The ADSS Cymru Business Unit has continued to provide valuable support to the social care sector throughout the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic by co-ordinating and disseminating a weekly bulletin to care providers and key stakeholders, capturing the latest information and guidance around care provision during the crisis. The team have been working in partnership with Welsh Government, Social Care Wales, Care Inspectorate Wales, WLGA and the National Commissioning Board on this. Each weekly issue of the bulletin can be accessed via the ADSS Cymru website.

In addition, the business unit has led on the development of a guidance document for commissioned providers, working with partners across the health and care sector. The first iteration of the document was produced at the end of March with the revised edition due to be published this week.

The business unit has been working hard to support all ADSS Cymru members to engage with the sector on important aspects of delivering care during the pandemic, by facilitating regular meetings across the social care leadership, carrying out research, collating intelligence and liaising with key partners including Welsh Government. We’ve also been supporting our partners to share information across our communications channels, including the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales’s call for care home residents, family members and staff to share their experiences https://olderpeoplewales.com/en/carehomevoices.aspx; along with the children’s commissioner’s survey of children’s experiences of the pandemic.

As we look to the near future, and explore how best we can support the membership of ADSS Cymru and the wider sector to engage and develop their learning on key issues following the cancellation of September’s National Social Care Conference, the business unit will be giving more focus to developing an event – be it one that takes place face-to-face or virtually – for the late Autumn. Stay tuned for further updates on this…

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