Personal protective equipment (PPE) and infection control

Continue to use PPE and prevent infection

All health and social care providers must use PPE and infection prevention and control (IPC) measures in all settings.


Accessing PPE supplies - residential, home care and drug and alcohol services.

Eligible residential care providers, home care providers and community drug and alcohol services can use the PPE portal to meet the extra need for PPE due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Information on eligibility is in the PPE portal guidance.

You should not use the portal to order PPE for non-COVID-19 requirements. You should get this through your normal channels.


Care homes - PPE guidance

Government guidance:  

Infection prevention and control in adult social care: COVID-19 supplement


Home care and extra care - PPE guidance

Government guidance:

Infection prevention and control in adult social care: COVID-19 supplement


Personal assistants - PPE guidance

Visit the Personal Assistants page for information on PPE for PAs.


Community workers - PPE guidance

Illustrated guide to PPE for health and social care workers working in the community.


Infection prevention and control training

See the Training page for information on infection prevention and control training.


Other infection prevention resources


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