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.
Public Health Wales
Vaccination saves lives – Information sheets and workplace posters
Public Health Wales have produced the following information sheets/posters. Please download, print and circulate across your networks.
Please use the weblink if you are unable to access the attached documents.
Online Q&A updated
The online Q&A has been updated since the announcement of the covid vaccine rollout.
Social Care Wales
Well-being support for the social care sector during Covid-19
Social Care Wales has compiled information and resources to support social care workers on staying well during the coronavirus pandemic, including a poster to download, print and circulate across your networks.
Health and Wellbeing Framework – give your views
Social Care wales has commissioned Practice Solutions to gather the views of the social care workforce to develop its health and wellbeing framework, which will set clear standards to safeguard workers in their professions. There are several ways to give your views: 1) online panel discussions, 2) survey, 3) workplace team discussions, 4) direct comments.
Further education: coronavirus
Changes to learning, exams, and attending schools and colleges during the coronavirus pandemic.
Examination and assessment guidance: 2020 to 2021
Information on examinations and assessments, including A levels, during the coronavirus pandemic.
Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment in Wales
Written statement by Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Health and Social Services
Coronavirus legislation and guidance on the law
The laws and guidance on these laws passed in Wales in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
Oral Statement: Coronavirus - December Restrictions
Oral statement given by Mark Drakeford MS, First Minister
The Primary Medical Services (Provision of Essential General Medical Services over the Christmas and New Year Period during the COVID-19 Pandemic) (Directed Enhanced Service) Directions 2020
Directions to enable essential GP services to be available over the Christmas and New Year Period.
The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions and Functions of Local Authorities) (Amendment) (Wales) Regulations 2020
These Regulations amend the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (No. 4) (Wales) Regulations 2020 and the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Functions of Local Authorities etc.) (Wales) Regulations 2020.
Virtual group clinics to be rolled out across NHS Wales
Virtual consultations across NHS Wales services are to be expanded to include virtual group clinics, for outpatients across primary, secondary and community care, the Health Minister, Vaughan Gething has announced.
First Minister announces latest coronavirus travel restrictions
Travel between Wales and areas of the UK with high rates of coronavirus will not be allowed from 6pm tomorrow (Friday 4 December), First Minister Mark Drakeford has confirmed.
Written Statement: Covid-19 testing of health and social care workers and hospice staff
Written statement by Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Health and Social Services.
This statement also addresses the use of lateral flow tests in care homes.
Regular rapid COVID testing of frontline health and social care staff in Wales introduced
Health Minister, Vaughan Gething, has announced routine testing of asymptomatic frontline health and social care staff will start this month in Wales.
Coronavirus regulations: frequently asked questions
Guidance on how you can keep safe during the outbreak and what rules are in place to protect people.
Face coverings in schools
Information informing the decision on wearing face coverings in schools.
Advice on coronavirus from the Technical Advisory Cell
Information to help ministers respond in the best interests of the Welsh population to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Information informing the decision to introduce the firebreak.
Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family
Guidance on making a Christmas bubble with friends and family.
Guidance to local authorities and places of worship on solemnisation of marriages and the forming of civil partnerships
COVID-19 vaccine roll-out begins in Wales
The first COVID-19 vaccine is being rolled-out across Wales from today (Tuesday 8 December 2020), the Welsh Government has confirmed.
Regional coronavirus testing facilities
Wales’ testing capacity is supported by an extensive network of facilities across the country.
Local authority powers to impose restrictions under the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Functions of Local Authorities etc) (Wales) Regulations 2020 (as amended)
Provides guidance for local authorities in Wales on what the regulations allow them to do.
Plans for safe return of students to Welsh universities in new year
The Welsh Government has announced plans for the safe return of students to Welsh universities after the Christmas break.
£500 payment scheme now open to parents and carers of children required to self-isolate
Parents and carers on low incomes with children who are self-isolating will be eligible for a £500 support payment.
Guidance on funerals: COVID-19
Guidance on holding and attending funerals during the coronavirus pandemic.
Consultation reminder: Rationalising the legislation controlling automatic fire suppression systems in care homes for children
This consultation seeks views on proposals to amend the Building Regulations 2010 to rationalise the regulatory procedures that oversee automatic fire suppression systems in care homes for children.
Further details can be found on the following web link:
Social Care Wales – Covid-19 web pages:
WeCareWales – Latest Jobs https://www.wecare.wales/jobs/
ADSS Cymru – Support for Commissioned Providers
Public Health Wales, Daily 2pm Statements:
Public Health Wales Coronavirus Data Dashboard
Care Inspectorate Wales, FAQs: