NHS Supply Chain – January Updates

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January submission

We would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone at HCSA a Happy New Year on behalf of the NHS Supply Chain team. We recognise the enormous pressures that are once again being placed on colleagues across the system and we appreciate the enduring efforts from staff across the supply and procurement community.


A few updates include:

Patient safety review prompts change in procedure

Trusts are being recommended to adopt new practices to protect the safety of patients who need tubes inserted in their airways, thanks to a risk analysis project run by NHS Supply Chain. It is part of the important clinical work undertaken by NHS Supply Chain to ensure the safety of products to protect patients.

In September a National Patient Safety Alert was issued after it was found that silver discs which are used on lubricant tubes to keep them sterile could be a potential hazard if they entered the tube leading to a patient’s airway. The silver colour made them hard to spot.

The alert prompted a patient safety review by registered nurse Theresa Bowles from NHS Supply Chain: Rehabilitation, Disabled Services, Women’s Health and Associated Consumables, provided by Collaborative Procurement Partnership.

The review also found the use of lubricant from tubes:

  • increased the risk of contamination and cross infection if the tubes were used for more than one patient
  • created more waste as only a small amount of the lubricant was needed for each procedure

NHS trusts will now be encouraged to buy 5g lubricant sachets instead, which have coloured packaging. They are available via the NHS Supply Chain catalogue.

Read more at https://www.supplychain.nhs.uk/news-article/patient-safety-prompts-change-in-procedure/


NHS Supply Chain: Food launches first of range of new culinary concepts

NHS Supply Chain: Food is excited to launch a new culinary concept range, ‘Khana Khana’. It consists of 23 delicious Indian recipes that are mapped to products on our approved NHS frameworks. Khana Khana is the first of several ranges which will be launched over the next 12 months, with the next arriving in late January.

Each concept is centred around a culinary theme, with the objective of providing greater variety to consumers whilst also increasing revenue within retail environments. The recipes are simple and effective, with exciting flavour combinations to inspire NHS chefs and catering staff. Each comes with nutritional analysis, supplied by our in-house dietetics team, and an awareness of the revenue that could be made based on our pricing.

Find out more at: https://www.supplychain.nhs.uk/news-article/championing-culinary-concepts/


The Electrosurgical Equipment Smoke Evacuators Related Products and Accessories framework goes live

This framework went live on 18 December 2020 and will run for 36 months, until 17 December 2023.

We are pleased to offer a range of products and services and have a team on hand to support you throughout the procurement process. Product categories consist of electrosurgical machines, including:

  • Smoke Evacuators
  • Vessel Sealing Machines
  • Argon Plasma Devices
  • Point of Sale Maintenance
  • Training
  • Consumables (when capital is included as part of purchase).

For more information: https://www.supplychain.nhs.uk/product-information/contract-launch-brief/electrosurgical-equipment-smoke-evacuators-related-products-and-accessories/


The Operating (Theatre and Outpatient) Microscopes and Associated Accessories framework goes live

This framework went live on 4 December 2020 and runs for 24 months, ending on 3 December 2022.

This framework includes Operating Microscopes and Colposcopes for most types of procedures including ENT, Neurological, Ophthalmic, Plastics, Maxillofacial, Dental and Colposcopy. The Operating Microscopes and Associated Accessories framework has seven product categories across two Lots:

  • Lot 1 – Theatre Microscopes are microscopes that are located within an operating theatre. They utilised by the surgeons/consultants and can also be used for teaching. The Microscopes in Lot 1 cover the following disciplines: ENT, Neurological, Ophthalmic, Plastics and Maxillofacial.
  • Lot 2 – Outpatient Microscopes are microscopes that are located within an outpatient environment. These are utilised by consultants and nurses. The Microscopes in Lot 2 cover the following disciplines: ENT, Dental and Colposcopy.

For more information: https://www.supplychain.nhs.uk/product-information/contract-launch-brief/operating-theatre-and-outpatient-microscopes-and-associated-accessories/


NHS Supply Chain wins Health Business award for ‘Hospital Procurement’

NHS Supply Chain are the proud winners of the ‘Hospital Procurement Award’ at the virtual Health Business Awards, held on 10 December 2020.

The award recognised NHS Supply Chain’s commitment to delivering wider sustainability benefits to NHS trusts. In 2019, more than 200 NHS trusts made a huge environmental impact by switching their copier paper from A4 virgin fibre copier paper to A4 recycled paper from NHS Supply Chain: Office Solutions frameworks. This saved the equivalent of:

  • watching 85,503 hours of a plasma TV in energy;
  • filling 161 Olympic size swimming pools with water;
  • felling 20,000 trees in wood; and
  • travelling 10 times around the world in an aeroplane in Co2

Alongside winning the ‘Hospital Procurement Award, NHS Supply Chain also received three commendations in the following award categories; COVID Response Award, Sustainable Procurement Award and Hospital Catering Award.

Change in Terms of Sale Agreement

We have produced a new set of Terms of Sale that will govern all future purchases made from Supply Chain Coordination Limited (SCCL). This will not alter NHS Supply Chain services but will ensure the necessary level of contractual certainty for both parties as we progress from our old operating model. Work was carried out with regional representatives from each of the Customer Boards, on behalf of the group Simon Walsh said ”As the Deputy Chair of the Northern Customer Board I was pleased to represent my colleagues to work with SCCL colleagues in agreeing Terms of Sale for NHSSC trading with the NHS. This  work represented a ‘tidying up’ rather a fundamental change in the relationship between the parties however, this needed to be done because whilst SCCL is, to all intents and purposes, part of the NHS family in legal terms it sits outside as it is a limited company.  That means that to give all parties the necessary certainty of the terms on which we contract we needed to include something more than the informal implied terms that had previously existed.

My Trust (Manchester University NHS FT) is fortunate to have a Commercial Director who contributed her expert opinion. The end result is a pragmatic and easily understood clarification of a relationship that is still very much one that exists ‘within the NHS family.’


All NHS trusts now need to review and agree to the new Terms of Sale agreement, which have been sent via email, by 31 December 2020. If an organisation places an order following receipt of the agreement, but before signing it or completing the online version, the customer will be deemed to have accepted the terms and their application to all future orders placed with SCCL.