02 March 2022
Following the announcement that the provision of free COVID-19 PPE for healthcare workers would be extended until the end of March 2023, the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has announced a new online platform for ordering PPE.
DHSC’s announcement notes that the previous PPE portal distributed more than 6 billion items to over 54,000 health, care and public sector providers in England.
The new platform is intended to provide “a more user-friendly site that makes it easier to place orders, view order limits and track deliveries, and, where needed, the capability for responding to and mitigating against evolving situations and potential future health crises.”
There will be a migration period from the previous system, and from 4 April 2022 all customers will be automatically redirected to the new platform, which will be managed by NHS Supply Chain.