Personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies
Information and advice on the supplies of personal protective equipment during the coronavirus outbreak.
Before ordering equipment, please read the current guidance on the links below:
- How to work safely in domiciliary care in England
- How to work safely in care homes
- Guidance on PPE at GOV.UK
- Advice on shielding at GOV.UK
What steps should I take to order PPE?
- Try your normal suppliers
- Get in touch with other local suppliers and your own organisation
- If you are a provider registered with the Care Quality Commission, you can order PPE via the Government PPE portal.
- Source a provider from the PPE suppliers list. You can find details of how to access this below.
If you have been unable to access PPE through any of the above channels and you need an emergency supply of equipment, you can send a PPE referral to the Local Resilience Forum (LRF) who will seek to supply you with equipment.
You will need to complete the criteria contained in the PPE request sheet (ODS) and email this to firstname.lastname@example.org entitled 'Urgent PPE request' with your requirements.
Following submission of your request the LRF will contact you directly to confirm delivery/collection. The address for collection is: ESPO Grove Park, Barnsdale Way, Leicester, LE19 1ES.
Accessing the PPE suppliers list
Various PPE suppliers have been in contact with us (the council) stating they are able to supply PPE. However, we have not undertaken any due diligence checks on these suppliers and have not verified whether the PPE equipment being offered meets quality standard, accreditation requirements, prices being offered, lead in times and their stock levels. Therefore, it is your organisation’s responsibility to ensure that items are suitable; of a standard and specification that your organisation requires; and to decide whether to use these suppliers as an alternative, in case your regular suppliers are unable to currently provide your PPE equipment.
We give no warranty as to the fitness for the purpose of the PPE; your organisation is entirely responsible for complying with its legal obligations as employer and otherwise in relation to the use of PPE; we accept no liability in relation to the use of any of these companies for the provision of PPE or disposal of the PPE; and by receiving any PPE from these suppliers, your organisation indemnifies us (council) against any costs, claims or any other liabilities arising from the use of these companies for the provision or disposal of PPE.
To view the most up to date list of these PPE suppliers, please email your request for a copy of the list to email@example.com with the subject line ‘PPE Suppliers List.’
Personal assistants and other care staff should use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) when caring for you during activities that bring them into close personal contact, such as washing and bathing, continence support, assistance with eating and drinking and when in contact with bodily fluids, whether or not you develop symptoms of COVID-19. If you are one of the people who has been identified as ‘extremely clinically vulnerable’ and should be shielded (GOV.UK), your personal assistant, should use, as a minimum, a single-use, disposable plastic apron, a surgical mask and gloves when visiting, even if they are not providing washing, bathing and personal hygiene.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, we can arrange a one-off direct payment for the cost of additional PPE. If you are finding it difficult to get PPE and you have developed COVID-19, we can provide 3 days-worth. Contact the ASC COVID-19 helpline via email to AdultSocialCare-Covid-Helpline@leicester.gov.uk or on 0116 454 2300 to find out how. It is recommended that this equipment includes plastic aprons, fluid resistant surgical masks, eye protection and gloves.
If you have a personal assistant, you will probably purchase PPE from your preferred supplier and should continue to do so. However, if you can no longer get PPE from your usual supplier, please use the process above to access PPE.
PPE should be used and disposed of in line with Government guidance on PPE use.
As an informal carer if neither of you is symptomatic of coronavirus, then no PPE is required above and beyond the good hygiene practices detailed on the NHS website. The Stay at home guidance provides information on washing your hands, cleaning and disposing of waste, and cleaning laundry, as well as other information for those living with a vulnerable person.
If you or the person you care for display symptoms of Coronavirus, see the government advice for carers Coronavirus (COVID-19): providing unpaid care for detailed advice of what actions and protective measures you should be taking.
If you are providing informal care at home and your usual arrangements for sourcing PPE aren’t available, contact our Adult Social Care team on 0116 454 1004.