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.




National Mental Capacity Forum

National Mental Capacity Forum – (FREE) Covid resources


Including free webinar on 18/12/20: The MCA and COVID Vaccinations in Care Homes




The availability of vaccinations may be raising questions about the issue of consent and mental capacity, plus liberty protection


Presentations and webinar recordings are available on issues such as:

  • The MCA and the Messy Reality of COVID
  • Deprivation of Liberty and 16/17 Year Olds
  • COVID 19 Testing
  • Public Health and Human Rights in the COVID-19 Pandemic
  • Covid-19, DoLS, and Best Interests


COVID-19 - Essex Autonomy Project



Wales Co-operative Centre

Wales Co-operative Centre


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

Wales Co-operative Centre are keen to hear if you would like to work through practical solutions with them. 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?
  1. Please provide your name and contact details and include your role and organisation.

Wales Co-op Centre Slides on Social Value Models


Read the report:


UK Government

EUSS caseworker guidance on adults with care and support needs

The EUSS caseworker guidance on adults with care and support needs has been published, within the main EUSS guidance (on page 76).

Welsh Government

Preparing Wales: EU transition bulletin

The EU transition bulletin provides an update on some of the issues affecting health and social care in Wales as we approach the end of the EU Transition Period on 31 December 2020. This update is focused on the EU Settlement Scheme, medicines, medical devices and clinical consumables (MDCCs), reciprocal healthcare and food.

EU Transition Stakeholder Bilingual Bulletin


More information:


Higher-level restrictions to come into force to control coronavirus

Higher-level restrictions will come into force to control rapidly accelerating coronavirus rates across Wales, First Minister Mark Drakeford said today (16 December).

Pilot of COVID-19 vaccination roll-out to care homes to begin

A pilot for the roll-out of the COVID-19 Pfizer / BioNtech vaccine to Welsh care homes is to begin on today [Wednesday 16], just over a week after the first jab was administered in the UK, the Health Minister has announced.


New Welsh Government report commends local authority and volunteer partnership for rapid response to COVID-19

Local authorities and the third sector responded rapidly to support Wales’ most vulnerable and isolated people during the pandemic, a new report has found.

Age Friendly Wales: Our Strategy for an Ageing Society

Welsh Government has launched a public consultation on our Strategy for an Ageing Society.


The strategy sets out our vision for an age friendly Wales that supports people of all ages to live and age well.


Written statement:


Written statement: Changes to self-isolation period

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

Coronavirus self-isolation and quarantine reduced to 10 days in Wales


As of Thursday 10 December, the time people have to self-isolate for coronavirus has been reduced from 14 days to 10 in Wales.

Guidance on leaving your home and seeing other people: coronavirus


Guidance on regulation 8 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (Wales) Regulations 2020.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) social distancing guidance for everyone in Wales


Guidance on social distancing for everyone in Wales.


COVID-19 workforce risk assessment tool



Check if you are at higher risk of more serious symptoms if you come into contact with COVID-19.

This tool helps you consider your personal risk factors for COVID-19 and suggests how to stay safe.


Self-isolation: stay at home guidance for households with possible coronavirus


How to self-isolate and look after yourself at home if there is possible coronavirus infection in your household.

Contact tracing: if you are a confirmed contact


Explains how the contact tracing system works if you are a confirmed contact of someone who has tested positive for coronavirus.


Keeping learners safe in education


Information and supporting guidance to help schools and other providers to keep learners safe.


Daily contact tracing check: symptoms, guidance and support


Follow this guidance if you have been contacted by the NHS Wales Test, Trace, Protect Service.


Antibody testing: coronavirus (COVID-19)


Explains antibody testing for COVID-19 including that it cannot tell people whether they are immune.


Education settings: coronavirus testing, contact tracing and NHS COVID-19 app guidance


Information on coronavirus testing, contact tracing and the NHS COVID-19 app.


Guidance for working in other people’s homes


This document is to help employers, employees, and the self-employed and others (such as volunteers) working in or at people's homes (where the work does not require close physical contact) to understand how to work safely, taking measures to minimise the risk of exposure to COVID-19.


Protective measures in childcare settings: keep childcare safe


How to get your childcare service ready to allow more children to attend and protect them and your staff from coronavirus.


Employers: coronavirus test, trace, protect guidance


Employers' responsibilities to help with coronavirus testing and contact tracing.

Written Statement: Secondary schools and colleges in Wales will move to online learning from Monday 14 December 2020 as part of the national effort to reduce coronavirus transmission


Written statement by Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education


Written Statement: NHS Pressures


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


Welsh Government announce plans for serial testing in schools and colleges from January


The Welsh Government has announced plans to roll out serial testing in schools and colleges from January.


How to self-isolate when you travel to Wales: coronavirus (COVID-19)


What you must do to keep Wales safe from coronavirus when arriving from abroad.



Useful links:

Public Health Wales, Daily 2pm Statements:

Public Health Wales Coronavirus Data Dashboard!/vizhome/RapidCOVID-19virology-Public/Headlinesummary

Care Inspectorate Wales, FAQs:


  • Author: ADSS Cymru & Partners
  • Date: 16/12/2020