- 29 Apr 2020
If you are a social care provider, personal assistant or unpaid/family carer there are routes available to you to access personal protective equipment (PPE) if your normal routes aren't working.
Local PPE Hubs have been set up all over Scotland by Health and Social Care Partnerships to provide PPE to those providing social care support who need it.
We have published advice for unpaid carers who visit or live with a friend or family member to provide help with personal care such as washing or dressing. This details the situations in which unpaid carers may require PPE. We have also published similar advice for personal assistants supporting clients with personal care.
If you are an unpaid/family carer and think you require PPE due to your caring role, and the routes you normally use to access it are unavailable, you should contact your local carers centre and they will advise you on how to access supplies locally.
You can find a list of local carers centres and young carer services on the Care Information Scotland website. If your local carers’ centre is unavailable, you can call the Social Care PPE Support Centre on 0300 303 3020 and they can provide you with information.
Social care providers and personal assistants (PAs)
Social care providers, including care homes, and personal assistants should contact the NHS National Services Scotland Social Care PPE Support Centre on 0300 303 3020, and the team there will point you towards your local Hub.
Local Hubs will also be in touch with providers, personal assistants and unpaid carers to let you know how to contact them. It may take them some time to do this as they are currently increasing their operations to be able to support the whole social care sector. In the meantime, therefore, the NHS National Services Scotland Social Care PPE Support Centre is helping out by taking calls on behalf of the Hubs.
If you are a Personal Assistant, when you go to collect the PPE from the Hub, or have it delivered to you, you will need to have a document which says you are a personal assistant. This could take the form of the template document used as proof of key worker status (for movement and for shopping, etc).
If you don’t have a document like this, there are a number of different ways you can get one. You can ask:
- your employer
- your local independent support organisation (see the Self Directed Support Scotland website)
- the Scottish Personal Assistant Employers Network (SPAE)
- your local authority/Health and Social Care Partnership
National guidance on PPE for health and social care settings has been published by the Four Nations' Chief Medical Officers.
- further guidance on infection prevention and control for COVID-19 on the Health Protection Scotland website
- NHS Inform
- clinical guidance for nursing and residential care home residents
- advice for residential children’s houses, residential schools and secure care facilities on staffing, social distancing and self-isolation
- advice for social workers on home visits and direct contact interviews with service users