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.





Welsh Government

Guidance on Lateral Flow Device testing for staff in Care homes

Following announcement by the Minister for Health and Social Services on the 4th February in relation to the enhanced testing for care homes staff, please find attached;

  • A letter providing further information and FAQs
  • A self testing guidance sheet


 Guidance on LFD testing for care homes

LFD Self-Test guidance.pdf


Evidence on the accuracy of lateral flow device testing










Please find attached some of the supporting evidence that has helped shape Welsh Government policy as well as a link to an evidence summary recently provided by DHSC.


DHSC released an evidence note on the effectiveness of LFD in December summarising the pertinent studies, and although this was written in the context of visitor testing, it’s still applicable for wider social care staff testing. This can be found here:


Attached is a copy of the slides shared recently which includes the following link;

UK evaluation_PHE Porton Down University of Oxford_final.pdf

 Cozier et all use of rapid testing technologies for covid-19  


Repeated mass testing with rapid antigen tests


Social care testing programme update

Revised Covid hospital discharge guidance – a reminder

A reminder to all partners to apply the revised Covid hospital discharge guidance

NHS and Social Care Life Assurance Scheme

Applications to this scheme are lower than expected.

Please be aware

  • applying for the scheme doesn’t place liability for a staff death on the employer. Payments made to families do not imply any liability for death on the part of the employer.
  • If you have concerns please contact the NHS BSA who can help

We know you will  agree the importance of bereaved families accessing the financial support at this difficult time.

Interim Flexibilities: The Fostering Panels (Establishment and Functions) (Wales) Regulations 2018

The Welsh Government has offered an eight-week extension to the deadline of 31st March 2021 for all foster carers approved utilising a self-declaration of health form to complete a full adult health assessment.

Stakeholder letter - Interim Flexibilities - The Fostering Panels

Written Statement: Publication of the Evaluation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014

Findings on the implementation of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.


Coronavirus (COVID-19) related statistics and research

Latest data and analysis on the effect of coronavirus on society in Wales.


Last chance to apply - visiting pod funding available until 26 February

A reminder that Welsh Government funding is still available to support providers with the costs of hiring visitor pods, and any associated insurance costs of hiring these structures, to help their residents spend time with friends and family again.

A link to details about how to apply for funding can be found at:

Public Health Wales

Accessible Information

On this page you will find accessible formats of COVID-19 vaccine leaflets. These include Easy Read, British Sign Language, Large Print and translations of key documents for speakers of languages other than English and Welsh.

Accessible information - Public Health Wales (

  • Author: ADSS Cymru & Partners
  • Date: 17/02/2021