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.
Social Care Wales
We want to hear your views on health and well-being for the social care workforce
Social Care Wales cares about the social care workforce and has placed health and well-being at the centre of its workforce strategy.
We are developing a national framework to set clear and measurable standards for how you should be safeguarded and have commissioned Practice Solutions to reach out to all parts of the workforce to get your views and ideas.
There are several ways in which you can give your views, including: 1) by taking part in virtual events being held until 15 December, 2) by holding team discussions, 3) completing a survey.
Please visit the Practice Solutions website to find out more.
What you think matters and we need to hear your views.
Public Health Wales
Public Health Wales COVID-19 information website – staff password update
Please note that due to issues with the Public Health Wales Coronavirus microsite, the password for the Health and Social Care Staff page has now been changed.
Health and care staff password: vGyFH8puj3nt
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Support for EU Citizens available through Settled.org
EU/EEA citizens must apply into the EU Settlement Scheme to live and work in the UK after 1st January 2021. The scheme grants them a legal status that protects their citizen’s rights and enables them to continue accessing welfare services. If you know of anyone in need of support (a neighbour, a colleague, a friend or a client) our website www.settled.org.uk provides information in 15 languages. Settled provide advice in 8 languages over the phone and have presence on Twitter and Facebook with Forums and Webinars in different languages.
COVID-19 vaccine roll-out to start across Wales
|The first COVID-19 vaccine has been given the go-ahead and the roll-out across Wales will start within a matter of days, the Chief Medical Officer has announced today [Wednesday 2 December]|
Free flu vaccine now available for over 50s across Wales
From next week [Tuesday 1 December] NHS Wales’ free flu vaccination will be available for anyone aged 50 or over, it has been announced.
Making a Christmas bubble with friends and family
Guidance on making a Christmas bubble with friends and family.
Four UK nations agree new rules for the festive period
A broad set of UK-wide measures to help people come together with their loved ones during the festive period, in a way that is as safe as possible, have been agreed by the governments of the UK’s four nations.
Notices disapplying changing school session time requirements
Temporarily removes the requirement for governing bodies and local authorities to comply with procedures for changing school session times.
Coronavirus Self-employment Income Support Scheme
The scheme is being extended from 1 November.
The first grant will cover a 3-month period from the start of November until the end of January.
Written Statement: Roche Supply Chain - Update
Written statement from Vaughan Gething, Minister for Health & Social Services
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.
Written Statement: Approach to the festive period
Written statement from Mark Drakeford, First Minister
Coronavirus information leaflet: keeping Wales safe this winter
What you can do to help stop the spread of coronavirus.
Travellers exempt from Welsh border rules: coronavirus (COVID-19)
Explains who is exempt from self isolation requirements under new Welsh border rules introduced due to coronavirus.
Extra £2.6m for local authorities to support Council Tax Reduction Scheme
Local councils across Wales are set to receive an additional £2.6m to help them meet the increasing demand for the Welsh Government’s Council Tax Reduction Scheme.
Covid-19 within schools
Information on the number of positive Covid-19 tests linked to schools.
Information on the food boxes provided to those shielding.
Information relating to Covid-19 testing.
Free school meals
Information on free school meals.
Evidence for the firebreak
Copies of evidence that support the recent firebreak.
Hospital visiting during the coronavirus outbreak: guidance
How the NHS can support hospital visiting in a safe and planned way during the coronavirus pandemic.
New guidelines for hospital visiting during Coronavirus outbreak
New revised NHS Wales hospital visiting guidance during the coronavirus outbreak will be published on Monday 30 November 2020. This supersedes previously published guidance.
Coronavirus recovery grant for volunteering: application form
Complete this form to apply for the coronavirus recovery grant for volunteering.
COVID-19 mass testing
£340m support for Welsh businesses as new coronavirus rules announced
A set of new targeted restrictions in the hospitality and leisure sectors, together with a £340m support package, has been announced by First Minister Mark Drakeford.
Decisions to allow all learners to return to schools and settings in September: impact assessment
The assessment focuses on the impacts of allowing all learners to return to schools and settings in Wales from September 2020.
SSP Enhancement Scheme
The scheme is operational from 1 November.
Care workers will receive full pay when they would otherwise reduce to SSP, or no income at all, due to actual or suspected COVID-19 or to self-isolate.
The scheme is managed by local authorities and applies to staff in adult and children’s care homes, domiciliary care and Personal Assistants. Agency, pool and contracted staff are eligible.
The published guidance has been revised:
Launch of Discovery phase report; Strategic Approach to Social Care Data in Wales
We are delighted to be able to share with you this report from the discovery phase of our strategic approach to social care data in Wales.
This report has been produced by Social Care Wales in collaboration with the National Data Resource Programme and NHS Wales Informatics Service, with support from the Welsh Government. Public bodies (local, regional and national), third sector organisations, working groups and individuals with lived experience of social care have all contributed their perspectives.
Care Home in Wales?
Help us to understand how care homes meet the needs of older Welsh speakers through completing this short survey.
Part of a PhD study looking at the importance of Welsh in care homes.
Dr D Morgan firstname.lastname@example.org
Prof C Musselwhite email@example.com
Approved by the Research Ethics Committee, College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University