These statistics show the latest number of personal protective equipment (PPE) items which have been distributed by the government, for use by health and social care services in England.
In publishing this data, we aim to provide a regular summary for ministers, policy makers, external stakeholders and the public on PPE items distributed. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) intends to release these statistics regularly while they remain relevant to the government’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Future updates will be issued monthly on the second Tuesday of each month.
From 25 February 2020 to 30 November 2021, DHSC has distributed over 16.5 billion items of PPE, predominantly for use by health and social care services in England.
In the first full year of operations (from 25 February 2020 to 24 February 2021), over 8.7 billion items of PPE were distributed predominantly for use by health and social care services in England.
This compares with approximately 2.43 billion items distributed between 1 January and 31 December 2019 to all NHS trusts and some social care organisations. This figure is a partial snapshot of the PPE used in the system before the COVID-19 pandemic. The NHS Supply Chain has since been expanded to 58,000 different settings, including care homes, hospices and community care organisations, many of which use the e-Portal to order PPE.
In the latest month between 1 November to 30 November 2021, DHSC distributed over 722 million PPE items for use by health and social care services in England. These are distributed through the PPE Dedicated Supply Channel, NHS Supply Chain and other routes (see Table 1 for more details).
PPE was first ordered through the e-Portal on 9 April 2020. From 9 April 2020 to 30 November 2021, over 5.4 billion PPE items have been ordered through the e-Portal.
In the latest month between 1 November to 30 November 2021, over 353 million PPE items have been ordered through the e-Portal.
Organisations may procure additional PPE independently of the PPE programme. Any additional PPE is not included in this data.
PPE distribution updates
In the tables below all items are counted individually unless specified. In particular:
gloves are counted singly, not as pairs, and are delivered as boxes of 200 items. Clinical procedures may use 1, 2 or 4 gloves at a time
hand hygiene products are counted per bottle (or similar) regardless of capacity, so that a 100ml bottle counts the same as a 1 litre bottle. Hand hygiene products include hand wash and alcohol-based hand sanitiser
paper towels are counted in sleeves of 250 single sheets
Tables 1 reports the PPE distribution for the latest calendar month and the total since the start of the PPE programme. The cumulative total is reported as a total for the first year of operation (25 February 2020 to 24 February 2021) and a total for the whole period since 25 February 2020.
Table 1: number of PPE items distributed, predominantly for use by health and social care services in England, by item
|PPE item||Latest data (from 1 Nov 2021 to 30 Nov 2021)||Cumulative total (25 Feb 2020 to 30 Nov 2021)||Full year total (25 Feb 2020 to 24 Feb 2021)||2019 (1 Jan to 31 Dec 2019)|