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 Commissioning Board

Event: Celebrating Outcomes in Care at Home – 24th March 2021






We encourage participation in Welsh and will have a simultaneous translation for non-Welsh speakers.


You are welcome to attend any sessions or the whole day. 


Sessions will be recorded and available for later view.


The National Commissioning Board & National Provider Forum are Keen to bring together a whole host of colleagues from Wales and outside to celebrate care at home and share information about innovations and development.


The day is made of 7 sessions (up to 1 hour each) accessible as individual sessions or up to a whole day and discussion (plenary) sessions.

Each session will be made up of a presentation of around 20 minutes, followed by 15-20 minutes for questions.


The event will encourage participants to comment and ask questions in the chat function to encourage engagement and networking.


The event will be open to all and is targeted at providers and commissioners of health and social care and citizens.


The programme includes sessions on:

  • Community led support.
  • Community Catalysts
  • Launch of a domiciliary care cost matrix for Wales
  • Outcome focussed practice recording resources
  • Alternative models of delivering domiciliary care
  • Self-managed wellbeing teams
  • Medication administration in the community – update from the working group
  • Case studies of outcome practice in Wales (most significant change).


Register for the event on Eventbrite

SCIE Webinar: Delivering safe, face-to-face adult day care.

24 March 2021, 13.30pm – 14.30pm


This webinar:

  • gives an overview of SCIE’s guide to delivering safe, face-to-face adult day care as well as some practical examples from the sector.
  • aims to support the safe delivery of services by highlighting key guidance, providing practical examples, supporting connections with providers and responding to key questions from the sector.

The speakers will discuss how providers have remained open, or re-opened, during the COVID-19 pandemic, what the key challenges have been and how these have been responded to.

Speakers include:

Rebekah Luff, Senior Research Analyst, Social Care Institute for Excellence

Alison Tidy, Service Manager, Hollacombe CRC, Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust

Mark Wilson, Director of Engagement, Friends of the Elderly

who will be responding to questions from attendees and discussing the issues that are raised.

Register for the webinar






Care Inspectorate Wales

Letter from Albert Heaney, Deputy Director General

Health and Social Services ­– Exciting development for care homes in Wales

The Deputy Director General for Health and Social Services, Albert Heaney has written to care providers with an update on the development of the free online care and support capacity tool to track vacancies in adult care homes, and the updates being made to benefit providers.

Exciting development for care homes in Wales

Welsh Government

EUSS Support Offer to Social Care Sector from Newfields Law

Newfields Law have made the following offer to social care providers in relation to EUSS:


  • An ‘advice clinic’ to staff where a (HR) representative organises time slots in a scheduled day for staff to join a call with us at Newfields, where they have a 20-30 minute timeslot to speak to us with any queries they have with the EUSS. This will enable us to give specific advice to the individual and be able to send follow up advice after the session. Then, if they needed any further support with their application, the contact has already been made so we will be able to continue to assist them. This has been a very effective tool that we have used multiple times for Cardiff University.


  • Webinars can be targeted at those applying to the scheme and/or HR staff. This webinar can include general information on the EUSS, 2021 Immigration Rules, Skilled Worker visa, Health Care visa and some general information on indefinite leave to remain (if this is wanted). If multiple teams just want a webinar on the EUSS but catered towards social care workers, then we can do this too.

Contact: Alicia Percival

02921 690049

Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccination Programme - 1 Million People Vaccinated


Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services

Written Statement: Framework for COVID-19 testing for hospital patients in Wales


Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Health and Social Services

COVID-19 hospital patient testing framework: March 2021


How health boards should approach patient testing in hospitals to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

Impact assessments: coronavirus


Assessments of how our measures to manage COVID-19 affect equality of opportunity.


COVID-19 vaccinations for people who are homeless


Explains the criteria to use to identify people who are homeless in priority group 6 for COVID-19 vaccination.


COVID-19 vaccine priority groups


The order of how we will vaccinate the population against COVID-19.


Regional coronavirus testing facilities


Wales’ testing capacity is supported by an extensive network of facilities across the country.


Postponed operations


Information on operations postponed as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.


Written Statement: COVID-19 Vaccination Programme deployment – clarification on the definition of severe asthma for inclusion in cohort 6


Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Health and Social Services


First Minister to set out first steps out of lockdown


The Welsh Government will lift the “stay at home” requirement in Wales from tomorrow, and replace it with “stay local”, as part of a careful, cautious and phased approach to relaxing coronavirus restrictions, First Minister Mark Drakeford will announce today.


Written Statement: Advice to those who are Clinically Extremely Vulnerable from 01 April


Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health and Social Services


Guidance on protecting people defined on medical grounds as clinically extremely vulnerable from coronavirus (COVID-19) – previously known as ‘shielding’


Information for protecting people defined on medical grounds as extremely vulnerable from COVID-19.


Visits to care homes: guidance


Guidance on how to enable safe visiting during the coronavirus pandemic.



  • Author: ADSS Cymru & Partners
  • Date: 17/03/2021