24/04/20: PPE for frontline organisations

Charities and others who have staff on the front-line help keep Norfolk Communities safe can now access a new supply system should their supplies run critically short.

Over the last few weeks Norfolk Resilience Forum (NRF) has been working hard to try to support the provision of PPE for those that need it to deliver key services.

Following a successful public campaign, which has already resulted in more than 150 companies coming forward to support the production of most types of PPE, new process have been put in place to ensure frontline services do not go short.

This system will ensure that supplies of items which are scare are directed to the most critical need, in line with the current government guidance, but also that charities and others who deliver vital services to communities can get what need.

Trevor Holden, Chair of the NRF's Tactical Coordination Group, said: "This is a countywide operation involving all partners in the Local Resilience Forum.

"At County and District level, and across the whole health sector, we are working together through the NRF, to ensure every single citizen in Norfolk remains safe and their needs are met.

"This is a tremendous amount of work and I pay tribute the officer and volunteers who are going above and beyond to ensure we deliver every day."

If you are a key business and you need PPE the NRF asks that you take the following steps:

Where you are unable to meet your demand through existing supply chains, you can access a database of local firms who are producing and sourcing equipment. The database is being managed by New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership. To access the database, visit https://newanglia.co.uk/ppe-supplier-database/ and complete the simple form to request login details. You will then be able to log in to the PPE supplier database directly with your own user account.

  • In the first instance you should seek to resolve your demand through your existing supply chain.
  • In the event that you are still unable to meet your requirements and you are directly involved in the support of critical services, please contact your local Council.  

Your local Council, subject to you having taken the first 2 steps, will be able to pass your request on to the Norfolk Resilience Forum for consideration for Emergency Provision, where this is available. Any such provision would be subject to meeting the very strict criteria that is in place to ensure that we maintain a focus on those organisations prescribed by central government guidance or are critical to our collective effort to reduce the demand on our Hospitals and Save Lives.


Last updated: 15/05/2020 10:35:43