Care home manager represents on Wales Covid-19 BAME advisory sub-group

Shajitha Augustine, manager of our Picton Court Care Home in Porthcawl shares her sector knowledge and experience as a member of the all Wales BAME Covid-19 social care implementation sub-group.

The group focuses on engaging the social care sector in the work of the wider BAME advisory group which was set up in response to the increasing evidence and concern that Covid-19 is having a disproportionate impact on Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people.

The health and social care workforce, including our own colleagues, have worked tirelessly during the pandemic to look after some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

The sub-group that Shajitha is a part of aims is to ensure that a new risk assessment tool is used effectively in all social care settings to protect workers who are most at risk.

The self-assessment tool helps people working in the NHS and social care in Wales to identify if they are at a higher risk of developing more serious symptoms if they come into contact with the Covid-19 virus. The results then suggest how to stay safe and reasonable adjustments that should be made in the workplace.

Shajitha is an experienced care home manger who has worked for Hafod for over 11 years. She talked to us about the work she has been involved in so far. She said: “I’m very proud to be a part of this group and to contribute to good practice across Wales through my own experiences and those of my colleagues working on the frontline to care for our residents.

“The tool is easy to use and not only gives reassurance to colleagues but also to employers as they can proactively protect their workforce.”

You can access the tool and further guidance on the Welsh Government website.