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.
Working closely with regulators, we are exploring various options on how we might increase the regulated workforce to support healthcare services during this period.
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:
What to do if you have symptoms of Coronavirus
You should stay at home if you develop either:
How long to stay at home
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:
If you have need to stay at home follow this self-isolation advice.
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/.