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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.
COVID-19 workforce risk assessment tool
The COVID-19 workforce risk assessment tool has been updated regarding the following:
to reflect the update in guidance for the clinically extremely vulnerable
We recommend anyone who has not undertaken the assessment to do so, or if there has been a change in your circumstances to retake it.
Statutory sick pay (SSP) Enhancement Scheme
The scheme provides up to full pay for eligible social care workers whose pay reduces when they have to self-isolate due to COVID-19
The scheme has been extended to September 2021
Self-isolation support scheme
You could get a payment of £500 to help with loss of earnings if you’ve been told to self-isolate and cannot work from home.
Get your COVID-19 vaccination if you think you have been missed
What to do if you are due your COVID-19 vaccination and have not been contacted.
NHS COVID-19 app
How the NHS COVID-19 app will help in the fight against coronavirus.
Written Statement: Update on care home visiting
Julie Morgan MS, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services
Lateral flow testing for people without symptoms
How COVID-19 lateral flow tests work and their role in our national testing programme.
Welsh Government boosts support for valued charities and third sector organisations in Wales
The Welsh Government is once again backing volunteers, charities and third sector organisations in Wales who have played a vital role in response to Covid-19, with additional funding support to help meet their needs.
Children’s Care Homes – Covid-19 testing and visits
On 2 March and in line with the Welsh Government Coronavirus control plan: Alert levels in Wales for Social Care Services for Adults and Children, published on 23 December, a letter and guidance issued to children’s care homes about the social care Covid-19 testing programme being extended to children’s care homes.
LFD visitor testing guidance pack
Children's Care Home Visitor Testing
Covid-19 vaccines for unpaid carers eligible under priority group 6
Unpaid carers who are not already registered as an unpaid carer with their GP are able to fill in an online self-referral form (available from Monday 8 March). When the form has been processed they will be invited for vaccination, they do not need to also contact their health board or GP. Guidance defines eligible unpaid carers as those who are the sole or primary carer of someone who is clinically vulnerable.
Aspiring Leaders Programme
Applications to The Queen’s Nursing Institute Aspiring Leaders Programme are now open to all nurses working in the community and social care. The programme is designed to support the professional development of nurses to become future leaders, to the benefit of the people, families and communities they serve. Further information, including eligibility criteria and programme fees can be found on the website. Applications close on 26 March.
Social Care Wales
REMINDER: Getting through together
We would like to invite you to our new online peer support network. This network is aimed at anyone working in care who has experienced grief, bereavement or loss at work during the pandemic. If you need space to talk, you can connect with others who have had similar experiences, in a confidential space.
We will meet up once a month for an hour on Zoom. The first sessions are on 18th and 25th March.
To find out more or book a place, please contact Asha on firstname.lastname@example.org or join one of our drop in sessions where we will explain more. Just click on the adjacent Zoom links to join.
This is a partnership between Social Care Wales, Age Cymru, Care Forum Wales and Hospice of the Valleys.
Drop in session on 15th March 8am – 9am Link to join