Care providers registered with the Care Quality Commission will now be able to access free personal protective equipment (PPE) until the end of June 2021.
United Kingdom Home Care Association (UKHCA) said that in an email announcement on Friday, the Department of Health and Social Care indicated that the government has extended the provision of PPE through its PPE portal.
Eligible providers will receive an email invite to the portal and can register for free. Click here to read the guidance.
Small domiciliary care services with fewer than 20 clients can order up to 300 IIR masks, 500 aprons, 500 pairs of gloves, three bottles of hand gel and 300 visors, while larger providers with more than 1,000 clients can order 26,000 masks, 25,000 aprons, 25,000 pairs of gloves, 48 bottles of hand gel and 1,300 visors.
The update comes after the National Care Forum warned that the portal is failing to meet the needs of care providers across all settings.
A survey found that just 33% of providers using the portal have received sufficient supplies to meet their needs in November.
The other 67%, on average, were receiving about 48% of their PPE requirements.
One hundred percent of NCF respondents who were eligible to register on the portal have registered and are predominately using the method to source PPE, but 99.9% are having to purchase additional supplies in order to meet their requirements.