The government is extending the provision of free PPE to health and social care providers until the end of March 2022.
Following a previous announcement of free PPE provision to health, social care and public sector workers until the end of June 2021, the scheme will now be extended as the expectation of clinical experts is that usage will remain high throughout the next financial year.
Eligible providers will receive an email invite to the portal and can register for free. Click here to read the guidance.
Tweeting about the announcement, Dr Jane Townson, CEO of United Kingdom Homecare Association (UKHCA) said: “Excellent news – free PPE portal for care providers in England extended until March 2021. Grateful to colleagues at @DHSCgovuk & Helen Whately for supporting homecare sector with extra costs of PPE in COVID-19, which @ukhca has campaigned for.”
Care England, the largest representative body of independent adult social care providers, has also welcomed the government’s decision.
CEO Professor Martin Green said: “PPE is one of the main barriers in a care setting to limiting the spread of COIVD-19 thus Care England is pleased that the government has listened to its pleas for an extension to free PPE as it will help protect some of society’s most vulnerable as well as our staff at the frontline.
“PPE also plays a critical role in the wider COVID-19 response, such as enabling visiting to care homes. We do not know what the winter this year will bring but free, rigorously tested PPE gives providers a chance to be prepared.”