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Nationally Contracted Products (NCP) Launch : General Wound Care Dressings (ICN 1531)

Important Customer Notice NCP

Ref: 2022/1531 ICN Number: 1531


  • Nationally Contracted Products (NCP) initiative is strategically co led by NHS Improvement and the Department of Health and is being operationalised through the NHS Supply Chain.
  • Four of these NCP’s are renewal’s and two are brand new areas.
  • The aim of the four NCP renewals was to aggregate national demand to provide a sustainable competitive price for the NHS.
  • The two new NCP areas were chosen due to the savings potential and the ability to ensure resilience and continuity of supply.


  • There are six lots:
    Lot 1 – Film Dressings (NCP Renewal)
    Lot 2 – Film Island Dressings (NCP Renewal)
    Lot 4 – Barrier Film (NCP Renewal)
    Lot 5 – Barrier Cream (New NCP)
    Lot 9 – Backed Super Absorbents (NCP Renewal)
    Lot 10 – Non Backed Super Absorbents (New NCP).
  • The awarded suppliers are:
    3M United Kingdom PLC (Lots 1 and 4)
    Bunzl Retail & Healthcare Supplies Limited (Lots 1 and 2)
    Rocialle Healthcare Limited (Lot 2)
    Medicareplus International Limited (Lot 5)
    Richardson Healthcare Limited (Lot 1)
    T J Smith and Nephew Limited (Lots 1,4 and 5)
    Pharmed Limited (Lot 2)
    Paul Hartmann Limited (Lot 9)
    Absorbest AB (Lots 9 and 10)
    KCI Medical Limited (Lot 10)
    Joint Operations (Lot 10)
    H&R Healthcare Limited (Lot 9).
  • As of 14 March 2022, the products of the unsuccessful supplier(s) will be delisted from the online catalogue for a minimum period of 24 months:
    3M United Kingdom PLC (Lot 5)
    BSN Medical Limited (Lot 10)
    Paul Hartmann Limited (Lot 2)
    Medicareplus International Limited (Lot 4)
    Richardson Healthcare Limited (Lot 2, Lot 9)
    T J Smith and Nephew Limited (Lot 2).
  • The NCP product will become available to order on 14 March 2022.
  • There are potential national savings of £1.4 million (13.26%)*.

Next Steps:      

  • For information on trust specific savings opportunities please contact your Customer Relationship Manager. Trust Impact Statements will be available in the week commencing 7 February 2022.
  • If you have any questions about the Nationally Contracted Products, please contact your local NHS Supply Chain Customer Relationship Manager.


*NCP aims to implement the Carter Report recommendations to harness the national buying power of the NHS, remove “unwarranted product variation” and improve efficiency. NCP focuses on reducing variety at a sub category level and channelling national commitment to this optimised product range to drive savings

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  • ICN 1531 NCP General Wound Care Dressing Product Listing

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  • ICN 1531 NCP General Wound Care Dressings Delisted Products

    An Excel file detailing the delisted product codes for ICN 1531.
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