National Care Group are reminding staff that the use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) whenever they are in the service and supporting individuals is still mandatory.

PPE is designed to protect you and help prevent the transmission of infection between other staff and the individuals you support.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, it is important that we do not get complacent and that we remember to follow the policies and guidance provided by National Care Group and the government surrounding the use of PPE within all our services.

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This includes the use of face masks, face shields, gloves, and aprons, throughout the time you are within services, especially if you are providing personal care and are in regular contact with the people you support.

We have an ‘Infection Control Competency Check’ which allows managers to monitor if PPE is being used effectively and whether it is being disposed of at the end of your shift.

Staff who are not wearing PPE, or not doing so correctly, will have a documented conversation with their line manager who will notify the relevant Regional Operations Manager regarding this.

It is vital that you continue to wear PPE and that you take every precaution to protect yourselves and the people we support from COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.

You should remember PPE is just one way to protect you from the Coronavirus. You should also ensure that you are regularly washing your hands, sanitising surfaces with appropriate disinfectant products and that you continue to carry out risk assessments throughout your shift.