Enclosed settings cell changes

From Monday 22 June, our enclosed settings cell changed the way it works to better suit the role of Public Health Wales in the Welsh Government’s Test, Trace, Protect strategy.

The cell began operating on 15 March to provide specialist advice and support for the management of cases, clusters and incidents in enclosed settings across Wales.

Most of this work is now being managed at a local level, with our staff providing specialist support, when needed. This is in line with the national role the organisation is taking in case finding and contact tracing efforts.

  • Provides national expertise in the form of guidance and training to partners
  • Facilitates ‘Once for Wales’ functions, such as a helpline for professional enquiries, a self-reporting line and daily access to a specialist health protection resource
  • Provides specialist Health Protection support and advice to respond to complex cases, clusters and incidents at the regional level

While the closed setting cell will no longer operate as a dedicated cell, different systems and structures have been set up to allow this work to continue at a national level.

Closed settings work will continue to be led by Jyoti Atri (strategic), Julie Bishop (operational) and Rhianwen Stiff (specialist health protection).

Jyoti Atri, Executive Director of Health and Wellbeing, said:

“I want to thank everyone who has worked so hard in the closed settings cell over the last few months.

“The work has been very demanding and you have all coped admirably.

“Work in this area will of course continue and as we come out of lockdown, there are likely to be incidents in other settings and many of you are likely to continue to be part of the response.

“I’m sure you will continue to do a brilliant job.”