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.
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;
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: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/evidence-on-the-accuracy-of-lateral-flow-device-testing
Attached is a copy of the slides shared recently which includes the following link;
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
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.
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: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/UKWALES_CSSIW_INT/bulletins/2bd4f3e
Public Health Wales
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.