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Adjustments to the work of Dyfodol in the light of the coronavirus outbreak - Updated 08 April 2020
By next weekend, those with the most serious health conditions must be "largely shielded from social contact for around 12 weeks".
Additionally, on Wednesday 18th March, the Welsh Government announced the extended closure of schools from 20th March 2020.
Our broader rehabilitative work remains of great importance and we will be considering in the coming days, how we utilise our teams to provide effective service user support remotely. In addition to, how we can be innovative and creative given the restrictions that we face.
Outline of key decision-making processes:
To clarify the processes we have in place due to issues surrounding COVID-19; it is important for us to consult and collaborate with our consortium partners, including our Health Boards, Area Planning Boards, Police and Welsh Government colleagues.
Senior consortium managers across areas, along with differing commissioners and clinical consultants are holding daily conference calls at 9:00am, and agreed actions are then shared with local managers.
In the immediate term, to protect our staff, service users and partners from infection we are implementing the following measures:
Staff with underlying conditions (see link below) are to work from home. If staff have mild versions of those conditions then the decision can be made locally collaboratively manager - practitioner. Core work for home workers to start with telephone contact with service users, work on Palbase, CSPs and other remote facilities and then extending to online training (E.g. Welsh Government Safeguarding Training) and research, intervention developments.
Staff who are symptomatic or who have symptomatic people in their households are to remain at home for 14 days. If not unwell, these staff may be capable of working from home.
Staff who are well and who do not have underlying conditions will remain in work but arrangements will be made for them to restrict their time in the workplace and therefore their exposure to others. This will be achieved by:
Service users who are present and symptomatic, will not be admit to our buildings and communication will be via telephone where possible.
Service users who are symptomatic and are prescribed by isolate at home should nominate a relative to our base to pick up doses. If no support is available, we can deal with these situations as and when they arise.
We are seeking volunteers from other commissioned services who can assist in with this.
We will enable partners to communicate with us as seamlessly as possible, by distributing our contact details. We will be collaborative and considerate to other agencies when making decisions about the nature and frequency of contact we are having with service users, particularly those whose offending behaviour is linked with their substance misuse.
For further information please see the link below with Guidance from the Welsh Government:
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