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Previous updates

You can find our previous updates to the Coronavirus Covid-19 site here.

PPE alerts

Alcohol-based hand sanitiser and risk of vehicle fires – alert retraction 26 June 2020

NHS Property Services has retracted advice that hand sanitiser kept in vehicles can pose a fire risk following an evidence review.  Find out more on the National Fire Chiefs Council news page.

Updated alert 3 July 2020 Type IIR masks - Cardinal Health and Fluid Resistant Surgical Masks

See the document below for information about an updated alert relating to Cardinal Health Type IIR masks and a previous alert about Cardinal Health fluid resistant surgical masks:

Updated PPE alert  (296 KB) 3 July 2020

3 August 2020:  Message to providers from Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care

RH update 3 August 2020 (223 KB) 

20 - 26 July 2020

Death in service support

The government has published guidance (19 June 2020) on actions for local authorities and social care providers can take following the death of a person who worked in adult social care in England and a range of bereavement resources.

Contact by Test and Trace Service

We have an important message for care providers and their staff about contact from the Test and Trace Service on the Covid-19 testing and infection control page. 

New mental health and wellbeing resources

On our other help for providers page, you will find details of the Government’s risk reduction framework for social care employers (19 Jun 2020) and resources to support the mental health and wellbeing of individuals in receipt of adult social care services, including a dedicated app for the adult social care workforce

30 June - 6 July 2020

Tiger Eye Protector removal from the supply chain with effect from 10 May 2020

For the urgent attention of providers who have requested eye protection via our emergency PPE distribution system.

When we issued this to you it may have included sets of eye protection provided to us by the central PPE Supply Chain made by a company called Tiger Medical Products (see photograph in the document below and on the right hand side of this section).

We have now been advised that these are not suitable for use within COVID-19 settings and you should cease using them immediately. Below is the letter from DHSC outlining why they should no longer be used and what you need to do if you have been using them.   

We in particular draw your attention to the need to report any incidents of splashes or droplets to staff members using these products via RIDDOR. However, it should be noted that the bigger risk is for those staff who perform aerosol generating procedures, rather than usual care activities.

If you have stocks of this product please take the following actions: 

  • all Tiger Eye protective goggles and frames must be taken out of use immediately
  • secure them in a safe area where they will not be used until we will notify you of the action you can take regarding the return or disposal of this equipment once this has been clarified. Please confirm to us by email to ascincidentmanagement@staffordshire.gov.uk that you have done so.

8 - 29 June 2020

Message for providers from Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care

RH market update 8 June 2020 (202 KB)

24 May - 7 June 2020

Message for providers from Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care

RH market update 22 May 2020 (145 KB)

17 - 23 May 2020

Message for providers from Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care 

RH market update 15 May 2020 (174 KB)

10 - 16 May 2020

Message for providers from Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care 

RH market update 4 May 2020 (179 KB)

3 - 9 May 2020

Message for providers from Dr Richard Harling, Director of Health and Care

RH Market update 24 April 2020 (151 KB)

4 - 11 April 2020

Care Quality Commission change their way of working

CQC have changed how they're working in response to Covid-19.  Details can be found on the  CQC Coronavirus (Covid-19) Information page.

30 March - 3 April 2020

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, sent a letter of thanks (54 KB) to the social care workforce for the work that it is doing.

24 - 29 March 2020

The letters below set out the emergency measures we are introducing to provide financial stability and support for providers of home care, care homes, extra care, supported living and building based day services for adults with a learning disability.

These are available to download and print out:

17 March 2020

A summary of key elements of our response is set out in a letter from the Director of Health and Care, Dr Richard Harling which is available to download and print out:

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