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Members Bulletin
2nd July 2020
ADSS Cymru & Tier 3 members' bulletin July 2020
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In this issue we highlight our response to the ongoing Covid-19 crisis and highlight other key issues impacting on social care.


Coronavirus (Covid-19) Support for Commissioned Providers

ADSS Cymru is working in partnership with CIW, Social Care Wales, WLGA and Welsh Government to produce a document detailing support for Commissioned Providers. The guidance lists a range of pressures and actions that commissioners may take to address them in dealing with issues arising from the current Covid-19 crisis. This page will continue to be updated as and when necessary.

We are also working with the National Commissioning Board, Welsh Government and others to compile a bulletin drawing together links to the latest updates on guidance for care providers as it has been suggested that there is a need for a consistent source of information. We’re aiming for this to be published on Wednesday. This will also be featured on our website and regularly updated, with emails going out to keep raising awareness.

The bulletin will be featured here: 

Welsh Government / Partner Organisation News


Safeguarding the health and social care workforce in Wales is our priority.

The All Wales COVID-19 Workforce Risk Assessment Tool is designed to be suitable for use for all health and social care staff. The Tool helps you to consider your personal risk factors for COVID-19 and what you can do to help you stay safe.

Here are the links to the Workforce Risk Assessment Tool, that went live this week:



The Older People’s Commissioner for Wales is calling on the Welsh Government to publish an action plan to protect and support older people living in care homes in Wales. 

Her call comes alongside the publication of a new report – Care Home Voices: A snapshot of life in care homes in Wales during Covid-19 – which highlights the issues and challenges that care home residents and staff have faced during the pandemic. 

The report is based on the experiences of older people living in care homes, their families and friends, and care home managers and staff – whose voices are included throughout - and examines how the response to Covid-19 and subsequent lockdown have impacted upon older people. 

Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Heléna Herklots CBE, said:

“In recent months we have seen a tragedy unfolding in our care homes, and it has concerned me greatly that the voices of people living and working in our care homes – experts by experiences – have not been sufficiently heard. 

“This report provides a snapshot of life in care homes in Wales during the pandemic and highlights the significant impact that Covid-19 has had on residents and staff, and the issues and challenges they have faced. 

“It also highlights examples of good practice that has made a positive difference to older people’s lives during the past few months, particularly the dedication and commitment of care home staff".

The full report can be read here:

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has produced some guidance around this general challenges of making LPAs during lockdown which may be found at this link:

There is also guidance for attorneys and deputies about acting as an attorney or deputy during lockdown, which may be found here: 

Remissions and exemptions
OPG has also provided some guidance around the costs of applying for an LPA:

£82 application fee to register a lasting power of attorney (LPA) or an enduring power of attorney (EPA)
£41 repeat application fee to register an LPA or EPA

This form also explains how and when to pay the fees:

Your Voice. Your Decision campaign.

The aim of this campaign is to spread the message about the importance of Lasting Power of Attorney (LPAs) among low socio-economic groups, and those from a BAME background who have been disproportionately affected by Coronavirus.  

OPG would like to invite you to join their network of LPA partners and attend a video conference induction session on Microsoft Teams. 

Please read more about Becoming an LPA partner in the attachment, and if you’d like to get 
involved, book your session at: 

BASW has this week published its Social Work and Wellbeing and Working Conditions best practice toolkit. For further details, please follow this link:


GamCare is the leading provider of services for people living with gambling problems.  They provide free training on problem gambling awareness, and how this impacts negatively on affected others.  The training covers signs, symptoms and triggers, and how to refer to their free treatment services.


Problem Gambling is an increasing public health issue, and there is a lack of awareness of services available to support people.  Problem Gambling can affect everyone, a colleague or someone we may work with in our professional capacity.

GamCare are currently providing online awareness training, which is presented via zoom.  Please see the links below for further details and if you'd like to be involved:

11th and 13th  13:00 to 15:00

25/08/2020 13:00 to 15:00




Current Consultations
All current consultations have been paused in light of the current Covid-19 crisis. For further information on any outstanding consultations, please contact Paul Pavia.
Click here to email Paul Pavia, ADSS Cymru Policy and Research Lead (
Key Dates for Members

NSCC2020 Conference *Cancelled*

09 & 10 September 2020
Venue Cymru, Llandudno
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