Supporting social care providers and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).
Social Care Access to Free PPE
As part of the Winter Plan, The Department of Health and Social Care have committed to provide free PPE to local areas to distribute to social care providers for Covid -19 related needs, ineligible for supply via the PPE portal, until the end of March 2021.
On this basis we plan to support the market in a number of ways.
The level of support we can offer will relate to the type of services offered and the requirement for personal care for individuals. Our offer has now shifted so that we can support your PPE requirements related to Covid-19 on a day to day basis as opposed to an emergency supply.
Services that would be entitled to the PPE for example are:
- Mental health community care
- Personal assistants (LA, CCG commissioned and funded through personal health budgets)
- DP Recipients
- Domestic violence refuges
- Rough sleeping services
- Micro providers
- Day provisions
- Non CQC registered providers
The types of PPE that may be available depending on the tasks undertaken are: masks, visors, hand gel, aprons and gloves
Please contact Joanne via the email address below:
Commissioning.firstname.lastname@example.org or Joanne.email@example.com
You may also wish to try the following steps to order PPE:
- Try your normal suppliers
If you are a social care or healthcare organisation then prior to seeking support with emergency PPE from the Local Authority you are required to seek supplies of PPE from your usual suppliers. If these suppliers are not able to meet your requirements then you should contact the suppliers listed below.
- Get in touch with other local suppliers and if possible share within your own organisation
- Work with other providers to secure bulk orders and to get better value for money
- Contact the PPE suppliers below
West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA):
The WMCA has undertaken basic checks on a number of suppliers of PPE, detail of these can be found on their website.
Please obtain specialist advice from Public Health England or other reputable source before purchasing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from suppliers.
You are responsible for ensuring that PPE is safe to use to protect you and any staff members. You use PPE entirely at your own risk.
Dudley Council have not vetted or approved any supplier listed above or on WMCA.
Dudley Council disclaim any liability in connection with your use of any of the suppliers of PPE listed on, or accessed as a result of information provided above or and any contracts entered into with suppliers as a result of the use of information contained above.
Dudley Council Emergency PPE Response
If all the above suppliers are unable to help you, you can contact us for supply of emergency equipment. We will seek to supply you with equipment to cover 72hrs dependent on your service need.
If you deliver care and support whether formally as part of a commissioned service, non- commissioned care, formal or informal carer or personal assistant please complete the form below.
Email the completed form to Commissioning@dudley.gov.uk marking the title of the email as 'Urgent PPE request.' Once processed, you will be contacted by phone to arrange a collection or delivery of PPE from Commissioning staff .
In the event that Dudley Council are unable to provide an emergency supply of PPE please contact the National Supply Disruption Service (NSDR) on 0800 915 9964.
Correct use of PPE
Advice on the correct use of PPE can be found at the following links:
Residential care homes & nursing Homes
- Government advice - How to work safely in care homes
- COVID-19: putting on and removing PPE – a guide for care homes (video)