Personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection control

Continue to use PPE and prevent infection

All health and social care providers must use PPE and infection prevention and control (IPC) measures in all settings.


Accessing PPE supplies - residential, home care and drug and alcohol services.

Eligible residential care providers, home care providers and community drug and alcohol services can use the PPE portal to meet the extra need for PPE due to 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.


Care homes - PPE guidance

COVID-19: how to work safely in care homes – government guidance providing a minimum standard on the use of PPE and face masks in care homes.

Donning and doffing video – aimed at care homes, this video explains how to put on and remove PPE


Home care and extra care - PPE guidance

COVID-19: How to work safely in domiciliary care  – GOV.UK explains what PPE to use in the following settings:

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

Personal assistants - PPE guidance

Visit the Personal Assistants page for information on PPE for PAs.


Community workers - PPE guidance

Illustrated guide to PPE for for health and social care workers working in the community.


Infection prevention and control training

This training has been developed by Sussex CCGs. It's aimed at people working in Sussex based community care homes, hospices, domiciliary care, and personal care assistants.

The training covers causes of infection, cleaning methods, waste disposal and infection control laws and policies.

It lasts 1 hour and there are several dates to choose from throughout the year.

Visit Eventbrite for more information and to choose and book your place.


Other infection prevention resources