Small domiciliary care providers can now register for PPE supplies via a new online portal launched by the government.
From this week, small domiciliary care providers with 99 clients or less and care home operators with fewer than 24 beds can register on the PPE Portal.
The portal was launched in collaboration with eBay to help small providers order critical PPE, as it is scaled up nationally.
A Department of Health and Social Cares spokesperson said: “We are focusing on small care providers because our data shows that, although they account for half of all care provision, they seem to be less likely to be registered with wholesalers.
“It’s therefore important that we ensure that they have the option of quickly joining the portal should they need to.”
The news follows the announcement that more than 100 new PPE contracts have been secured with suppliers from around the world.
The government also said it signed contracts to manufacture 2 billion PPE items in the UK.
UK production includes a deal for 70 million face masks to be made by Honeywell this month, Don & Low manufacturing 12 million metres squared of fabric for gowns over the next six months and Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing 14,000 visors a week for healthcare staff. The government has also secured a further 3.7 billion gloves to help meet the expected demand.