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

Covid Vaccination Letter to Health and Social Care Staff

The Welsh Government Deputy Director General for Health and Social Care, along with the Chief Medical Officer/Medical Director NHS Wales and Chief Nursing Officer have written to all health and social care workers in Wales urging them to receive the covid-19 vaccination.

Covid Vaccination Letter to Health and Social Care Staff

Written Statement: Alert level four restrictions

Written Statement: Alert level four restrictions

Alert level 4

Summary of what you must do and what is open at very high risk alert level 4.

Alert level 4: frequently asked questions

Guidance on how you can keep safe and what rules are in place to protect people at alert level 4.

Welsh Government Ministers say “Anyone can feel lonely, but help and support is available”

New findings from the Welsh Government National Survey on loneliness confirms that feelings of loneliness show a strong relationship with well-being, and that lonely people reported much lower satisfaction with life.

Visits to care homes: guidance

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

National Protocol for Pfizer BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine

Authorisation protocol for non-registered professionals to immunise people with the COVID 19 vaccine.

Regional coronavirus testing facilities

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

A Christmas Card to Care Homes – Carols with Lesley Garrett CBE

Care homes across the country will be able to tune-in to an exclusive streamed Christmas carol concert on Wednesday 23 December at 4pm, with on-demand playback available until 5th January. With the support of the UK Government Department of Health and Social Care, an outdoor choir will be led by soprano singer Lesley Garrett from Westminster Abbey to those in care homes who cannot venture out to hear live singing this year.

A Christmas Card to Care Homes – Carols with Lesley Garrett CBE

Visa extensions for health and care workers during coronavirus (COVID-19)

  • If you’re a health or care worker, you may be eligible for a 1-year extension to your visa for free
  • To get the extension, you must:
  • have a visa that expires between 1 October 2020 and 31 March 2021
  • work for the NHS or an independent healthcare provider in an eligible profession.
  • Eligible professions include, but are not limited to; nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, and therapy professionals.
  • Family members who are ‘dependants’ on your visa may also be able to get a 1-year extension to their visas for free.

Visit this link to read further information and apply online:

Immigration Health Surcharge Reimbursement Scheme

•   People who work in social care roles and have paid the Immigration Health Surcharge may be able to claim their money back from HM Government.

•   Applicants must be working for at least 16 hours per week during that period, but this can be in more than one eligible job. Reimbursement payments are processed in six-month instalments in arrears.

  • Eligible applicants can now apply online and find out more about the scheme. Telephone help is available if you have difficulty in applying.

Link to the reimbursement scheme:     


Link to the guidance, if further detail required:

Consultation final reminder: Rationalising the legislation controlling automatic fire suppression systems in care homes for children

This consultation seeks views on proposals to amend the Building Regulations 2010 to rationalise the regulatory procedures that oversee automatic fire suppression systems in care homes for children. 


Further details can be found on the following web link


Wales Co-operative Centre



Wales Co-operative Centre


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

The previous bulletin stated that WCPP were leading on the below work. In fact, this work is being lead by the Wales Co-operative Centre.


Wales Coop 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.

social value models


Read the report:


  • Author: ADSS Cymru & Partners
  • Date: 23/12/2020