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.
Public Health Wales
Public Health Wales has launched its COVID-19 information website
The COVID-19 vaccine microsite is now live on the Public Health Wales website. It includes a password protected page for Health and Social Care Staff with information and training resources (the password for that page is: zN9dB7wG8f – please do not circulate more widely). This website will be the primary source of COVID vaccine information in Wales. A Q&A document can be found under ‘About the Vaccine’.
Beat Flu information for health and social care workers
The Public Health Wales / Beat Flu website is regularly updated with information, news and resources for health and social care workers on flu and the flu vaccine.
Consultation - 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:
Face coverings: guidance for public
Face coverings will become mandatory in indoor public places across Wales from 14 September.
Coronavirus regulations: frequently asked questions
Guidance on how you can keep safe during the outbreak and what rules are in place to protect people.
Schools: coronavirus guidance
Changes to learning and teaching in schools from September.
Safe use of multi-purpose community centres (COVID-19)
Guidance on the reopening and safe use of multi-purpose community centres.
Written Statement: Update on use of face coverings in schools and colleges
Written statement from Kirsty Williams, Minister for Education
College transport guidance: COVID-19
How to plan and manage dedicated transport for further education learners.
Changes to face coverings policy in schools and colleges
Staff and learners in secondary schools and colleges will be expected to wear face coverings in all areas outside the classroom and on school transport.
Written Statement: Care Home Visits: Pilot of visitor testing and free care home visiting pods
Julie Morgan MS, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Vaughan Gething MS, Minister for Health and Social Services, Eluned Morgan MS, Minister for Mental Health, Wellbeing and Welsh Language
Coronavirus (COVID-19) related statistics and research
Latest data and analysis on the effect of coronavirus on society in Wales.
Public transport: guidance for operators
Transport providers follow this guidance to protect passengers from coronavirus.
Temporary visitor ‘pods’ for care homes to be rolled-out
Temporary ‘pods’ are being provided to care homes across Wales to better facilitate visits over Christmas and the winter months, the Health Minister has announced today [Monday 23].
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: https://immigration-health-surcharge-reimbursement.service.gov.uk/
Link to the guidance, if further detail required: https://www.gov.uk/
Self-declaration health forms – prospective foster carers
We are aware there are areas throughout Wales where prospective foster carers continue to experience difficulties with accessing GP health assessments. We have recently met with representatives to discuss how we can keep the foster care system flowing whilst maintaining our focus on safeguarding children, minimising disruption to the fostering process and maintaining sufficiency of foster care placements.
As a result of discussions, we have implemented some changes in relation to the use of the self-declaration health form. Details can be found in the attached letter.
Supported living guidance: coronavirus
Guidance on how people in supported living can see family and friends and stay safe with their support and care workers.
Care Inspectorate Wales
Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) annual report 2019-20 published
CIW has published its Chief Inspector’s Annual Report 2019-20, outlining its work throughout the previous financial year.
In addition to highlighting the work completed to improve care in Wales, the report acknowledges the impact of COVID-19 on people who use and work in social care and childcare services in Wales.
CIRCLE (Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities)
CIRCLE research papers on caring
The Centre for International Research on Care, Labour and Equalities has published a series of research papers relating to caring and COVID-19, including: