NHS National Services Scotland has enabled and supported the extension of PPE access to all social care providers.
Everyone who provides social care will have access to appropriate PPE under new arrangements announced by the Health Secretary.
From Monday 27 April, supplies from the National Distribution Centre will be delivered to local hubs to help ensure the safety of unpaid and family carers and personal assistants.
Local Hubs will distribute PPE supplies to the whole of the social care sector where normal supply routes have not been successful. NSS will support these hubs by providing virtual training.
During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, global supply chains have been put under immense pressure and that is why National Procurement has worked closely with the Scottish Government establishing supplies of PPE to support the social care sector.
Health Secretary, Jeane Freeman said:
“As we respond to the challenges from global scarcity of PPE, we have worked with partners to agree an improved model that will ensure all social care providers have access to supplies from national NHS stock.”
“This has only been possible because of a shared aim to ensure the right PPE gets to the right people at the right time and to keep everyone safe.”
The new approach was agreed by all partners, amongst these were:
- STUC (Scottish Trades Union Congress)
- Scottish Care
- Care Inspectorate