NHS Providers is the membership organisation for the NHS hospital, mental health, community, and ambulance services that treat patients and service users in the NHS.
We are not part of NHS England, the government, or the Department of Health and Social Care. Nor are we involved in organising any operational aspects of the NHS – we simply act as the collective public voice for our members (i.e. the 217 trusts and foundation trusts in England), commenting in the media and on social media on what they are doing to combat coronavirus and how they are addressing problems such as the supply of Personal Protection Equipment. You can find more details of what we do in relation to coronavirus here.
In particular, we do not procure or get involved, in any way, in the procurement of any equipment or supply for our members such as personal protection equipment (masks, aprons, gowns etc) or ventilators. This is the responsibility of the Government and NHS England. We do not process or pass on any offers of help with these supplies as we are not in a position to deal with them.
Further to the information that we have been giving out to date, in response to companies offering to supply goods and services, NHS England has informed us that the government team administering their online contact form has received an overwhelming number of offers. In reaction to this, the level of support within that team has been increased significantly with the aim of being able to improve their response time. NHS England has asked that companies please do continue to use that route of communication.
With regard to individuals who wish to donate small numbers of items to the NHS – for example, homemade sets of scrubs – NHS England have confirmed that the quickest and most efficient route is for those individuals to please contact their local NHS trust/foundation trust regarding their offer of help, as it’s not something that they are able to co-ordinate centrally.
Thank you again for support during this challenging time.