Personal Protective equipment

New COVID-19: guidance on residential care, supported living and home care is also available online: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-residential-care-supported-living-and-home-care-guidance

Please note in particular the sections on 'what to do when a resident or someone you are supporting has COVID-19' and the following website has useful information on how to manage hygiene https://www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary-care/infection-control/

Frequently asked questions on wearing PPE

Visual guide to PPE

West Sussex County Council have released this useful information on PPE

Where can I get personal protective equipment (PPE) from?

Independent Lives is keeping in touch with Local Authorities and the NHS about how DP employers can access PPE supplies should they run out and not be able to purchase them via normal means.

Croydon
Croydon have confirmed that their customers with confirmed Coronavirus can obtain PPE from their local GPs. If PPE cannot be accessed via GP surgery please contact your continuing health care team who will collate information on what PPE is required and contact the Local Resilience Forum. The forum should be able to make local arrangements for delivery of the required PPE to individual PHB holders where needed (e.g. by enlisting volunteers, or via GP practices).

West Sussex
Personal assistants are critical front-line key workers delivering personal care to vulnerable people. The new Public Health England guidance updated on 12 April 2020, now makes it more important that PA’s are accessing the right PPE.

Due to demand for PPE nationally, you may find it difficult to source appropriate PPE in the market and the supply chains are very stretched. If your PA’s are providing care in circumstances described in the PHE guidance that recommends the use of PPE and as an employer you have been unable to source what you need or your stocks are running critically low; then please contact us [email protected] in the first instance. We will be your first point of contact and will escalate your request for PPE directly to West Sussex County Council (WSCC), who may be able to support you with a limited emergency supply of PPE from the Local Resilience Forum stock. Customers with a Personal Health Budget can also make a request for PPE in the same way.

Before we can escalate your request we will need to establish that your PA’s do need to use PPE in accordance with the PHE guidance. When you contact us we will ask you about your situation, your need for PPE and if you meet the criteria for support; we will then pass on the request. If a supply of PPE is available then delivery will be made directly to the address of the person you support and will usually occur within 24 to 48 hours from the time that the request is made.

PPE Suppliers - please note we cannot guarantee they have stock & prices are rather expensive:

Dementia Signs: https://www.dementiasigns.co.uk/covid-19/

Nexon Hygiene: https://www.nexonhygiene.co.uk/personal-protection-c5/covid-19-c2217