Copies of all communications circulated since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic can be found here.
Latest Updates (25.06.22)
- Welsh Government TTP briefing note (issued 24 June) – Please click here to view an update on the Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) transition plans that form part of the Welsh Government’s ‘Together for a safe future: Wales long-term COVID-19 transition from pandemic to endemic’.
- Guidance update notification – On behalf of the Health Protection Guidance Group, please be advised of the following new or updated national guidance or documentation:
- WITHDRAWN: ADV-001 – Use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in social care settings (care homes and domiciliary care) v5
- Providers should revert to Infection Prevention and Control Measures for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) in Health and Care Settings
- Please note: COVID-19 guidance can be accessed using the Social Care pages of the Public Health Wales website.
- Removal of requirement to wear face covering in care settings – The Social Care Transition Plan: April – June 2022 has been amended and republished to reflect the removal of the legal requirement to wear a face covering in health and social care settings from 30 May. Care home providers and domiciliary support service providers will be able to risk assess the approach to mask wearing by staff when not providing direct personal care. Care homes have the discretion to risk assess whether face coverings are worn by visitors in public areas of the home. In the interest of good IP+C practice, there are no changes being made to the guidance on use of PPE when providing direct personal care.
- Please click here to view a letter from Albert Heaney CBE, Chief Social Care Officer for Wales re: The National Health Service and Social Care Coronavirus Life Assurance (Wales) Scheme 2020.
- The West Glamorgan region have been working on streamlining notifications of infection outbreaks in the Older Adult Care home sector. The Infection outbreak notification process is to be completed each time you experience an infectious outbreak and must be reported via the Care home ‘app’ daily. From Tuesday 24th May 2022, providers will be expected to use the functionality in the Care home app to report and manage all infection outbreak types. Please click here to view the guidance, which can also be found in the Infection Outbreak section of the app.
- Welsh Government clarification re: visiting and testing – Please click here to view the correspondence (issued 29 April) intended re-emphasise the importance of care home visiting and to clarify what visiting and testing arrangements should look like as we move from emergency response to business as usual.
- Primary Care Update Training – NB Medical training provider has been commissioned to deliver five Primary Care update courses. The courses are specific for SBUHB and have been heavily subsidised by Primary Care. Please click here for details on how to book and for the unique booking code to ensure you receive the allocated discount per professional group. Please note you must work within an independent contractor practice or PCTG service within SBUHB to be able to access these courses and associated discount.
- Education Opportunities for Nurses and Carers who work in Care Homes – Please click here to download a document outlining the opportunities available.
- COVID-19 Outbreaks in Care Homes: Flow Chart – Please click here to view the outbreak flow chart for care homes published on 6 April.
- Social Care Wales Registration – Being registered with Social Care Wales means you are part of a professional workforce and can show that you have skills and knowledge that are vital to providing good care and support to the people of Wales. The register is now being extended to new groups, including adult care home workers. Work is also underway to promote understanding around what being on the register means. Some materials are available on a dedicated page of the website. A Registration Booklet, information leaflet for employers, and poster are also available.
- Social Care Wales correspondence re: ‘Canopi’ and WeCare Wales survey – Please click here to view correspondence from Jon Day (Social Care Wales) re: a survey for newly recruited members of staff and details of a new mental health support service known as ‘Canopi’.
- Social Care Transition Plan (April – June 2022) – The Social Care Transition Plan: April – June 2022 has been published. This document is intended to provide the social care sector with an outline summary of changes to the Test, Trace, Protect (TTP) arrangements and IP&C guidance as we move out of Alert Level Zero. A quick reference guide to the key messages can be found at Annex 1.
- Testing flow chart for care homes – Please click here to view a flow chart outlining the steps that should be taken by care homes in relation to testing for COVID-19.
- Changes to arrangements for ordering PCR for staff asymptomatic testing in social care – Please click here for communications issued to Responsible Individuals re: PCR testing for asymptomatic staff.
