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COVID-19 updates for adult social care and health providers


Personal protective equipment (PPE)

On Monday 19 July 2021, England moved to Step 4 of the roadmap and most COVID-19 legal restrictions have been lifted. Although most people are now fully vaccinated, it is still possible to catch and spread COVID-19 and we are still in the third wave of this pandemic.

Continue to use PPE and infection prevention and control measures

Due to the nature and vulnerability of people receiving care in health and social care settings, it is important that PPE and infection prevention and control (IPC) measures are used in all settings after 19 July to help keep staff and those they care for safe.

Help keep those you care for safe by spreading the word

Help us 'max the vax' and share information on how to access COVID-19 vaccination walk in clinics taking place across Sussex.

Accessing PPE supplies

Eligible health and social care providers (residential and home care providers) can use the PPE portal to meet the extra need for PPE that has arisen as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Information on eligibility is in the PPE portal guidance.

You should not use the portal to order PPE for non-COVID-19 requirements. You should get this through your normal channels.

If you are not eligible for the portal and/or you cannot obtain PPE through any other route and have run out or will do so imminently, contact the National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR) on 0800 915 9964.

PPE guidance for care homes

COVID-19: How to work safely in care homes

The COVID-19: How to work safely in care homes guidance on determining the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to use is regularly updated.

It is aimed at all care workers working in care homes in England. It is also relevant for visitors or essential care-givers in care homes.

Webinar on updates to this guidance

A one hour webinar covering the latest changes to PPE guidance was hosted on 18 May 2021 by the DHSC, chaired by Chief Nurse Deborah Sturdy.

Webinar: COVID-19 How to work safely in care homes

PPE guidance for home care (domiciliary care)

COVID-19: How to work safely in domiciliary care 

COVID-19: How to work safely in domiciliary care government guidance on what Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to use is regularly updated. 

This resource is primarily for care workers and providers delivering care in the following settings:

  • visiting home care
  • extra care housing
  • live-in home care

Updates reflect the current COVID-19 situation in England, the latest scientific evidence at this stage of the pandemic and stakeholder and user feedback.

PPE for Personal Assistants

See our Personal Assistants page for information on PPE for PAs.

Resources on PPE and infection control