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.

This information bulletin should be read in conjunction with the most recent advice from Public Health Wales (PHW) and Welsh Government.

The aim of this briefing is to keep providers informed of the latest updates, provide advice and respond to general enquiries.





Public Health Wales

Video message regarding advice on doses from Dr Richard Roberts, Head of Vaccine & Preventable Diseases Programme at Public Health Wales

Please share this video with your networks - it covers the scientific basis on which the decision on prioritising first doses was made following advice from the JCVI. We hope that this brings some reassurance to staff concerned about this.

Improvement Wales – Community of Practice: children and young people with learning disability

Virtual Inagural Meeting


Date: Thursday, 25 February 2021

Time: 09:30-12:00


As individuals interested in the wellbeing of children and young people with learning disability across Wales, this is an opportunity to come together and establish a Community of Practice.

The purpose of the Community of Practice is to create a shared space in which all stakeholders can collaborate on topics of mutual interest that will improve outcomes for children and young people with learning disability.

Further information will be sent out in January 2021.

If you’re interested in sharing your good practice as an individual or as a team, or would like to contribute in any other way, please do get in touch by emailing Ruth ( by 15 January, 2021 to discuss further. 

All welcome.


Welsh Government

Moving home during the coronavirus pandemic: alert level 4


What to do if you want to move home, arrange a viewing or allow estate agents, surveyors and removal workers into your home.

Guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19) – previously known as ‘shielding’


Information for protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.


Sport, recreation and leisure: guidance for a phased return


Guidance for people working in sport, recreation and leisure industries.


Business closures: alert level 4


Businesses that must close at alert level 4.

Travelling safely (coronavirus): guidance for the public



How to be safe when walking, cycling, and travelling in vehicles or on public transport during the coronavirus pandemic.

Visits to care homes: guidance


Guidance on how to enable safe visiting during the coronavirus pandemic.

Supported living easy read guidance: coronavirus


How people in supported living can see family and friends and stay safe with their support and care workers.

Clinical assessment of COVID-19 in the community (WHC/2020/024)


Updated guidelines on COVID-19 management in the community.

Children’s social services during the COVID-19 pandemic: guidance


How children’s social care providers can change their services to support young people during COVID-19.

Welsh Government Ministers say “Anyone can feel lonely, but help and support is available”


New findings from the Welsh Government National Survey on loneliness confirms that feelings of loneliness show a strong relationship with well-being, and that lonely people reported much lower satisfaction with life.

Construction and outdoor work: coronavirus workplace guidance


How to work safely during the COVID-19 pandemic if you work or employ people in construction, utilities, farming and other outdoor work.

Manufacturing: coronavirus guidance


Advice to restart your manufacturing business and manage the COVID-19 risk to employees.

Serial testing to be piloted by South Wales Police


A four-week pilot for asymptomatic serial testing with South Wales Police has been announced by the Health Minister.

Higher education: coronavirus


Information about higher education and student support during the coronavirus pandemic.

Written Statement: Additional funding for community pharmacies’ response to COVID-19


Written statement from Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services

Guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19) – previously known as ‘shielding’


Information for protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.

Guidance to local authorities, approved premises and places of worship on marriages civil partnerships and related wedding ceremonies: coronavirus


Guidance to local authorities and places of worship on solemnisation of marriages and the forming of civil partnerships.

Coronavirus control plan: guidance about alert levels for social care services


Guidance on alert levels in Wales social care services for adults and children.

Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment in Wales


Written statement from Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Health and Social Services

Second COVID-19 vaccine arrives in Wales


The second COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled-out across Wales from today [Monday 4 January] with at least 40,000 doses available within the first 2 weeks.

COVID-19 vaccine deployment data in Wales


Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Health and Social Services.

New Year message from First Minister of Wales, Mark Drakeford


New Year message by the first minister, Mark Drakeford.

COVID-19: update on health and care system pressures


Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Health and Social Services.

National protocol for COVID-19 AstraZeneca vaccine


Authorisation protocol for non-registered professionals to immunise people with the Astra/Zeneca COVID-19 vaccine.

Care home visiting pods - access to hardship fund and criteria

Claiming reimbursement of costs relating to visiting pod hire under the visiting pod pilot scheme

Visiting pod specification

How to make a claim for a costs of a visiting pod

Claiming additional insurance costs relating to visiting pod hire under the pilot scheme:

How to make a claim for insurance

Claim form

20-12-15 Letter from Albert Heaney

Welsh NHS Confederation

NHS Confederation Brexit Briefings for Health and Care Sector.

The Welsh NHS Confed has published a number of briefing regarding Brexit implications for the Health and Care workforce:

  • With a new UK-EU trade and cooperation agreement in place, the NHS Confederation has produced a detailed briefing on what the outcomes of the negotiations mean for the NHS and UK health sector, including key guidance points.
  • For an at-a-glance version, the NHS Confederation has also produced a summary of the agreements relevant to health and care, which will take effect from 1 January 2021.

NHS Employers have published a Brexit workforce guide, which summarises key workforce priorities, highlights potential risks, and points to mitigating actions NHS organisations can take.



Learning Disability Wales

Learning Disability Wales


Study of the lives of people with a learning disability during the coronavirus pandemic

Can you help us please?

We want to interview 200 people with a learning disability before the end of January 2021. This is the first of 3 interviews. We want to find out how people’s lives have been during the coronavirus pandemic. We would like to hear from you if:

  • You have a learning disability
  • You live with someone who has a learning disability who could be interviewed with support
  • You work with people who have a learning disability who could be interviewed with support

You can help us by speaking to individuals that use your service about taking part in this study and letting us know if anyone is interested in talking with us. People can have support from anyone there to help them complete the survey if this is necessary.


This is a one-year study involving researchers and organisations across the UK. In Wales the partners are Cardiff University, University of South Wales, Learning Disability Wales, All Wales People First and All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers.

I am interested how do I take part?

Please sign our easy read Expression of Interest Form, or get in touch with Karen Warner at Learning Disability Wales 

or your local People First Group or contact by email or phone Edward Oloidi 01443 483042

Further information

Easy read Participant Information Sheet:

Web page:


Short video from Ffion, Caerphilly People First:




Wales Cooperative Centre

Wales Co-operative Centre


Implementing recommendations in ‘Supporting Care Commissioners and Procurers to Promote Social Value Models

Wales Coop are keen to hear if you would like to work through practical solutions with us. If you do please complete the required information below and return to: Deadline for information is Friday 8th January.

    1. What themes of development you are interested in?

·       Specifying and scoring for social value and multiple outcomes

·       Commissioning for social value, before and after procurement

·       Building capacity beyond the market

·       Other?

    1. Who will be in your team? 
    2. Please provide your name and contact details. Can you include your role and organisation.


Slides on Social Value Models


  • Author: ADSS Cymru & Partners
  • Date: 06/01/2021