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Research, news in brief and resources round up for week commencing 1 February 2021Research, news in brief and resources round up for week commencing 1 February 2021

Brief news updates

Alert level 4 is continuing in Wales but a phased and flexible approach to returning children to school could commence following February half term, if the situation continues to improve. Press release.

Care inspectorate Wales have provided an update to confirm they will be continuing with their assurance checks of how well local authority social services are discharging their statutory functions towards people who need care and support and unpaid carers.

Novavax and Janssen have published positive outcomes for their phase 3 trials of their COVID-19 vaccines. The government has also secured more of the Valneva vaccine which is in phase I/II trials.

A circular on charging for social care has confirmed that capital limits, the minimum income guarantee and savings credit disregards will be remaining at their current levels in the 2021/22 financial year.

The Care Provider Alliance have responded to the new Workforce Capacity Fund guidance calling for the fund to be distributed at speed and for the development of a longer term People Plan.

Research and statistics

Care Inspectorate Wales have published their annual statistics on the care services that they regulate.

The Committee for Health in the Northern Ireland Assembly have published a report of the findings of their Inquiry Report on the Impact of COVID-19 in Care Homes. While most of the findings are focused on care homes, some of the recommendations have a wider scope - including the consideration of career pathways for social care and the need to consider the funding of all adult social care. 

The Government have responded to the Health and Social Care Committee's report on "Delivering core NHS and care services during the pandemic and beyond".

The Welsh Government have published a summary of their findings regarding social care market stability reporting.

The latest CQC COVID-19 Insight report includes the latest statistics on COVID prevalence and staff absence rates in homecare.

ONS Blog on ongoing work to estimate the size of the self-funding population.

Chief Medical Officer for Wales's special edition of annual report 2019-2020: protecting our health.

ONS update on Social Impacts of coronavirus.

Resources and events


Overcoming vaccine hesitancy in our diverse communities (GOV.UK blog)

Fact cards and summaries for your vaccination communications from DHSC.

Resources for raising awareness about vaccine fraud. (GOV.UK)

There are also resources for people with learning disabilities including this video and easy read guides to vaccination and the national lockdown.

Workforce recruitment, retention and wellbeing

Recruiting during the COVID-19 pandemic: sharing recruitment solutions - Skills for care webinars.

Delivering under pressure: supporting the wellbeing of frontline staff - a webinar on 11 February 2pm by the Local Government Association

National wellbeing hub webinars for social care workers in Scotland - everything from stress to parenthood to ballet.

Equality and Diversity

Increasing LGBT+ awareness in care & preparing for greater CQC scrutiny - Altura learning with the National Care Forum and Opening Doors, webinar on 24 February at 11.30.

The CQC LGBT+ network are running a series of online events through February. Find out more. 

Skills for Care are running webinars on "How to become an anti-racist organisation" and "Discrinination and care workers rights" Find out more.

Webinar for registered managers 11 February: Having conversations about workplace race equality issues (Skills for Care and ACAS) Register.


The Care Inspectorate in Scotland have published videos of their winter support webinars on improvement for Level I and II on their Hub website


The National Data Resource for Wales is hosting a webinar on social care data on 24 February 13.00-15.00.



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The Care Exchange (Skills for Care)

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