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Work and career opportunities up for grabs at Carmarthenshire jobs fair

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People will have the opportunity to speak face to face with industry representatives and receive support to apply for positions with employers

A JOBS fair is being held to help people looking for work secure opportunities in key business sectors that are urgently looking for staff.

The South West Wales Regional Learning and Skills Partnership is hosting the fair in association with Communities for Work and Workways to support businesses in the transport and logistics, hospitality and health and social care sectors – all of which currently have a number of job openings.

People will have the opportunity to speak face to face with industry representatives and receive support to apply for positions with employers including Carmarthenshire County Council’s social care, catering and cleansing teams, private care providers Paddacare and Swanton Care along with Carers Trust Crossroads; Castell Howell Foods, Owens Transport, TRJ Ltd and Army Reserves.

Job seekers are encouraged to call in between 10am and 2pm at the former Topshop in St Catherine’s Walk, Carmarthen, on Wednesday September 22; at Stepney Street, Llanelli, on Thursday September 23, and at Quay Street, Ammanford, on Friday September 24.

Edward Morgan, Chair of the Regional Learning and Skills Partnership, said: “This is an opportunity for anyone looking for work or considering a career change to speak to the people who have a variety of vacancies to find out about what they have on offer to potential employees.

“All of the business sectors available at the fairs have immediate vacancies to fill – we want to help match people with the right skills and ambitions to the right jobs.

“We are working with the Department for Work and Pensions as well as Communities for Work and Workways to support people through the application process and any training that may be required for certain positions.”

Cllr Emlyn Dole, Leader of Carmarthenshire County Council and Cabinet Member for Regeneration, added: “Supporting businesses to recover in light of the Covid pandemic and Brexit, and supporting people to find sustainable employment, are key priorities for the council as part of our economic recovery plan.

“There are certain sectors that are struggling to recruit people at the moment and we are doing everything we can to support them – that includes our own teams within the council, especially the care, catering and cleansing teams where we need more people to join our team.

“This is an excellent opportunity for anyone looking for work, a change of direction, of just starting their career journey. We hope it is well attended and helps bring job seekers and recruiters together.”

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No monkeypox cases identified in Wales say public health officials

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THE UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has detected 11 additional cases of monkeypox in England.

The latest cases bring the total number of monkeypox cases confirmed since May 6 to 20.

The new cases come on top of the nine already identified in the country.

There are currently no cases of monkeypox identified in Wales, public health in Wales have said.

Public Health Wales said it is working with the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA), Public Health Scotland, and Northern Ireland HSC Health Protection Agency to respond to UK cases of monkeypox.

Richard Firth, Consultant in Health Protection for Public Health Wales, said: “We are working closely with our UK partners to monitor and respond to cases of monkeypox in the UK. Monkeypox is a rare disease that has been reported mainly in central and West African countries. No cases have so far been identified in Wales.”

“Monkeypox does not spread easily between people and the overall risk to the general public is very low. It is usually a mild self-limiting illness, and most people recover within a few weeks. However, severe illness can occur in some individuals.”

The first case in the current outbreak was confirmed on May 6.

It is not the first time monkeypox has been reported in the UK.

Three cases were also reported in 2021, two of them in Wales.

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Huge increase in demand for rehabilitation services in Wales in past six months.

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A SURVEY by the Royal College of Occupational Therapists (RCOT) has found that 68% of its members in Wales reported an increase in demand for occupational therapy services and that 75% of its members in Wales feel as though they are unable to provide the necessary support to patients. The findings raise questions about the prospects of providing timely rehabilitation support, which is vital to people’s recovery from short term illnesses and the long-term management of health issues.

As the country begins to ‘live with COVID’, already overstretched, rehabilitation services have seen demand rocket over the past two years due to the COVID pandemic and are now seeing a further rapid increase in patients. The findings raise questions about the prospects of providing timely rehabilitation, for people recovering from short- and long-term illnesses, and need urgent support to live independently carry out their daily lives.

The survey, which over 550 occupational therapists working across the UK took part in, found that:

84% are supporting people whose needs have become more complex due to delayed interventions arising from the pandemic
82% of respondents noted increased demand for occupational therapy-led rehabilitation over the previous six months.
71% of respondents felt there were not enough OTs to meet demand.
66% of respondents reported difficulties in delivering rehabilitation services due to reduced access to facilities, suitable space and equipment.
50% are supporting people affected by Long Covid.

Commenting on the survey, RCOT Director of Practice and Innovation, Karin Orman said:

“It’s clear from this survey that rehabilitation services across Wales and the rest of UK are overloaded, with the vast majority of occupational therapists seeing a huge increase in demand and complexity of their caseload over the last six months alone. This simply isn’t sustainable and there isn’t a big enough workforce to currently meet demand.

“Across the UK, health and social care leaders need to invest more in rehabilitation services and drive the recruitment of more occupational therapists as a matter of urgency. Not in a few years but now. As leaders of rehabilitation services, occupational therapists are a vital part of the solution to getting through the backlog of people needing intervention. The maths is simple – the quicker people have access to rehabilitation services, the better their chances at getting back to doing the things they need and love to do.”

Russell George MS, Chair of the Health and Social Care Committee of the Senedd said:

“The Health and Social Care Committee has recently undertaken a detailed inquiry into the impact of waiting times on people in Wales. We firmly believe that effective rehabilitation and reablement are vital to ensure that people can stay healthy after they have received their treatment.

“A key recommendation of the committee to the Welsh Government is that the Minister for Health and Social Services should set out what action is being taken to ensure that health boards are providing suitable venues for the delivery of services such as rehabilitation and occupational therapy both in hospitals, on the primary care estate, and in the community.

“We look forward to receiving the response of the Welsh Government.”

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Those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster should get jabbed by end of June

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ALL those eligible for the Spring Covid-19 booster are being urged to take up their offer of the vaccine before the end of next month.

A deadline of 30 June has been introduced to ensure all those eligible for the spring booster will have a long-enough interval between this and the autumn 2022 booster, if they are also eligible.

An announcement by the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI) about which groups will be eligible for the autumn booster is due to be published shortly.

The JCVI has advised that people over-75, older care home residents and all those aged 12 years and over who are immunosuppressed are eligible for the spring booster.

Those who are 75 on or before 30 June, can get their booster at any point up to the deadline.

Health Minister Eluned Morgan said: “It is important we continue our very high take up levels of the vaccine to help protect us against the risk of serious illness from Covid-19. I would urge everyone who is offered a spring booster vaccination takes up the invitation.”

If someone eligible for a spring booster has had a Covid infection recently, they will need to wait 28 days from the date they tested positive before they can be vaccinated. They will still be able to get vaccinated after 30 June as part of this campaign if they have to postpone their appointment.

All those eligible for spring boosters will be invited by their health board or GP.

It is not too late for anyone who needs a primary dose (first, second or third) to be vaccinated.

Please check for local arrangements.

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