At a special meeting of the NHS Social Partnership Forum on Wednesday 20 January, NHS trade unions persuaded NHS Employers to join them in calling for a national review of the current guidance on PPE.
This follows concerns that the newer strains and rising infection rates mean PPE may need to be upgraded, and that FFP3 masks may be necessary for all staff in clinical settings.
Minimising the risk of infection for staff must be an absolute priority. Please keep checking the SoR website for updates on the response to the call for a review.
For more information, please read the letter from the NHS Social Partnership Forum to Dr Susan Hopkins, Test and Trace and PHE Joint Medical Advisor, and Ms Ruth May, Chief Nursing Officer, NHS England.