Coronavirus

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.

In line with Government advice, to protect our staff and the general public we have closed our offices for the next three weeks.  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.

The latest guidance for trainees and students
The latest guidance for trainers, educators and employers
Increasing workforce

Working closely with regulators, we are exploring various options on how we might increase the regulated workforce to support healthcare services during this period.

HEIW work to support the NHS workforce
 
Additional information:

How everyone can help reduce the risk of catching or spreading Coronavirus

Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places.

To protect yourself and other people:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water often – do this for at least 20 seconds. Hand washing guidance can be found here.
  • Always wash your hands when you get home or into work
  • Use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water are not available
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away and wash your hands afterwards
  • Try to avoid close contact with people who are unwell
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

What to do if you have symptoms of Coronavirus

You should stay at home if you develop either:

  • A high temperature – you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
  • A new, continuous cough – this means you've started coughing repeatedly

How long to stay at home

  • If you live alone and you have symptoms of Coronavirus illness, however mild, stay at home for 7 days from when your symptoms started.
  • If you live with others and you or one of them have symptoms of Coronavirus, then all household members must stay at home and not leave the house for 14 days. The 14-day period starts from the day when the first person in the house became ill.
  • If you live with someone who is 70 or over, has a long-term condition, is pregnant or has a weakened immune system, try to find somewhere else for them to stay for 14 days.
  • If you have to stay at home together, try to keep away from each other as much as possible.

Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital. You do not need to contact 111 to tell them you're staying at home.

You should only contact 111 if:

  • You feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home
  • Your condition gets worse
  • Your symptoms do not get better after 7 days

If you have need to stay at home follow this self-isolation advice.

Information

There is a lot of information being shared at this time, please remember to follow advice and guidance from trusted sources such as NHS Direct Wales, Welsh Government, HEIW, NHS Direct Wales, NHS Health Boards and Trusts, World Health Organization, Public Health Wales.

During outbreaks Public Health Wales 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 their website https://phw.nhs.wales/.

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