5 November 2020
Preparing Medical Devices and Clinical Consumables
NHS Supply Chain is continuing its work with the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), NHS England and NHS Improvements, to ensure that any supply disruption is mitigated across the End of the Transition Period (EoTP).
You may remember that over the past 2 years the government had developed its multi layered contingency planning. Their end of transition preparation is based on the same principles.
There are multiple product areas included in the EoTP contingency measures, such as blood and transplants, food, medicines, non-clinical goods and services, amongst other areas.
NHS Supply Chain is responsible for supporting the DHSC with preparing supply chain resilience for Medical Devices and Clinical Consumables (MDCC) products. Specifically, the MDCC products that are available through our catalogue. Ensuring the continued supply of these products is central to ensuring that patients continue to receive the care they need.
Complete your required EoTP assurance activity
Trusts are responsible for EoTP assurance activity for any suppliers they identify as high risk which are not listed within Annexes A and B of Keith Willets ‘National assurance of medical devices and clinical consumables (MDCC) and non-clinical goods and services (NCGS) suppliers’ email.
Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)
If you have any EoTP queries, that are not related to products in the NHS Supply Chain catalogue, please contact the DHSC via firstname.lastname@example.org
National Supply Disruption Response (NSDR)
For NHS Providers, if you need more volume than you have been provided, please ensure you have:
- Used all your local stock
- Contacted your NHS Supply Chain Customer Services Advisor
- Sought mutual aid from other trusts in your STP.
For Community Healthcare Partners, please ensure you have:
- Followed your usual BAU procedures (which may include wholesale provision)
- Contacted your local trusts or health organisations for mutual aid
- Contacted your Local Resilience Forums
- For PPE submitted your emergency order through the PPE Portal.
Contact the NSDR 24/7 hotline on 0800 915 9964.
Government Secured Freight Capacity
On 13 October 2020, the Department of Transport published its latest update on the contracted freight capacity as part of EoTP. Read more at gov.uk
Working with Suppliers
We have worked and continue to work with suppliers who import from the EU to establish the actions required to support this.
For more information on the requirements across the supplier base, please read the DHSC letter to medicines and medical product suppliers or visit our Supplier UK Transition news article.
If you are a supplier and have an enquiry please visit our Supplier page for more information.
End of EU Transition and PPE Strategy
On 28 September 2020, DHSC published its Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Strategy.
To support the communication, DHSC presented an update to customers on PPE strategy and the End of Transition Period on 29 September 2020 via a webinar hosted by NHS Supply Chain. Updates were provided by Peter Howitt, Director of PPE Policy, and Sandra Barrow, Supplier Engagement Lead. The webinar has been recorded and has been cascaded to all customers who registered. If you missed this webinar, please contact your Customer Relationship Manager for access to the recording.