- Surescreen instructions for use – Click here to view the ‘Instructions for Use’ for the Surescreen lateral flow tests. These are being distributed for assisted tests in social care settings. For further information contact: Covid19.SocialCareTesting@gov.wales
PPE & Infection Control
- Guidance on the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) in social care settings (care homes and domiciliary care) in Wales – The following link will take you to the updated guidance: UPDATED: ADV-001
- Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the Collaborative Management of Acute Respiratory Infection (ARI) in Residential Care Settings by the Health Protection System in Wales – This SOP clarifies the public health actions in response to incidents/outbreaks of ARI (including COVID-19) in care settings in Wales for the 2021/22 winter period. Please click here to view the document, which was produced on 19th November.
- Provider Q&A – Click here to view a recording of the provider question and answer session that took place on 3rd September and was attended by a number of providers from across the region, along with Welsh Government, CIW, PHW and TTP/EHO’s. A copy of a presentation from the Infection, Prevention and Control nurse and can be found here. Please click here to view a series of Frequently Asked Questions. Useful self isolation, outbreaks and visitor guidance flow charts can be found here. Guidance for a patient/service user facing health and social care workers following potential contact with COVID-19 can be found here. Information on the testing scheme for Health and Social Care workers who are identified as a contact can be found here.
- Use of PPE for Domiciliary Care – Please click here to view a series of Frequently Asked Questions on the use of PPE when supporting people in their own homes.
- PPE Reminder to Care Homes – Please be aware that fabric face coverings / fashion masks do not provide adequate protection in a care setting. The PPE masks issued by Local Authorities meet the required standards, and providers are asked to ensure staff wear the correct PPE at all times – Click here for more information.
- Public Health Wales – Advisory Note – Use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in Social Care Settings (Care Homes and Domiciliary Care) – Click here to view.
- A video guide indicating how PPE should be worn in Care Homes can be found to the right of this section.
- Public Health Wales are responsible for guidance to health professionals on managing coronavirus in Wales. This includes national guidance on infection control and PPE: https://gov.wales/public-health-wales-guidance-health-professionals
- Public Health Wales guidance and protocols for safe working practices within care homes can be found here: https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/information-for-healthcare-workers-in-wales/
- A downloadable copy of the latest Regional Protocol for PPE and Infection Control for Social Care Staff and Providers can be found here.
- Posters and other resources employers can print and display to help keep their premises safe – A series of downloadable resources can be found here.
- Public Health Wales’ ‘How are you feeling?’ campaign – https://phw.nhs.wales/topics/latest-information-on-novel-coronavirus-covid-19/staying-well-at-home/how-are-you-feeling/ (The ‘recite me’ function on the Public Health Wales website enables users to tailor the language, view and accessibility of the pages to suit their individual requirements – https://covid.reciteme.com/nhs-well-at-home-feeling/).
- Wellbeing Tools for Care Workers – Social Care Wales have developed a resource to support the health and well-being of social care workers during the coronavirus pandemic – https://socialcare.wales/service-improvement/health-and-well-being-resources-to-support-you-during-the-coronavirus-covid-19-pandemic
- Samaritans Wellbeing Support Line for Health and Social Care Workers – Click on the following link to view this specialist resource – https://heiw.nhs.wales/news/samaritans-wellbeing-support-line-for-health-and-social-care-workers-in-wales/
- Wellbeing Resources for Staff – Click here for details.
- Care Homes Activities Web Page – A variety of ideas for activities suitable for Care Home residents can be found on this newly created web page – www.westernbay.org.uk/care-home-activities/.
Providers are encouraged to share details of activities that have worked well for them by completing the short form at the bottom of the page.
- Care Home Cymru – A new website and app for health and social care has been developed by Improvement Cymru. It features a series of resources to help improve the quality of care for older and vulnerable people across Wales. Click here to view.
- Guidance for employing 16 and 17 year olds in the social care sector – Please click here to view guidance issued by Care Inspectorate Wales.