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03rd December 2021

Social Care In Vision – Wales (Last Update: 03.12.2021)

Download our latest Social Care highlights for Wales below. It features the latest updates on health and social care testing flow charts (COVID-19), the EU settlement scheme and more! 

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COVID-19: Health and social care testing flow charts (COVID-19) – Updated 15th November

The government have issued a number of flow charts to support with testing requirements. For more information click here.

COVID-19: No changes to COVID rules as First Minister thanks Wales for helping to bring case rates down – Updated 17th November

Press release following the 3 week review highlighting that no changes will be made to the coronavirus rules. For more information read the Chief Medical Officer’s statement here.

EU settlement scheme – guidance for applicants – Updated 18th November

Updated in relation to the continuous residents provision being added to the Immigration Rules. For more information click here.

Avian Influenza – recognising risk exposures among symptomatic persons with recent international travel – Published 18th November

UKHSA advice on recognising possible human cases and how to access testing. For more information click here.

Advice for UK visa applicants and temporary UK residents – Updated 19th November

Guidance updated in relation to the section on if you are applying to enter the UK or remain on the basis of family or private life. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Changes to international travel rules – Updated 19th November

Proof of vaccination will now be required for all children and young people under 18 arriving in Wales from non-red list countries. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Infection prevention and control for seasonal respiratory infections in health and care settings for winter 2021 – 2022 – Updated 22nd November

Guidance updated and supersedes previos UK IPC guidance for maintaining services within health and care settings. For more information click here.

COVID-19 vaccination – booster dose resources – Updated 23rd November

Links to booster vaccination resources in light of the eligibability criteria changing. For more information click here.

COVID-19: International Travel Changes – Updated 27th November

Statement on international travel arrangements following the latest variant, Omicron. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Rules for international travel to and from Wales – Updated 28th November

Guidance updated on international travel arrangements following the latest variant, Omicron. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Variants identified in the UK– Updated 28th November

Guidance updated with information about the latest variant, Omicron. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Government takes decisive action against new COVID-19 variant – Published 28th November

The Government have announced that from 30th November face coverings will be mandatory in shops and on public transport. All travellers returning to the UK will also require a PCR test. For more information click here.

MHRA alert – Update on the COVID-19 Variant B.1.1.529 – Published 28th November

Alert issued by the MHRA on the new variant and has been established as a variant of concern. For more information click here.

COVID-19: International travel changes – Cabinet statement 29th November

Cabinet statement on the international travel changes coming into force on 30th November 2021. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Vaccination – JCVI further advice on boosters – Published 29th November

Announcement of the JCVI review and that all adults over 18 are eligible for the booster vaccination. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Addition of COVID booster vaccinations to the digital NHS COVID Pass – Updated 29th November

Announcement that from 27th November COVID boosters will be visible on the NHS COVID Pass as proof. For more information click here.

COVID-19: the green book chapter 14a – Updated 30th November

Guidance updated to include information about variants and advice around the booster vaccinations. For more information click here.

COVID-19: Raising awareness about COVID Pass fraud – Published 30th November

Promotional material to support raising awareness. For more information click here.

CIW Newsletter - Notifications– Updated November 2021

Within the latest CIW newsletter it has been highlighted that providers must do the following in relation to COVID-19 notifications:

We have become aware some providers are not notifying us about confirmed cases of COVID-19 among people living at their services or staff employed there.

We appreciate this remains a very busy and difficult time for you. National guidance may change on the definition of an outbreak, however it is important you continue notify us of each confirmed COVID positive case in staff or people using the service as this is a legal obligation under our section 32 powers.

We collect this information to enable us to identify any patterns or trends in services and to draw conclusions about the safety and stability of services e.g. staffing pressures. This also helps us support you by ensuring we keep the national picture alive and current. 

Inspectors will be following up instances where notifications are not made and will also be reviewing this at inspection.

CIW Newsletter – Adult care home worker registration due by October 2022 – Updated 1st December

A reminder that adult care home workers have until October 2022 to register, after which it will become mandatory. For more information click here.

COVID-19: NHS COVID Pass: help getting your pass – Updated 1st December

Guidance updated on the frequently asked questions and what to do if you are now eligible for the NHS COVID Pass. For more information click here.

Policy Updates 

  • All coronavirus policies and Resource Centre documents continue to be reviewed and updated in light of government updates

Risk Assessment Updates

  • All risk assessments continue to be updated in light of government updates

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Emily Kerrigan

Domiciliary Care Policy Lead

Emily has a background in quality and compliance with specific expertise in audit. Her previous roles have included working with domiciliary care branches that required improvement and supporting them to action plan and improve their quality and compliance. Working at one of the largest UK domiciliary care providers ensured Emily was exposed to significant numbers of CQC, CIW and Care Inspectorate Scotland inspections. She led internal audits bench marking against regulatory standards , supporting managers in the drive to deliver high quality care and support. Emily has a proven track record in supporting the transformation of branches that require improvement, moving them to compliant and on the journey to outstanding. Read more

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