All healthcare staff can now access the ‘NHS Wales Staff Wellbeing Covid-19 webpages’ which provides a range of health and wellbeing resources to support staff at this difficult time. The HEIW Covid-19 Workforce Resource contains links to workforce planning guidance from the four nations and regulators and acts as a useful compendium of available workforce planning guidance as part of the Covid-19 pandemic.
We are actively involved in the emergency planning response to the current COVID-19 public health emergency. Our priority at this time is to use our expertise and resources to support our frontline NHS services in light of the increasing demands from the pandemic, and to maintain the safety and wellbeing of our staff and our learners across Wales.
HEIW staff are working from home and making the best use of technology to carry on our business as a virtual organisation. We have reviewed our IMTP and work programmes and have paused all non-essential work to focus on business continuity and support the COVID-19 response.
For further information on what we are doing to support students, trainees and the wider NHS at this time please see below and the relevant corresponding pages.
Working closely with regulators and partners, we are exploring and actioning various options on how we might increase and support the regulated workforce to support healthcare services during this period.
How everyone can help reduce the risk of catching or spreading Covid-19
To protect yourself and other people:
See full guidelines from Welsh Government here.
What to do if you have symptoms of Covid-19
You should self-isolate and apply for a Covid-19 test if you develop:
How long to self-isolate
If you need to stay at home follow this guidance for households with possible coronavirus.
The COVID-19 online symptom checker (on NHS 111 Wales) can tell you if you need medical help. Use the service if you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home or your condition gets worse. If you do not have internet access, call 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.
There is a lot of information being shared at this time, please remember to follow advice and guidance from trusted sources such as NHS 111 Wales, Welsh Government, HEIW, NHS Health Boards and Trusts, World Health Organization, Public Health Wales.
During outbreaks Public Health Wales (PHW) lead the response on behalf of NHS Wales providing daily updates, information and advice. For the latest official update and most up to date information and advice please visit the PHW website.