Migration to new PPE Portal begins for healthcare professionals

Optometrists will receive an invitation to register with the new platform from 14 March

PPE and hand sanitizer

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), in partnership with NHS Supply Chain, began inviting healthcare professionals to the beta version of its PPE Portal from Monday 28 February.

The existing DHSC PPE Portal, which has been available since summer 2020, has been updated to ensure continued access to free personal protective equipment (PPE) and related items for eligible users until the end of March 2023.

NHS PPE website page
How the new PPE portal will look
All eligible users will receive an invite in the coming weeks, which will allow migration to the new platform.

Eligible users should have already received an email confirming timings for their migration, which will have been sent to the email account registered with the previous version of the PPE Portal.

Migration began on 28 February for GPs, dentists and orthodontists, with pharmacists to be uploaded from 7 March.

Optometrists are scheduled for upload during the week beginning 14 March.

‘Non-active users,’ who have never logged into the existing portal, will be added from 21 March.

Upon successful migration to the new platform, users will receive an email from [email protected] with the subject line ‘Welcome to the PPE Portal’. This email will list the steps needed to register and log in to the new portal.

A recent DHSC survey, of 446 users, found that 96% of respondents were either “very satisfied” (76%) or “satisfied” (20%) with the new version of the portal. 97% said they were either “very confident” (85%) or “confident” (12%) when using the platform.

As with the previous version of the portal, PPE will remain free of charge.