Supplies, including PPE, and coronavirus

Maintaining access to supplies, including Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and food is very important to care providers, their staff and the people they support. We will provide information and advice as it becomes available.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)§

No VAT on PPE for three months – 30 April 2020 – GOV.UK

PPE for care services and individuals to protect against COVID-19 will be free from VAT for three months from 1 May to 31 July.


How to work safely in care homes – 17 April 2020 – GOV.UK

Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19. Includes guidance on use of PPE.


Guidance on PPE for the care sector: DHSC communication – 15 April 2020 - DHSC (PDF)

Message to care providers from the Department of Health and Social care on PPE. The message covers: an update on current advice, superseded advice, upcoming tools, access and supply routes


PPE national plan and supplies for social care providers – 10 April 2020 – GOV.UK

The Government’s national plan includes details on PPE supplies to registered social care providers. Key elements are summarised below:

  • PPE supplies have been released across 38 local resilience forums (LRFs). Distribution to care providers is being managed via local authorities.
  • Seven wholesalers have been issued with additional PPE supplies for sale to social care providers registered with CQC: Careshop, Blueleaf, Delivernet, Countrywide Healthcare, Nexon Group, Wightman and Parrish and Gompels.
  • A National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR) system to respond to emergency PPE requests. This includes a 24/7 helpline for providers who have an urgent requirement (e.g. require stock in less than 72 hours) for PPE, which they have been unable to secure through their business as usual channels.
  • DHSC, NHSE&I, NHS Supply Chain, Clipper logistics and the Armed Forces are working together to develop a Parallel Supply Chain (PSC) to support the normal supply chain. This is a dedicated channel for critical PPE, and core PPE products for Covid-19 are flowing through this.
  • A new website will be established to support ordering of PPE from a central inventory (to follow).

Suppliers offering items to care providers – National portal – GOV.UK

Many organisations are coming forward with new offers of supplies, such as PPE, to social care providers. They may be offering to change their production line in order to produce PPE.

 

Potential suppliers should log their details on the government’s online portal on Coronavirus - support from business.


The CPA has have been assured by the government that action will be taken in relation to the these offers of support from businesses.  The CPA cannot act as a central procurement or referral service, but we are reporting organisations appearing to be engaging in profiteering from the crisis.


Potential suppliers can also register with these new initiatives which are connecting genuine suppliers with social care providers in need of PPE:

Suppliers offering items to care providers – National portal – GOV.UK

Many organisations are coming forward with new offers of supplies, such as PPE, to social care providers. They may be offering to change their production line in order to produce PPE.

 

Potential suppliers should log their details on the government’s online portal on Coronavirus - support from business.


The CPA has have been assured by the government that action will be taken in relation to the these offers of support from businesses.  The CPA cannot act as a central procurement or referral service, but we are reporting organisations appearing to be engaging in profiteering from the crisis.


Potential suppliers can also register with these new initiatives which are connecting genuine suppliers with social care providers in need of PPE:

 

PPE – Access all government guidance on PPE hub – 10 April 2020 – GOV.UK

This guidance contains information on personal protective equipment, and infection prevention and control.

 

Contact details re PPE supplies

Local authorities

Names of Directors of Adult Social Services are available on the ADASS website.

Not all email addresses are published on the ADASS site. Most council email addresses will take the form of 'firstname.surname@nameofcouncil.gov.uk'   For example 'jo.bloggs@barnet.gov.uk'


Local Resilience Forums

Local Resilience Forums.


Suppliers Providing PPE

 

National Supply Disruption Response Team

Tel: 0800 915 9964

Email: supplydisruptionservice@nhsbsa.nhs.uk


CPA members

If providers are unable to contact their local DASS or LRF, or if they have any concerns, they should contact their CPA member organisation.

 

Food supplies (including supermarkets)§

Wholesale food distributors available to care sector – 16 April 2020 – CPA

Care services that are struggling with food supplies, can find local wholesale food distributors online. Many wholesalers are also opening up their services to the general public during the Covid-19 outbreak. CPA has published details of the main distributors.


Supermarkets and priority access for care staff – 16 April 2020 – CPA

The CPA has been lobbying all the main supermarkets to ensure they provide priority access to care staff. We list those who are currently providing access, and we are continuing to lobby those who are not.


Open letter to supermarket chief executives – 26 March 2020 – CPA (PDF)

The CPA has written to all chief executives of supermarkets asking that  care workers and staff within the social care sector be treated with the same level of recognition as NHS staff in gaining priority access to food and groceries at supermarkets. The CPA has asked that, whilst there is no official means to prove their identity at the moment, that social care workers producing a letter from their employer or the Local Authority or legitimate evidence be sufficient to confirm their status.


Template letter re key worker status – 31 March 2020 – CPA

Care providers may wish to provide staff with a letter to clarify their key worker status. CPA has developed a template letter which providers can personalise.


Cash support for food redistribution during coronavirus outbreak – 3 April 2020 – GOV.UK

The government has announced a £3 million fund for organisations redistributing safe surplus food to those who need it during the coronavirus outbreak.

See all related information on coronavirus.