help address the staff shortages you might be facing right now. To help you find the right people to fill your vacancies and support your business, we’ve created a jobs portal that will list current social care jobs in Wales.
Post your job vacancies on Twitter and include the following details:
hashtag: #WeCareWalesJobs (you must include this).
COVID-19 workforce risk assessment tool: social care and health care posters
Posters to explain the risk assessment tool for workplaces are now available. Please print and display to explain the tool to all staff.
Updated Welsh Government Operational Guidance for Children’s Social Care
COVID 19 (July 2020)
Guidance on testing and contact tracing in childcare settings
Information on the antigen (swab) and antibody (blood) tests and contact tracing.
Technical Advisory Group: consensus statement on post-mortem testing
Information about the viability of testing for infection with SARS-CoV-2 after the death of the individual to be tested.
Measures to Manage COVID-19
An assessment of how our measures to manage COVID-19 affect equality of opportunity (16 July review).
Finance Minister responds to UK Government funding announcement
Finance Minister Rebecca Evans has described Friday’s meeting with the Treasury as a “missed opportunity” for the UK Government to provide Wales with greater flexibilities to meet the financial pressures associated with the coronavirus pandemic.
CMO advice on review of lockdown arrangements
Advice presented to First Minister on review of lockdown arrangements.
Coronavirus restrictions relaxed further in Wales
Cinemas, museums and beauty salons can reopen from Monday, as Wales’ coronavirus restrictions continue to be relaxed, First Minister Mark Drakeford announced today (24 July)
The Adoption and Fostering (Wales) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020
The consultation associated with The Adoption and Fostering (Wales) (Miscellaneous Amendments) (Coronavirus) Regulations 2020 was published on 27th July 2020 and will end at 12am on 24th August 2020
Any comments or questions on these proposals can be forwarded to the following mailbox:
Workplace guidance for employers and employees: COVID19
Guidance for employers and employees to keep safe in the workplace during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Coronavirus Regulations: Update on Face Coverings
The Coronavirus Regulations have been updated to include advice on face coverings.
Apply for a Test
Get tested to find out if you have coronavirus.
Technical Advisory Cell: summary of advice 24 July 2020
Summary of COVID-19 advice provided to Welsh Ministers on 24 July 2020.
Regional Testing Facilities
Wales’ testing capacity is supported by an extensive network of facilities across the country.
Discretionary Assistance Fund (DAF)
The Discretionary Assistance Fund provides 2 types of grant that you do not need to pay back.