Last reviewed 1 June 2020
The Government has announced that from the start of June all GP practices, small residential care homes and small domiciliary care providers will be able to register on an eBay personal protective equipment (PPE) portal.
Over the next three weeks GPs, small residential care homes and small domiciliary care providers will be invited to join the new online portal for free to order PPE from NHS central supplies.
A small residential social care provider is defined as one with 24 beds or fewer and a small domiciliary care provider has 99 clients or fewer.
The service was developed alongside the NHS and the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC). It is now being is rolled out nationally following trials that involved 1300 GP practices and social care homes, and testing by programme partners. The Government said the scheme focuses on smaller care providers, which account for half of all care provision, as "they seem to be less likely to be registered with wholesalers".
Over 100 new suppliers have been contracted around the world to significantly boost UK PPE supply, and domestic production has also been ramped up, with contracts signed to manufacture two billion items of PPE in the UK.
The NHS Confederation said the home-produced PPE is a significant step towards a more secure supply.
More information is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/government-significantly-boosts-uk-ppe-supply-with-more-than-100-new-deals?wp-linkindex=14&utm_campaign=Social_care_coronavirus_weekly_&utm_content=dhsc-mail.co.uk&utm_medium=email&utm_source=Department_of_Health_and_Social_Care.