Click above to hear BBC Radio Merseyside's Roger Phillips interview with Advance PSS Director Aidan Pollitt about the survey on 4.4.20
Advance PSS CIC is a not for profit user led social enterprise based in Liverpool, Merseyside. As such we have an interest in the availability, provision, and sourcing of personal protection equipment (PPE) for people who are employers of personal assistants at their home address.
Clearly PPE is extremely important for the NHS, care homes, and home care agencies. But PA employers and people who receive informal care in their own homes also need PPE in order to avoid a looming catastrophe.
On 10th April 2020 The UK Government produced its plan and guidelines about the Covid-19: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Please see the plan HERE. An identified 'setting' where people receive health and care is an 'individual's own home (current place of residence). The government plan states that 'The government will ensure those who need critical PPE receive it as quickly as possible by setting up a new national supply system'. However, the plan seems to mainly consider supply to health care, nursing and care homes, and domiciliary or personal care.
The Government Covid 19 action plans for social care is regularly updated as the crisis unfolds. Click HERE to see the latest developments.
You are invited to participate in our survey regarding the availability of personal protection equipment (PPE) for home based personal assistant employers in Merseyside, and people whose care is provided by informal carers. In this survey we are hoping that as many people as possible who live in the Merseyside area who either employ their own personal assistant, or arrange informal care and support will complete our questionnaire.
The survey is directed at people who may be local authority or CCG direct payment recipients, or those who make private arrangements to employ personal assistants. We are also interested in the views of people who arrange for the provision of unpaid care and support (maybe from friends and family).
The survey asks questions about people's experience of receiving information about PPE, the need for PPE, and sourcing of PPE.
The survey takes about 5 -10 minutes to complete. Participation is completely voluntary. It is very important for us to learn your opinions. The individual survey responses will be strictly confidential and data from this research will be reported only in the aggregate to public services. Information will be coded and will remain confidential. Express permission will be essential for us to provide any of your details to other parties or organisations.
If you have questions at any time about the survey or the procedures, you may contact . Thank you very much for your time and support. Please start with the survey now by clicking here. Thank you.