Helping dentists meet HTM 01-05 decontamination requirements
Friday 12 March 2010
First national contract to offer comprehensively evaluated products, including washer disinfector testing managed by the Health Protection Agency (HPA)
NHS Supply Chain has launched the first national dental decontamination contract offering products guaranteed to meet HTM 01-05 standards.
Working in consultation with the Department of Health (DH), NHS Supply Chain conducted a thorough evaluation process for all products and services on the contract, which included laboratory testing of washer disinfectors managed by the HPA.
The new standards set by the DH last year aim to improve the decontamination of reusable equipment to ensure patients receive care in a safe and clean environment.¹
“All dentists can now save time sourcing products to meet HTM 01-05 standards and be secure in the knowledge that they meet the latest decontamination standards,” says Karen Chell, Senior Buyer at NHS Supply Chain.
Karen continues, “This new contract breaks the mould for buying decontamination equipment, as it gives dentists a streamlined supply route and full confidence in equipment’s quality and performance at competitive prices.”
The contract covers the following: ultrasonic cleaners; washer disinfectors (with drying); sterilisers; water treatment plants and maintenance and validation. Products/services are offered by: Audere Medical; BCAS Biomed; Environmental Water Systems; Eschmann; Lancer; LTE Scientific; Medisafe; MMM Medical Equipment; Peacocks Medical Group; Prestige; Stericare; Triple Red; Ultrawave; Veolia (Elga) and W&H.
Notes to editors
¹ Department of Health HTM 01-05: Decontamination in dental practice
NHS Supply Chain’s framework agreement will be the first national contract in England and Wales for dental decontamination products. High street dental practices (i.e. practices not part of an NHS organisation) can only order from NHS Supply Chain’s dental decontamination national framework agreement. They are unable to order products from any other of NHS Supply Chain’s contracts.
About NHS Supply Chain
NHS Supply Chain is a government contract operated by DHL since 2006. It supports the National Health Service (NHS) and other healthcare organisations in England and Wales by providing end to end supply chain solutions. The organisation was formed from the NHS Logistics Authority and parts of the NHS Purchasing and Supply Agency (NHS PASA). It is operated by DHL on behalf of the NHS Business Services Authority and aims to provide over £1 billion of savings to the NHS by 2016.
The NHS Supply Chain contract manages the sourcing, delivery and supply of healthcare products and food for over 600 NHS trusts and healthcare organisations. It provides a single point of access to over 620,000 products ranging from bandages to sutures, from gloves to implants, and even diagnostic equipment such as MRI scanners.
Its management of the procurement process negates an NHS organisation’s need to tender through the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU). Costs can also be reduced through its one-route solution that consolidates all products onto one invoice and delivery – this saves up to £1 per product in back office administration costs and removes up to 60 deliveries going into a trust compared with ordering goods separately.
To ensure that its products are fit for today’s healthcare market, NHS Supply Chain works with suppliers of all sizes to ensure its range embraces high quality and innovative products; and engages with clinicians, the Department of Health and academic institutions to make sure that it is aware of the current requirements and latest developments in clinical practice.
NHS Supply Chain’s product areas include:
- catering, including food
- infection control
- capital equipment, including finance and maintenance
Based in Alfreton, Derbyshire, UK, the business employs around 2,400 staff in eight locations.