COVID-19 guidance on wearing the correct personal protective equipment (PPE) can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-for-people-receiving-direct-payments/coronavirus-covid-19-qa-for-people-receiving-a-personal-budget-or-personal-health-budget#wearing-ppe

Please note in particular the sections on ‘using PPE safely’ and ‘safe infection control in households’. The following website has useful information on how to manage hygiene www.england.nhs.uk/coronavirus/primary- care/infection-control/

Guidance has been updated that details the need to change PPE after each episode of personal care, and new recommendations around the use of eye protection when delivering personal care within 2 metres.

You can find the latest guidance around working safely here, as well as the PPE guidance for working in areas of sustained transmission risk here.


Where can I get PPE?

You can now claim free PPE if you are a direct payment customer who employs a personal assistant or informal carer.

This new offer has been made possible as more PPE supplies have been made available by central government. Now all those providing care who are not registered with the Care Quality Commission and who need to wear PPE due to COVID-19, can request this free of charge.

This is in line with the Government’s PPE strategy to stabilise and build resilience and is currently available. This will be reviewed regularly.

For more information about obtaining free PPE, read the Government advice page here.

If you live in West Sussex, from 21 June 2021 you need to use a new on-line form to place your orders, you can do so here: PPE Request - West Sussex Self Service.

You will have the option to sign up for an account to manage your service requests and accounts. Creating an account saves you time with auto-completion of your contact information when completing forms and the ability to view a history of your requests and accounts. This will only take a few minutes set up.

If you need any further information, please contact West Sussex County Council at [email protected]

Direct Payment employers in Croydon can submit a PPE request by emailing [email protected]

As always, we’re also available for advice and support at [email protected]


User fit testing of PPE

It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure all staff who deliver aerosol generating procedures are trained to wear appropriate PPE, and that fit testing of equipment is taking place. Up until the 24 July Continuing Health Care has offered this training, but post this date they are no longer able to provide this additional support.

FFP3, or P3 respirators, are recommended for use as respiratory protective equipment during aerosol generating procedures and require a fit test prior to use. Positive pressure hoods may also be used as an alternative and do not require a fit test.

The CCG training will cease 24/07/2020 after which training should be obtained from an independent fit to fit approved trainer at the employer’s expense.  If you need to you may apply for funding to cover the cost of this training for your personal assistants. If your carers are employed by an agency the agency is responsible for maintaining the necessary level of staff training.

A list of approved trainers can be found on the Fit2Fit website: https://www.fit2fit.org/

It is the employer’s responsibility under health and safety at work act 1974 that staff required to wear disposable FFP3 (or reusable P3 respirators) should have access to them and be fit tested to ensure they know how to wear them properly. Personal assistants must understand how to create and check the seal every time it is worn. If a different brand or model of mask is purchased the user will need to be re-fit tested as not all masks fit in the same way.

An alternative to using a FFP3 or P3 is a positive pressure hood. These are reusable and suitable for all staff including those with facial hair. Positive pressure hood do not need to be fit tested and may offer an alternative to using FFP3 or P3 masks and should be ordered from suppliers. Please be aware there can be long lead in times for these.

The list of what constitutes an AGP during the COVID-19 outbreak can be found here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/886668/COVID-19_Infection_prevention_and_control_guidance_complete.pdf


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