Member briefing: The use and supply of PPE in primary care

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This joint briefing by NHSCC and the NHS Confederation’s PCN Network provides an overview of national guidance on the use and supply of PPE in primary care.

There have been very strong concerns among our members and the wider health sector that appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) is not reaching primary care teams in the quantity needed and in a timely fashion, leaving many CCGs, PCNs and GP practices feeling unable to safely carry out face-to-face consultations with patients.

Today’s guidance (2 April 2020) from the Department of Health and Social Care, Public Health Wales, Public Health Agency Northern Ireland, Health Protection Scotland, Public Health England and NHS England and NHS Improvement clarifies the type of PPE required for different circumstances. This guidance will be kept under review.

Through NHS Clinical Commissioners and the NHS Confederation’s PCN Network, we have fed our members’ concerns into this process, while recognising that there are still concerns about the supply and distribution of PPE.

2 April 2020

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