15 October 2019
Additional resources – The NSDR team
In preparation for the UK leaving the EU on 31 October, plans put in place ahead of March/April and the Department’s multilayered approach remain essential to support continuity of supply of medicines and medical products.
The preparations put in place are well advanced as a result of strong collaboration with industry, the NHS, the Devolved Administrations and other stakeholders. Established processes and systems already exist for responding to serious supply disruption events for medical products and all NHS organisations are advised to continue to use these channels.
Upon the UK leaving the EU without a deal, one team central to the maintenance of supply to the NHS is the National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR) team. This team will enhance the capability to resource products at a national level.
NHS Supply Chain has been provided with in house NSDR team members. This team will be working alongside our Customer Services Advisors to provide our customers with responses to specific EU Exit related supply queries. They will also be part of the coordination between NHS Supply Chain and the wider NSDR team, NHS England and DHSC.
The established processes will be coordinated through NSDR systems set up by the DHSC as part of its Operational Response Centre. The NSDR systems and operations will monitor the national supply situation and coordinate actions to address supply disruption incidents that may occur.
For Medical Devices and Clinical Consumables, trusts are asked to report supply issues directly to their supplies department so that they can seek to resolve these issues through the BAU supply routes. The Supplies departments will be able to escalate supply issues to the NSDR unit where required.
Government Secured Freight Capacity
The Department for Transport has completed its procurement exercise and awarded four suppliers to the Government Secured Freight Capacity: Brittany Ferries, DFDS, P&O Ferries and Stena Line Ltd.
This additional freight capacity has been procured to help vital medicines and medical products reach patients upon the UK Leaving the EU.
Read about this procurement exercise and the reaction from the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps, click here.
For more information on the EU Exit logistics and transportation contingency planning, please read our 1 October 2019 bulletin.