Further update on PPE and NHS QR Codes

22 September 2020

Updated information for registrants about PPE guidelines and the NHS QR code for Track and Trace.

PPE Update

Since our last update on the 8th September, there have been ongoing discussions between professional associations, regulators and Public Health England regarding the use of visors (eye protection). 

As a result of the discussions, we can now advise that the use of visors (eye protection) can be risk assessed for patients in the medium risk pathway. A type 2r mask, gloves and apron must be worn. 

Your risk assessment should consider whether there is a risk of aerosol transmission, in such cases, a visor should be used. If you deem there is no or low risk of aerosol transmission, you can opt not to use a visor. 

If you are performing Aerosol Generating Procedures, a visor must be worn. A list of AGPs can be found on page 34 of the PHE Guidance

Public Health England are sharing this update with Track and Trace. 

This update applies in all four nations of the UK and in all settings, including home visits. 

A link to updated guidance document his here

NHS QR Code for Track and Trace

Designated venues in certain sectors must have a system in place to request and record contact details of their customers, visitors and staff to help break the chains of transmission of coronavirus.

Venues providing close contact services, including sports massage, are required to display a code in order to assist Track and Trace with case tracking. 

Further information can be found on the Government website here, including the link to generate your code.