12 Oct 2021

Round up of news in Wales

Strategy for an Ageing Society: The Welsh Government have launched Age Friendly Wales: Our Strategy for an Ageing Society. The Strategy focuses on Older People's Rights and includes consideration of social care funding and paying for care. The Welsh Government is awaiting the outcome of the Comprehensive Spending Review before deciding how to use the funds raised by the national insurance increase and progressing their Rebalancing Care proposals. “I want Wales to be a nation that celebrates age” vows Deputy Minister for Social ServicesThe Older People's Commissioner for Wales has commented on Age Friendly Wales.

Postcode tool: Data Cymru have published a new tool so that people can find out their local authority and health board by entering their postcode.

Coronavirus Control Plan: The First Minister has published a new coronavirus control plan for this winter. This outlines increased controls should case rates rise.

Accolades: nominations are open for the 2022 Care Accolades.

What to expect from your social care worker: the Social Care Wales leaflet has been updated and translations added.

Staying well this winter: the Welsh Government have produced a leaflet for older people with tips for staying well this winter. English. Welsh.

Hospital Discharge: The British Red Cross are undertaking a survey on hospital discharges in Wales after May 2020. The survey closes on 18 October.

COVID booster vaccines: The Minister has announced that the majority of  those eligible will be offered a booster vaccine before 31 December 2021. An updated vaccination strategy has also been published.

E-learning on flu and COVID: A short Public Health Wales elearning module aimed at all health and social care staff now addresses flu and COVID-19 (it used to be just flu alone). It is recommended that all health and social care staff complete this 10 minute module (Flu/COVID-19One) this year.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: those working in social care who experience post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can now receive support from Health for Health Professionals. Access is via the Social Care Wales Employee Assistant Programme: [email protected] / 03332 129212.

Innovation: there are scholarships available to take part in the Bevan Commission's intensive learning week at the end of November: "Challenge, change and champion for better health and care". Find out more.