Information and Latest Updates for Care Homes
This page was created during the COVID-19 pandemic to provide Care Homes with a one-stop shop for up-to-date guidelines and other relevant communications.
Although the UK government has declared the COVID-19 emergency over, this page will continue to be updated periodically. Click on the + symbol to the right of each heading to view the content.
Any queries should be directed to the West Glamorgan Transformation Office via email at email@example.com
- ‘Volunteering in Care Homes’ – A good practice guide – Please click here to view a newly created guide designed to provide an overview of how volunteers can add value in care homes, and the considerations you should make when thinking of involving volunteers. This has been produced as part of the West Glamorgan Volunteering Support project. A Welsh language version is also available.
- ACP Survey of Care Homes in Swansea Bay – Please click here to complete a survey regarding Advance Care Planning (ACP) activity undertaken when supporting patients in the last year, months, weeks, days of life.
- Distribution of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to Social Care Settings – Please click here to view a letter from Welsh Government on the decision to extend the funding for free provision of PPE to social care settings for a further three months (to the end of June 2023).
- Care Homes Action Plan: Final Update – Please click here to view the latest version of the Welsh Government’s Care Homes Action Plan (updated 13 March 2023).
- Welsh Government Letter of Thanks – Please click here to view a letter issued by Albert Heaney CBE (Chief Social Care Officer for Wales) to thank the social care workforce for all your hard work and dedication.
- Diabetes Education and Information Resource – An all Wales group of diabetes specialists have launched Diabetes Education and Information Resource, an internet site to support those caring for people with diabetes – www.diabetes-care.wales/.
- COVID-19 Boosters for Staff – Care providers are asked to inform staff that the COVID-19 booster vaccine is now available to anyone working in a social care setting. Staff are welcome to drop into any of the region’s vaccination sites without an appointment. Please encourage all staff to attend.
- Pathway for the current testing arrangements for staff and residents in care homes across Swansea Bay – Please click here for details.
- Registration of social care workers with Social Care Wales – You will be aware that all care staff working in care homes for children, secure accommodation or domiciliary support services must register with Social Care Wales (SCW) within six months of the date they start employment. This requirement will be extended to all adult care home workers in Wales from 1 October 2022. Please click here for details.
- 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 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.
- Visit We Care Wales for information on vacancies in care settings –https://www.wecare.wales/jobs/
- You can promote vacancies within your organisation using the Twitter hashtag #WeCareWalesJobs