To achieve the
savings that are clearly possible through better procurement, we're working with the NHS to standardise specifications and product catalogues. This will help to reduce the range and
ensure best value prices are secured using our collective purchasing power.
We've identified a set of products
that account for around £100m of NHS trust and foundation trusts' annual expenditure and we anticipate savings
of up to 25% on current costs depending on market circumstances.
How it will work
We've asked NHS Supply Chain and the NHS Business Services Authority to source these products on behalf of NHS providers, taking on board recommendations from the Clinical Evaluation Team.
For this to work, NHS Supply Chain needs to purchase on behalf of all providers so it is vital that you commit your volumes and don’t compromise the initiative by purchasing outside the contracts.
First tranche of products selected for national price agreement
- nitrile exam gloves (6 Newton)
- barrier cream and barrier film
- medical pulp urinals
- general purpose patient dry wipes
- medical pulp bowls
- blunt filter needle
- medical pulp bedpans
- 10ml IV Luer Slip syringes
- vinyl examination gloves: non-pigmented and pigmented
- blunt fill needle
- medical pulp trays
- non-woven island dressings
Timetable for product procurement and implementation
|Trusts notified of first 12 standardised products||21 September 2016|
|Procurement process begins to secure best possible prices||September to December 2016|
|First products confirmed and distribution commences||January to March 2017|
|Compliance reports generated confirming take up and identifying non-compliance||February 2017|
|Next tranche of products confirmed and process commences||January to March 2017|
|Compliance reports generated confirming take up and identifying non-compliance||May 2017|
|Review trusts that are not complying||From May 2017|
If you have existing contracts in place that may delay your uptake of these products, could you please email us with details by 7 October 2016.