114 – PPE – can we make it in the UK?
Until a few weeks ago most people probably had no idea what PPE stood for.
But during the Covid_19 outbreak PPE has regularly been in the news because Personal Protective Equipment can mean the difference between staying fit and well or catching the deadly coronavirus.
In this episode I look at why there is such a terrible shortage of PPE in the UK and whether we can make the Personal Protective Equipment that we need locally.
- Why is there a worldwide shortage of PPE?
- What have UK manufacturers and designers been doing to help?
- What is the UK government doing to address the shortage?
- How is Make it British getting involved and what is the British Textile Consortium?
Useful Resources for PPE
British Textile Consortium – Make it British has set up the BTC to help people find manufacturers to make PPE
Innovate UK Funding includes PPE projects. Claim 100% of the project costs up to £50,000. Closing date is 17th April
Emergency Designer Network Holly Fulton, Bethany Williams & Phoebe English are London based designers galvanising local garment production to offer scrubs for hospitals
Emergency Medicine Cases podcast with Dr Laurie Mazurik – one of the world’s leading experts on PPE